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Governor Whitmer announces 'Futures for Frontliners', G.I. bill program for essential workers
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Governor Whitmer announces 'Futures for Frontliners', G.I. bill program for essential workers

On April 29, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a series of initiatives to help Michigan workers and their families during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including the "Futures for Frontliners” program to provide a tuition-free pathway to college or a technical certificate to essential workers who don’t have a college degree.

Governor Whitmer announces creation of fund to make child care affordable and accessible for families
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Governor Whitmer announces creation of fund to make child care affordable and accessible for families

On April 29, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a $130 million investment to make child care more affordable and accessible for Michigan families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MIWISH Grants available for small employers
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MIWISH Grants available for small employers

The MIOSHA Workplace Improvement to Safety and Health (MIWISH) Grant Program awards qualifying employers a dollar-for-dollar match – up to $5,000 – to purchase safety and health-related equipment and equipment-related training. The goal of the program is to create a safer and healthier work environment and reduce the risk of injury and illness to workers in Michigan.

Governor Whitmer extends Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, directs Michiganders to wear homemade masks in enclosed public spaces
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Governor Whitmer extends Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, directs Michiganders to wear homemade masks in enclosed public spaces

On April 24, 2020 Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-59, extending her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through May 15. The new order will require people to wear homemade face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces. It will also lift some restrictions on outdoor activities and allow some workers who perform previously suspended activities to go back to work.

Rapid Response Economic Relief Fund
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Rapid Response Economic Relief Fund

The COVID-19 crisis poses a severe threat to both our local economy and business community. West Michigan is built on the backbone of entrepreneurship and small business, and the Rapid Response Economic Relief Fund is aimed at delivering short-term financial support to small businesses in need.

Self-employed, other newly eligible workers can apply for unemployment on Monday, $600 federal payments also begin
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Self-employed, other newly eligible workers can apply for unemployment on Monday, $600 federal payments also begin

Michigan’s self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors and low-wage workers affected by COVID-19 can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) beginning Monday, April 13 at 8AM. Under the federal CARES Act, workers on state unemployment have already begun receiving the set $600 federal weekly payment in addition to their state benefit amount. Michigan is one of the first states to begin sending the $600 payment.

The Right Place connects Kent County to 4,500 urgently needed safety glasses for first responders
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The Right Place connects Kent County to 4,500 urgently needed safety glasses for first responders

In late March The Right Place received a call from Kent County urgently seeking 4,500 safety glasses for road patrol officers.

Governor Whitmer extends Stay Home, Stay Safe; social distancing measures
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Governor Whitmer extends Stay Home, Stay Safe; social distancing measures

Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.

The importance of staying committed to college talent recruitment
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The importance of staying committed to college talent recruitment

While your business’ hiring plans may be on hold or evolving, remaining connected to the talent pipeline at local colleges and universities continues to be a critical component to success both within your business and throughout the West Michigan region.

Michigan Paycheck Protection Program goes live
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Michigan Paycheck Protection Program goes live

The Michigan Paycheck Protection Program (MiPPP) provides small businesses in Michigan COVID-19 relief, giving funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll).

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