In response to continued urging from MMA and its members, the House of Representatives voted unanimously on 11/8/17 in favor of the MMA-led effort to address key issues with Michigan’s employer-financed unemployment system. House Bills 5165-5172 were all approved 107-0.
Manufacturers want to see strong reforms to curb the proliferation of imposter claims within Michigan’s unemployment system and to prevent fraud. This legislation is the product of hundreds of hours of discussion from a bipartisan workgroup comprised of elected officials, legislative staff, business community representatives, claimant advocates, Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) leadership and the MMA which was appointed by Speaker of the House Tom Leonard.
The bills combat critical issues which have affected Michigan’s employer-financed unemployment system in recent years, including identity theft that has plagued the system with imposter claims. This bipartisan effort will strengthen identity verification processes to prevent imposter claims and establish a clear and communicative process for employers and affected individuals to report imposter claims.
Review the bill synopsis linked here.
The legislation was sent to the Senate where it will likely be referred to the Senate Oversight Committee for review and our hope is to have it to the Governor for his signature by the end of the year.
This article was published in the 11/14/17 issue of MFG Voice.