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Publications | April 6, 2020
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Governor Whitmer Prohibits Retaliation Against Employees Who Stay Home Because They (or Someone They Have Close Contact With) Have COVID-19 or Its Symptoms

On Friday, April 3, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-36, aimed at “protecting workers that stay home, stay safe when they or their close contacts are sick.”

Under the Order, employers are prohibited from discharging, disciplining or retaliating against employees who stay home if they meet certain criteria outlined in the Order, including: 

    Violation of the recommendation removes the protection. If an employee returns to work before the time periods set forth above, they are not entitled to the protection against retaliation, discipline or discharge.
    The Order further provides:

      If you have any questions concerning the new Executive Order 2020-36 or any other labor and employment issue, please contact a member of Warner’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.