Labor and Economic Opportunity
We're all anxious to get Michigan back to work, but we must ensure that we are properly prepared to reopen our economy safely. Learn more about how we can do that by checking out our resources for your industry, or for industry as a whole.
With employers across the state working to keep their employees, customers and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Michigan has launched Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant Program. These grants will provide small businesses matching funds – up to $10,000 – to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spread through safety and health-related equipment purchased and training in response to COVID-19.
The initial grant application window will be open from Monday, July 27 through Friday, August 7, 2020, with awards given shortly thereafter.
Are you in need of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) including face masks, face shields, gloves and goggles as your business transitions to in-person operations over the coming weeks? Pure Michigan Business Connect is offering a procurement program to assist businesses in accessing non-medical grade Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to keep their employees and customers safe as they begin resuming in-person operations, as is required by Executive Order 2020-97.
The Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has developed new guidance on Suitable Work and Refusal of Work for workers and employers.
While the guidance reminds employers of their obligations to follow workplace safety laws and guidance related to COVID-19, it also focuses on policy that expanding good-cause related to COVID-19 for employees who refuse offers of work and seek to continue receiving unemployment benefits.
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) launched a new hotline to help answer COVID-19 workplace guideline questions. The new toll-free number will provide additional support, utilizing experienced MIOSHA staff, to best answer questions from employers and workers to quickly respond to inquiries related to COVID-19 for all involved.
Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health may contact MIOSHA using the new hotline at
Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan outlines how we will begin to re-engage while continuing to keep our communities safe. Re-engagement will happen in phases. Those businesses that are necessary to protect and sustain life are already open. As we move into lower-risk phases, additional business categories will re-open and the restrictions on public gatherings and social interactions will ease.
MI Safe Start Map is an online dashboard that visually illustrates COVID-19 risks and trends in Michigan, providing residents with important information about the pandemic status where they live and work.
In an effort to help reopen businesses safely and re-engage in the economy, the MI Symptoms Web Application is a cost-free way for employers to comply with Executive Order 2020-145 and implement a COVID-19 symptoms screening questionnaire for employees.
Employers who want to register their business for MI Symptoms need to complete this form.