(Friday - January 15, 2021 - News release from
Michigan Restaurant & lodging Assn.)) -
The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging
Association Educational Foundation (MRLAEF) today announced it will
administer the application process for the Employee Assistance
Grants under Senate Public Act 257 of 2020 (PA 257). Employees
impacted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
(MDHHS) Gathering and Face Mask Order that took effect on November
18, 2020 are eligible to apply for one-time grants up to $1,650
during the application period of January 15 through January 25.
The State of
Michigan Department of Treasury will process Employee Assistance
Grants to approved recipients from the $45 million fund authorized
under PA 257 for employees in the hospitality, entertainment,
recreation, accommodation and food services sectors.
restaurant and hotel employees are suffering right now, and they
need help," said Justin Winslow, President & CEO of the MRLA.
"We are honored to be selected to administer these much-needed
grants and take very seriously our responsibility to process them
efficiently and effectively."
Recent Bureau of
Labor Statistics employment data illustrate that Michigan's
hospitality industry is operating with 33 percent fewer employees
than it was at the same time a year earlier, which is a loss nearly
twice that of the nation overall.
Payments up to
$1,650 will be provided to approved applicants. The grants are not
first come, first serve, meaning the application will be open for
submissions throughout the ten-day period. Applicants must be
Michigan residents, demonstrate proof of employment in one of the
industries noted below on Nov. 18, 2020 when the MDHHS Gathering and
Face Mask Order that took effect, and proof of being negatively
impacted financially as a result of furlough/ layoff / job loss or a
reduction in hours worked.
impacted by the MDHHS Order of November 2020 must have been working
in one of the following industries to qualify for an Employee
Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfast, Resorts
And other such recreational facilities
"We hear daily
from bar and restaurant owners who are worried about their employees
and these grants are a step in the right direction to financially
assist these laid off workers," said Michigan Licensed Beverage
Association (MLBA) Executive Director Scott Ellis. "The MLBA was
glad to be involved in the negotiations with the legislature and
governor on this and we're happy to see it finally materialize. The
next key goal for our industry is getting back to work safely."
The MRLAEF founded
the Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund early in 2020, in
response to the first statewide shutdown of the industry. It raised
several million dollars for displaced restaurant and hotel workers,
processing many checks for those in need, including CARES Act
dollars appropriated by the Michigan legislature. The experience,
reputation and accountability of the MRLAEF to date rendered it an
easy choice to help in the process of administering Employee
"On behalf of 280 members employing nearly 10,000 hard working
citizens of this state, the Bowling Centers Association of Michigan
is pleased to stand with the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging
Association and our hospitality industry allies to launch this
program. Our members and member employees have been devastated by
the ongoing economic impact of this pandemic and the importance of
the Employee Assistance Grants funding to our displaced workers
cannot be understated," said Bo Goergen, Executive Director of the
Bowling Centers Association of Michigan. "We would like to thank the
Michigan Legislature and the Administration for recognizing these
hardships and for the opportunity to provide direct assistance to
our workers. The Bowling Centers Association of Michigan looks
forward to further collaborating with our elected officials on ways
to help our struggling industry."
employees in Michigan should apply for Employee Assistance Grants
online at mrlaef.org/money beginning
at 9 a.m. on Jan. 15 with the deadline for all application
submissions by 5 p.m. on Jan. 25. The grants are not first come,
first serve and the application will be open for submissions for the
entirety of that ten day period. Additional details regarding the
application process are available online at mrlaef.org/money.
encouraged to ensure their submission is accurate and complete as
incorrect submissions will disqualify their application.
information will be required during the online Employee Assistance
Grants application process:
Social security number
Date of hire
Employer business name, manager name, phone number and email
Proof of employment in November 2020 via a paystub or signed
letter on business letterhead stating employment was impacted by
MDHHS Order of November 2020
Assistance Grant applicants will receive an email no later than Feb.
26, 2021 confirming whether the grant was approved or denied. The
State of Michigan Department of Treasury will issue the grant
payments. Grant awards are taxable but will not count against
unemployment as income.