Michigan – UIA Update


Unemployment Insurance Agency

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

Dear Employers:

UIA is in the process of updating benefit charges for contributing and reimbursing employers. We are taking this action in order to comply with the temporary expansion in unemployment eligibility and cost-sharing that is part of the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-76.

This notice is being sent to assure you that employers will not be charged for employees collecting benefits due to a layoff, leave of absence, temporary shutdown, or reduced work hours for the weeks ending 3/21/2020 through the end of the Executive Order (currently the week of 8/15/2020).  Benefits charges for those weeks will be charged to the Nonchargeable Benefits Account (NBA).

Due to the updating of benefit charging being incomplete, we understand discrepancies occurred in your current billing. We are resolving those discrepancies, updating all accounts with credits, and a new billing statement will be issued to you once our system updates are completed. If you already paid your 2nd quarter 2020 bill and credits are applied later, you may use the credits toward the 3rd quarter 2020 billing or you may request a refund.

To request a refund, log into your MiWAM account. Under the Account Services tab, click “Apply for Credits.”


This January we welcome three new staff accountants

This January, we are excited to announce three full-time staff accountants working in our Grand Rapids and Muskegon offices.

J Photography of Grand Rapids, LLCDavid Milligan has received his bachelor’s in accounting from Grand Valley State University. He is recently married and he and his wife reside in Grand Rapids. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and golfing. He will be working out of our Muskegon office.



J Photography of Grand Rapids, LLCDonny Baird did his undergrad at Grand Valley State University. This year he plans to finish the MSA program and then sit for the CPA exam. In his free time he enjoys bowling. He currently lives in Grand Rapids and will be working in the Muskegon office.



J Photography of Grand Rapids, LLCEric Huizing (previously our tax intern in Grand Rapids) returned to our Grand Rapids office as a full time staff accountant.  He received his Master’s in Accountancy and Chinese from Calvin College. This past year he had the opportunity to study abroad in China. In his free time he enjoys cycling.


Brickley DeLong Welcomes New Accounting Employees!

We are pleased to announce three new employees who will be working at Brickley DeLong.

Andrea Kerkstra
Andrea is originally from Scottville, Michigan. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in 2006. After earning her degree, she worked at an Accounting firm in Gaylord for two and a half years and then a firm in Manistee for three years. Some of her hobbies include reading, traveling, and scuba diving. Andrea will be working in our Grand Rapids office.

Evan Patterson
Evan was born and raised in Ravenna, MI. After graduating high school, he began attending school at Muskegon Community College, and then transferred to Grand Valley State University. At Grand Valley, Evan is currently a senior majoring in Accounting and Finance. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball as well as outdoor activities such as snowboarding and water skiing. Evan will be interning at our Muskegon office during tax season.

Eric Huizing
Eric is a senior at Calvin College and will be graduating with a degree in Accounting and Chinese Language. He is from Grand Rapids and is currently living in Easttown. Some of his hobbies include cycling, film, competition, and brewing beer. He comes from a family of four (three of which are accountants); he believes that this is where his interest in accounting stemmed from. Eric will be interning at our Grand Rapids office during tax season.

Brickley DeLong Welcomes a New Employee

The staff at Brickley DeLong are excited to welcome Kirk Kauffman, CPA to our Grand Rapids Office. Kirk is originally from the Grandville/Jenison area. He received a Bachelor’s as well as a Master’s in Accounting at Grand Valley State University. Since finishing school, he has worked as a CPA in Texas as well as Vermont.

He and his wife are expecting a baby girl in December. Because of this exciting news, they decided to move back to West Michigan to be close to family and friends.

Kirk enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking and camping. In addition, he played water polo at GVSU; he is looking forward to continue playing through a local club team.

I am happy to be with Brickley DeLong and excited about the prospect of joining the Grand Rapids office, which is looking to grow considerably in the near future.  Having the chance to get in at the ‘ground floor’ of that kind of growth was just too good of an opportunity to pass up!  I am hoping that this is the beginning of a long career with Brickley DeLong – Kirk Kauffman

Brickley DeLong Welcomes a New Employee!

We are excited to welcome Larry Hall to the Brickley DeLong family. Larry just moved back to the Muskegon area from North Carolina. While he was there,  he worked as a Intercompany Accountant at Ingersoll-Rand corporate headquarters. Prior to living in North Carolina he worked at another accounting firm in Muskegon in which he performed client accounting, payroll services, and tax services. In 2010, he became a CPA and recieved an MBA from Baker College.

Larry lives in Norton Shores with his wife. He has one daughter. He enjoy road bicycling and playing the guitar. He is a former (retired) musician and used to make a living traveling and playing in bands. He has played at such local events such as Summer Celebration and Party in the Park.

I am very excited to be a part of the team here at Brickley DeLong.  I plan to make a long career here and maybe start playing in bands again as a hobby.- Larry Hall, CPA

Brickley DeLong Welcomes a New Employee

Brickley DeLong is pleased to introduce a new employee! Jennifer Batts, a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University was hired on to be our new marketing assistant. Before receiving her B.S. degree in Advertising and Public Relations, Jennifer worked two different internships where she was responsible for all social media, direct mail, e-mail marketing, and creating and designing ads. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, biking, and skiing. We are excited to have her as part of the Brickley DeLong family.