Michigan Works! Moves to Virtual Appointment Only Process

All contact with Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren will be by appointment only, and it will be done in a virtual mode as they provide service remotely.

Effective tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th, all Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass and Van Buren service centers will be closed for walk-in services and will shift to providing service remotely.

Nevertheless, Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren remains available to answer questions and assist the public and business owners across Southwest Michigan, just not in person. To schedule a phone or virtual appointment with Michigan Works!, visit online at www.miworks.org or call 269-927-1799.

Until further notice, Michigan Works! service center workshops, job fairs, and large group activities are all postponed.

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To file an unemployment claim, you are asked to please file online at the link below or call 1-866-500-0017. You are not required to report in person at Michigan Works! to register for work. Here’s the link to file online: http://Michigan.gov/UIA

Recently, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-10 to temporarily expand eligibility and lift reporting requirements for unemployment benefits. Under the governor’s order, access to benefits for unemployed workers will also be extended:

  • Benefits will be increased from 20 to 26 weeks.
  • The application eligibility period will be increased from 14 to 28 days
  • The normal in-person registration and work search requirements will be suspended.

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The coronavirus outbreak is rapidly evolving, and information and decisions are subject to change at any time. Michigan Works! will continue to follow the recommended guidelines by public health authorities.

Michigan Works! of Berrien, Cass, Van Buren specializes in educating, training, and employing individuals of all ages. They work with local businesses to find out what keeps them up at night and help them tackle the most pressing challenges they may face, including attracting and retaining talent. For more information, visit online at www.miworks.org.