Nessel addresses confusion over businesses deemed 'critical'

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has posted a video online to address questions surrounding employment rights considering Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order.

The Attorney General’s office added a new section to its website Thursday, “Know Your Employment Rights,” to provide Michigan residents with more information on the legal rights of employees and employers under the executive order.

Nessel called on the cooperation of law enforcement agencies and the public to ensure the executive orders are followed.

“We have already put information up on our website specifically directed to the law enforcement community,” she said. “In addition, my staff is working with the governor’s office to get new information up on their website every day – information that will help clarify which businesses should temporarily suspend or reduce their onsite operations.”

That information can be found through the Guidance for Business page on the state’s website devoted to COVID-19.

Willful violations of the order can result in a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail for each violation. Violations should be reported to law enforcement that oversees the jurisdiction in which the alleged offense occurred. 

The state’s COVID-19 website also has information on the Governor’s executive orders, directives and FAQs which allows for review of each order and its own frequently asked questions (FAQs).

“We are all in this together. If you can work from home, please do so,” Nessel said. “If you are a business and the Governor’s order requires you to reduce your onsite operations or temporarily suspend your onsite operations, please do that. For those who must work, please follow social distancing guidelines.”

If an employee believes their employer is failing to take the proper precautions to protect employees from exposure to various threats, they can learn how to file a complaint with MIOSHA online.  


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