BY: Tad T. Roumayah | IN: COVID-19, Employment Law
According to the order, employers cannot discharge, discipline, or otherwise retaliate against the following workers who stay home during the COVID-19 state of emergency:
Employers must treat these workers as if they were taking medical leave under the Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act. If the employee has no paid leave, then the leave may be unpaid. Employers are permitted, but not required, to use the employee’s accrued leave for the time that the employee is off for the above reasons.
However, an employer may still discharge or discipline an employee:
Governor Whitmer’s order does not apply to certain classes of employees, such as:
These employees are excluded from the mandate provided that their employers’ rules governing occupational health allow them to return to work.
If you need assistance with workplace issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact the employment law attorneys at Sommers Schwartz today. We are working remotely and are still on the case and here to help.
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Tad Roumayah focuses his practice primarily on employment litigation, representing employees who have encountered discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, whistleblower protection claims, wage and hour violations and other employment issues and disputes.