Employee Resources




Companies like Perrigo, SpartanNash, Meijer and many others are hiring at high volumes to keep up with current demand. Numerous positions are still available. Browse available jobs using the linked portals below.


The Hello West Michigan Featured Job Portal contains temporary, full and part-time positions from many of its 80 member companies. View the job portal using the link below.

Futures for Frontliners Scholarship Program

On September 10, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer launched the nation's first program offering tuition-free college to an estimated 625,000 Michiganders who provided essential, frontline services during the COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Safe orders between April-June 2020.

What are essential industries?

The State of Michigan has identified the following as essential industries:

To be eligible for the program, applicants must:

  • Be a Michigan resident

  • Complete a Futures for Frontliners scholarship application by 11:59 pm on December 31, 2020

  • Have worked in an essential industry at least half-time for 11 of the 13 weeks between April 1 - June 30, 2020 (view a list of essential occupations)

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent, e.g. GED; Those without a high school diploma or equivalency are eligible for services to help them prepare for and complete this credential

  • Apply to and be admitted to a Michigan public community college

  • Have not previously earned an associate or bachelor’s degree

  • Complete the current-year (FAFSA)

  • Not be in default on a Federal student loan

  • Enroll at least half time for an associate degree or industry-recognized certificate

  • Enroll and begin classes in the winter, summer, or fall semester of 2021

More information for West Michigan essential workers interested in the Futures for Frontliners scholarship program can be found here. 

Unemployment & 

Federal Programs


Benefits are available to workers who have been temporarily laid off or lost their job through no fault of their own, and who have earned wages in Michigan over the past 18 months, and/or who passed the earnings test.

The earnings test is someone who with at least $3,589 in wages during one of the four quarters of 2019, had earnings in at least two quarters, and their total wages for the year were at least 1.5 times the wages of the highest-earning quarter.In response to the coronavirus crisis, Whitmer has expanded the unemployment insurance program to include:

  • Sick workers: Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.


  • Workers caring for children out of school or ill family members: Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off


  • First responders: Individuals working in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19 and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.

During the coronavirus crisis, workers have 28 days to file a claim from the time they stopped working. That’s an extension from the normal 14-day deadline As a result of the coronavirus crisis, Whitmer has expanded the number of weeks that people can receive unemployment from 20 weeks to 26 weeks.

Your weekly unemployment benefit is calculated based on your earnings. Currently, the maximum benefit is $362 per week.

For more information and how to apply:  View the comprehensive fact sheet from the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) on claiming unemployment benefits in Michigan during the COVID-19 health crisis.


*Note: The UIA is working hard to handle the influx of applications for unemployment benefits.Under the CARES Act, unemployment benefits have been expanded to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment insurance. This includes workers who are self-employed, 1099-independent contractors, gig economy workers, and low-wage workers who can no longer work due to the outbreak.

**If someone has already applied for unemployment benefits prior to the CARE Act passage, they do not need to re-apply at this time. Additional guidance from UIA regarding eligibility and application details will be released in the coming days.


Online Filing Schedule:

Workers are encouraged to go online during off-peak times between 8 PM-8 AM

  • Last names beginning with letters A-L are asked to file claims on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.

  • Last names beginning with letters M-Z are asked to file claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.

  • Saturdays will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window. 

Call Center Filing Schedule - 866-500-0017:

  • Last names beginning with letters A-L are asked to call on Mondays and Wednesdays between 8:00am – 5:00pm.

  • Last names beginning with letters M-Z are asked to call on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:00am – 5:00pm.

  • Fridays (8:00am – 5:00pm) will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window. 


West Michigan Works! has created a resource center for employers & employees related to unemployment and COVID-19. View a toolkit from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), fact sheets, general guidance resources, handbooks and more on the West Michigan Works! site using the link below. 

Other Helpful



United Way's 2-1-1 connects people to thousands of services in 14 counties: Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Ionia, Kalkaska, Kent, Lake, Leelanau, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, Oceana, and Osceola. Services include food, shelter, utility assistance, disaster recovery, childcare, transportation, and more. Whoever you are, whatever your needs, 2-1-1 makes it easy to find help for yourself, a neighbor, or a loved one. In 2017, we answered more than 60,000 calls for help. (Please note that 2-1-1 is an information and referral service and does not provide direct services or financial assistance.)


Local First has developed multiple resources to help community members identify and support local businesses that are offering online sales/adapted services during the COVID-19 crisis. Explore what local businesses have to offer using the links below. 

Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. has also launched a new website, lovelocalgr.com, to help inform residents about which local restaurants are still open and offering take-out options, which local retailers are selling merchandise online, and which service providers are offering virtual options/digital gift card sales. Explore the site using the link below.


Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services has shifted its outpatient clinics to exclusively provide Telehealth services. Highly trained professionals can provide therapy sessions anywhere in Michigan and Iowa that you have high-speed Internet access. The sessions use an online video much like Skype or Facetime. Online therapy has proven to be just as effective as in-person therapy.


Disability Advocates of Kent County (DAKC) connects area businesses, persons with disabilities and the public to resources that address the needs of the disability community. They are available during the COVID-19 crisis to assist individuals experiencing any disability related issues, including locating and securing needed supports such as employment, housing, transportation, healthcare, financial assistance and others.


For employers, DAKC can help solve accommodation issues for employees with disabilities and connect you with other business supports related to disability issues. 


The State of Michigan, in partnership with the Connected Nation Michigan, released a statewide Wi-Fi hotspot map today to assist residents who currently lack internet access at home. To date, more than 300 Wi-Fi hotspot locations are available from the parking lots of public schools, libraries and other locations across the state. In addition to the location, the map also contains details on how to access the Wi-Fi hotspots’ networks.