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Labor and Economic Opportunity

What is different about the new COVID-19 Returning to Work policy and the Agency's previous Returning to Work policy?

The new policy reminds employers of their obligations to maintain safe workplaces in compliance with state and federal law and guidance. The policy advises employers that in the age of COVID-19, workplaces must comply with COVID-19 workplace safety specific requirements established by the appropriate state and federal government agencies.

The policy also expands the definition of “good cause” for employees who refuse an offer of suitable work if the good cause is related to a COVID-19 reason. The policy is consistent with and adopts provisions of the CARES Act, U.S. Department of Labor guidance, CDC guidance, MIOSHA guidance, Michigan’s Executive Orders, and the MI Safe Start plan.