Mich. Jobless Can Claim Unemployment Benefits Through New Year's 12-15-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Mich. Jobless Can Claim Unemployment Benefits Through New Year's 12-15-2010

Although the state of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) will be closed on the two days prior to Christmas and the two days before New Year’s Day, unemployed workers can still contact the agency’s automated MARVIN system throughout the two weeks to claim their unemployment benefits.
“MARVIN (Michigan’s Automated Response Voice Interactive Network) does not take time off for the holidays,” UIA Director Stephen Geskey said. “So, while our offices will be closed on the next two Thursdays and Fridays, December 23 and 24, and December 30 and 31, MARVIN will be available by telephone or through the Internet all week, Monday through Friday, and even on the Saturday of Christmas Day.”
“MARVIN’s continued availability throughout the holiday period is important for the 336,000 unemployed workers in the state who are claiming and relying on their unemployment benefits,” Geskey said.
Unemployed workers claiming benefits in Michigan must contact MARVIN by telephone or online once every two weeks to claim their unemployment benefits. During their MARVIN contacts, individuals certify that they are unemployed and meet the eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits. After the MARVIN contact, their benefits are normally authorized and issued on the next business day.
Because of the upcoming holiday, Geskey said, there may be a one- or two-day delay before the benefits are either directly deposited into the bank accounts or loaded onto the debit cards of unemployed workers. The holidays are observed by Michigan state government and most financial institutions.
“It normally takes two to three business days for electronic payments to reach an individual’s bank account or debit card,” Geskey said. “While MARVIN will accept the individual’s certification, the holidays could cause processing delays by banks.”
During the Christmas and New Year’s weeks, Geskey said the agency will be using the following schedule for authorizing and posting unemployment benefit payments:
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