Economy

Stay-Home Order Extended Until June 12; Bars, Restaurants, Casinos Still Closed

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order Friday extending the Safer at Home deadline through June 12. She also kept casinos, bars and restaurants in lower Michigan closed.

Retail, Auto Dealers Back By Appointment Only Under New Order

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer loosened restrictions on retail businesses and auto dealers throughout the state, allowing them to reopen by appointment only.

Michigan’s Unemployment Rate Exceeds National Average

With stay-home orders in place closing all but essential businesses most of the last 10 weeks, unemployment claims began soaring. In April, they hit historic highs.

States Seeing Mixed COVID Results as Economies Reopen Around the Country

Health experts warned that reopening the U.S. economy too quickly could cause a surge in COVID-19 cases. In many cases, they've been right.

Oakland County Sets Aside $30 Million for Pandemic Impact on Local Governments

Like most businesses, local governments have been hit hard during the COVID-19 crisis. In Oakland County, local governments are about to get some help.

Retail, Bars, Restaurants Open in UP, Traverse City; Workplace Training, Mandates Announced

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the easing of restrictions in the two northern-most sections of the state just in time for Memorial Day.

SBA Releases PPP Forgiveness Application, Guidelines to Come

The Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application.

MIOSHA Announces New Back to Work Guidelines

As the governor begins to open more segments of Michigan's economy, state officials have begun issuing safety and health requirements companies will need to operate in the COVID-19 environment.

New Council Will Chart Path for Return to School Buildings in the Fall

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unveiled a plan Friday to chart a path for the state's 1.5 million public school students to return to in-person learning in the fall.

Language-Access Expert: Businesses Need to Step Up on Access Because ‘We’re All in This...

Language access, an issue of national importance across the board, is taking on additional importance for businesses, government and other organizations as they learn to adapt as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan Senate, House Reports Paint Bleak Fiscal Picture

The Senate Fiscal Agency is projecting the state will have to make some $2.6 billion in cuts to the budget to cover shortfalls in the general fund and the school aid fund.

SPECIAL REPORT: Laws, Regulations Crunching Businesses Trying to Survive

States around the country are beginning to reopen, and businesses are trying to climb out of the COVID-19 morass. But many fear cumbersome laws and regulations could make that difficult.

Facing Massive Deficit, State Furloughs Workers to Save Salary Costs

Facing a huge budget deficit this fiscal year, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday more than 31,000 employees will be asked to take two furlough days per pay period through July.

Billions Flow, Billions Remain in Paycheck Protection Program’s Second Phase

Even with some businesses turning loans down, and others returning money, billions of dollars are flowing through the Paycheck Protection Program's second phase.

Manufacturers Back on the Job as Stay Home Restrictions Ease

Hundreds of thousands of workers in the manufacturing industry began coming back to the job Monday, the effects of the easing of restrictions by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

As Hotels Prepare to Re-open, the Industry Looks to Partner with Health, Technology Experts

Knowing it won't be business as usual, the hospitality industry is putting protocols in place that will let customers feel comfortable using them when they reopen.

Whitmer: Six-Phase Plan ‘Critical’ to Reopening Michigan’s Economy

Working with business, education and healthcare leaders, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is using a six-phase plan to restart Michigan's economy.

Remote Job Seekers Still Need to ‘Dress for Success,’ Practice for Virtual Interviews

Even when applying for jobs or interviewing remotely, experts say job seekers need to make sure they maintain a level of professionalism.

Manufacturing, Automakers Cleared to Resume, Stay-Home Order Extended to May 28

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an order Thursday allowing manufacturers, automakers and auto suppliers back to work, and extending the stay-at-home order through May 28.

Executive Order Designed to Expedite Unemployment Benefits for Thousands

An executive order signed by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is designed to speed up the flow of unemployment benefits to tens of thousands of claimants.
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