Most people who collect unemployment are completely out of work and searching regularly for a new full-time job. However, some workers may collect partial unemployment benefits if their employers cut their hours drastically enough to affect their ability to support themselves. In Michigan, workers can collect partial unemployment if their hours were not cut for a disciplinary reason and they don't make more than a certain amount. Partial unemployment counts against an employee's maximum benefits.
You can claim partial unemployment in Michigan if your employer drastically reduces your hours or if you work part time after qualifying for unemployment. You must be working only part time through no fault of your own. For example, if your boss cuts your hours because there is no work available on some days, you can qualify for partial unemployment. However, you cannot get partial unemployment if your boss cuts your hours due to chronic lateness or other behavior issues.
In most circumstances, you will not receive your full unemployment benefits if you work part time. Michigan calculates your partial unemployment benefits by comparing your wages to your weekly benefit amount. If you earn less than your weekly benefit amount in a given week, Michigan subtracts 50 cents from your weekly benefit amount for each dollar you earn. If you earn more than your weekly benefit amount, Michigan subtracts your total wages from 1 1/2 times your weekly benefit amount.
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You cannot earn more than 1 1/2 times your weekly benefit amount and continue to receive unemployment income. In addition, if you receive less than 1 1/2 times your weekly benefit amount but your wages plus your weekly benefit amount add up to more than 1 1/2 times your weekly benefit amount, you will not qualify for unemployment benefits. You can work as many days as you'd like, as long as you do not exceed these limitations.
Each week that you qualify for partial unemployment benefits counts against your maximum number of weeks of unemployment benefits. Most people in Michigan qualify for unemployment for 26 weeks; if you get partial unemployment for four weeks, you only qualify for unemployment for an additional 22 weeks. This is true even if you receive only a few dollars as an unemployment benefit due to the amount you earned during a particular week.