State Employees Returning to Work Get Workplace Protections

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an Executive Directive late last week meant to protect state employees from COVID-19, which is reported to be on the rise in the state. The order requires state departments and autonomous agencies to tighten up their policies and procedures to protect workers returning to work.

Whitmer said, “Our state employees’ tireless efforts on our behalf have saved lives and protected our most vulnerable communities, and we must ensure that when they return to work, they can feel safe from the spread of COVID-19. This executive directive will ensure that every state workplace implements strict safety measures to protect our state employees, their families, and Michiganders everywhere from this virus. I will continue to use every tool at my disposal to protect the people of Michigan from the spread of COVID-19.” 

According to the directive, return-to-work policies must address, at a minimum, personal protection equipment, social distancing, cleaning, employee screening, procedures for returning employees to work areas, and communication to employees on policies. 

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland