Three Rivers, MI asked in Employment Law for Michigan

Q: Is it refusal of work if I wasn’t offered a specific job, pay, hours etc.

I was a temp in 2020 and I lost my job due to a COVID related hiring freeze. My Temp agency called wanting me to come in and see what other jobs were available. I told them I would be applying outside of a temp agency. I soon ended up on unemployment. Now In 2022 unemployment wants their money back because my agency reported Refusal to accept work back in 2020. I was never offered a specific job/ suitable work. From my understanding I needed a specific job offer for it to quality as refusal. I’m wanting to put in a protest to unemployment and hopefully clear the debt I have but need to know if I’m even in the right to do so. This is all in Michigan work and unemployment.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: You need to find an unemployment attorney. Not sure if you have much of an argument if the temp agency wanted you to come in to see what jobs are available, and you told them no.

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