Working for You!

Dear Neighbor,

It is an honor to serve as your state senator, but it’s an even greater honor to try to help people in our community get back to work. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people underemployed or unemployed, and exacerbated problems with employment for women, people of color, and other minority groups.

Oakland County is a great place with incredible opportunities, but it’s not always easy to find them. I’ve put this newsletter together to make it easier to learn about available state and local help, and to let you know what my colleagues and I have been working on. It’s important to me that you can put food on the table and keep a roof over your head, and that I provide you with informational resources to help you find a job, get a better one, or change careers entirely.

We’re all in this together. If my office can ever be of assistance to you, please let us know by calling (517) 373-2417 or email me at

Working for You,

Rosemary Bayer
State Senator
District 12

(855) DIST012 or (855) 347-8012
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Senate Democrats are working hard every day to ensure that when you are without work, you’ll still have the support and resources you need to get by. Whether it’s increasing the minimum wage, requiring earned paid sick time, or protecting employees from scrupulous employers, we’re here for you. Here’s a summary of some legislation we’ve introduced to tackle this tough issue:

Senate Bill 2
Increase maximum number of unemployment benefit weeks.
Senate Bill 173
Allow low-wage school employees to collect unemployment benefits during summer months.
Senate Bill 168
Increase maximum weekly unemployment benefit amount and modify dependent calculation.
Senate Bill 174
Allow low-wage school employees to collect unemployment benefits during summer months.
Senate Bill 169
Increase maximum weekly unemployment benefit amount.
Senate Bill 175
Expand unemployment benefits for certain employees during a declared emergency.
Senate Bill 170
Increase weekly dependent care amount and benefit period.
Senate Bill 176
Modify the non-monetary eligibility and qualification for unemployment benefits.
Senate Bill 171
Modify unemployment multiplier used to determine wage eligibility.
Senate Bill 445
Modify eligibility for certain individuals to receive unemployment benefits.
Senate Bill 172
Modify the standard for determining and considering employment of benefits during certain emergencies.
Senate Bill 501
Require an applicant for unemployment benefits to register with a Michigan Works agency within a certain period.

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Oakland County Michigan Works! Programs

Oakland County’s Workforce Development Division serves as the Oakland County Michigan Works! Agency and administers a variety of workforce programs and services. In partnership with employers, educators, economic developers, and community organizations, it seeks to create a qualified workforce that meets the current and future talent needs of the county’s businesses.

Services provided for job seekers include:

• Job Search Assistance
• Tuition Assistance for Education/Training
• Career Coaching
• Workshops – Interviewing, Resume Development and Job Searches • Job Fairs and Events

Services provided for employers include:

• Talent Recruitment
• Training Funds
• Apprenticeship Programs
• Candidate Pre-Screening
• Hiring and Training Support
• Employee Retention Programs

Visit for more information on any of these topics or to find an office near you.



The new Michigan Reconnect program provides eligible adults aged 25 or older with the opportunity to earn a tuition-free associate degree or skills certificate at their local, in-district community colleges or select private training schools.

Available training programs include:

• Tuition assistance
• FREE certificate training right at home (Oakland NEXT) • CNC machine operation
• Medical assistant apprenticeship
• Retail worker retraining

Certifications and licenses often can be obtained in less than a year, and many skilled trades can be learned through apprenticeships or short-term training. For more information, visit


Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency urges Michiganders to use Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) to file unemployment claims and to check the status of those claims. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, folks are experiencing longer wait times, but filing online remains the fastest way to apply for unemployment benefits.


Go online at to to use the MiWAM portal, OR
Call 1-866-500-0017, select Option 1; TTY callers: 1-866-366-0004


Resources for Businesses & Childcare

Business Resources

Advantage Oakland
Advantage Oakland is the best place to look if you are a business in need of financial support, mentoring, networking, and more. They can supply you with information about Oakland County grants, business grants and loans, Small Business Association loans, and a tax-exempt bond program.

Located in Waterford, they regularly host workshops throughout the community to help businesses thrive. They also provide resources for employers and employees. Visit to learn more about their programs and services, including COVID-19-related supports.

Childcare Resources Oakland County Child Care Council
Childcare is an essential service for working parents. Quality childcare
can make a significant difference in a child’s learning, growth, and social opportunities from a young age. Residents of Oakland County are fortunate to have the Oakland County Child Care Council in their corner, which provides resources and referral information for families. Visit to learn more.

Having difficulty paying for childcare? You might be eligible for assistance through the MI Bridges program. Visit to learn more.

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