Legislature Calls on Gov. Whitmer to Adopt Federal Guidelines for Essential Workers

The state legislature voted Tuesday to approve resolutions that encourage Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to adopt the updated federal guidelines for essential workers and begin getting Michiganders safely back to work.

Senator Dan Lauwers, Republican from Brockway Township, said in a statement, “We cannot seriously address the need to reopen the state until we start following the latest federal guidelines. There we will find updated safety procedures for different industries and a path forward for allowing workers in construction and other fields to return to work, as they have done in so many other states.”

In mid-March the federal government outlined standards for essential workers. Whitmer subsequently adopted the recommended guidelines for essential workers in Michigan. As new information and research were made available, the federal government issued amended guidelines on two separate occasions: the first set of changes came on March 28 and the most recent on April 17.

The Senate resolution call on the governor to join other states in adopting the most recent federal guidelines for which employees are “essential” which would allow more workers who can safely do so to return to work.

Reporting for WGRT – Marty Doorn