In a press conference Monday, Governor Whitmer signed executive orders to simplify the application process for work permits, extend the ability of the state to hold administrative hearings by phone or video conference, and lift weight and other delivery restrictions on PPE and medical supplies.
Youth can now obtain work permits without having to submit them in person at their local school administration building. Permits can now be mailed, emailed, faxed or sent via the web until June 8th so the youth workforce, a valuable component during the pandemic, can be mobilized more quickly.
Executive Order 2020-80, which continues to allow certain state administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone in place of in-person hearings, is also in effect through June 8th. The order allows Michigan Employment Relations Commission, Unemployment Insurance Agency, and other administrative hearings to take place remotely. It also temporarily allows e-signatures on documents.