Can I file for underemployment in Michigan when my employer reduces my 40 hr work week ?
Question Details: I've been working at 711 food store and my hours have been cut week to week to as low as 27 hrs
No...there is no underemployment insurance. If you are fired (and not for cause), you could file for unemployment; if while on unemployment, you get a part time job that pays a small amount, you'd still be able to collect some unemployment, though your earnings would function as at least a partial offset against them. (Go to the MI Dept. of Labor website for more information.) However, if you are still at the same employer and they cut your hours or salary, there is no sort of insurance to file for.
Note that depending on what you are earning ($$$, not hours), you might be eligible for certain other kinds of assistance, such as food stamps.
I agree with the above post. If you want to check on this, the issue is covered by Section 48 of the Michigan Employment Security Act and the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) Administrative Rules 112, 113, and 302.
Here's a link to the state site that will explain further eligibility requirements: http://www.michigan.gov/uia/0,1607,7-118-26831_27122_27127-78551--,00.html