Know Your Employment Rights

  • Please use this general guidance to help determine whether a worker is a “Critical Infrastructure Worker” under the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order (EO 2020-21). This is not an exhaustive overview of the requirements of the Executive Order. 

    Under the EO, individuals should not leave their homes for work unless that work is part of our “critical infrastructure” as described in the Executive Order, which adopts classifications outlined by the federal Cyber & Infrastructure Security Agency. 

    In turn, businesses and operations that employ “Critical Infrastructure Workers” may continue in-person operations if those activities follow social distancing practices and take other measures to protect workers and patrons. 

Critical Infrastructure Workers

  • Many business owners and employees are confused about whether their organization is considered “essential” – in which case they should remain open – or “non-essential” and therefore must comply with Governor Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order 2020-21

    The following is a list of categories considered to be critical and essential to protecting the health and safety of our community.  

Other Critical Infrastructure Workers

    • Childcare workers serving critical infrastructure worker’s families
    • Designated suppliers, distribution centers or service providers for businesses employing critical infrastructure workers
    • Insurance industry workers
    • Providers of food, shelter and other necessities for the needy
    • Workers providing critical labor union functions

Other Workers Authorized to Work Under the Executive Order

    • Workers who maintain minimum basic operations to preserve inventory and equipment, care for animals, ensure security, process transactions or facilitate the ability of other workers to work remotely
    • Necessary government activities, including law enforcement, public safety and other first responders, public transit, waste pick up and disposal, elections workers, operations that support critical infrastructure workers, and maintenance of public parks

Frequently Asked Questions About Employee Rights and Employer Obligations and COVID-19


Suggested Practices for Police and Prosecutors

  • On Monday, March 23, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Emergency Executive Order 2020-21, entitled Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.

    The order is generally known as Stay Home, Stay Safe and directs all persons in Michigan to stay at home, subject to limited exceptions. 

    The order provides that it must be broadly construed in favor of prohibiting in-person work. 

    The Attorney General offers the following guidance to law enforcement agencies when confronted with a potential violation of EO 2020-21.

Questions about COVID-19?

  • Questions about COVID-19? Call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136, 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Email COVID19@michigan.gov 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Emails will be answered 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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