RETURN-TO-WORK: WORKPLACE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS DURING COVID-19
November 1, 2020
For those who are working in public during the COVID-19 outbreak, effective workplace safety is a great concern. For everyone’s safety, violations should be reported to local public health departments and appropriate state agencies. Discrimination or retaliation for raising COVID-19 workplace safety concerns is prohibited.
COVID-19 EMPLOYMENT LAW INSIGHTS AND RESOURCES
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present many challenges for the Michigan workplace. The law and circumstances are changing almost daily. We are regularly monitoring and updating workplace rights resources we have found helpful. Additional Blanchard & Walker Resource Pages and Factsheets provide more detailed discussion on specific COVID-19 topics:
- Workplace Safety – Industry Specific and Local Guidance in Michigan
- UIA Unemployment Benefits in Michigan under COVID-19
- The Courts and COVID-19
COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT AND PANDEMIC ASSISTANCE RESOURCES
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Since April 2020, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has been accepting applications for the broadest category of potential recipients under federal law reforms related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers defined as “self-employed” or otherwise defined as independent contractors are able to claim unemployment benefits as a result of the federal disaster relief package known as the CARES Act. And workers who ran out of benefit weeks after January 1, 2020 will be able to re-qualify for additional benefits weeks up to 39 weeks of total benefits.