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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates in Your State

Please see below for the most up to date information from the governor’s office and various state agencies regarding COVID-19 orders that impact small businesses.

  • Changes state and city income tax due date to July 15, 2020.
  • Prohibits employer retaliation toward an employee who stays home due to COVID-19 related issues. Expires at the end of the declared State of Emergency
  • Creation of a spirits buyback program for restaurants and bars throughout the state. Expires 90 days after the end of the declared State of Emergency
  • Expansions in unemployment eligibility and cost-sharing. Expires at the end of the declared State of Emergency
  • Safeguards to protect Michigan’s workers from COVID-19 – workplace practices for each industry. Expires at the end of the declared State of Emergency
  • Temporary restrictions on certain events, gatherings, and businesses. Expires at the end of the declared State of Emergency
  • Temporary suspension of youth work permit application requirements. Expires July 3
  • Temporary safety measures for food-selling establishments and pharmacies and temporary relief from requirements applicable to the renewal of licenses for the food-service industry. Expires July 15
  • Renewed declaration of emergency. Expires July 16
  • Includes COVID-19 in workers comp. Expires at the end of the declared State of Emergency

The following emergency rules have been issued:

  • The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity has issued an emergency rule related to certain employees suffering a compensable personal injury under the Workers’ Disability Compensation Act due to COVID-19.
  • The Workers’ Disability Compensation Agency issued an emergency rule related to injuries to first response employees. The rule states that Unless proven otherwise, a first response employee suffers a personal injury that arises out of and in the course of employment if the first response employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, whether by a physician or as a result of a test. Denial of a claim by a first response employee diagnosed with COVID19 violates the worker’s disability compensation act of 1969, 1969 PA 317, MCL 418.101 to 418.941, and is subject to the penalties provided by section 631 of the worker’s disability compensation act of 1969, 1969 PA 317, MCL 418.631, unless the denial is based on specific facts demonstrating that the first response employee was not exposed to COVID-19 at work.

Additional COVID-19 Small Business Updates and Resources

  • Enterprising trial attorneys seek to take advantage of small business with questionable COVID-19 lawsuits. Michigan Small Business Needs Protection from Frivolous COVID-19 Lawsuits Read Full Article
  • NFIB announced that its Michigan political action committee has endorsed incumbent State House legislators running for reelection NFIB Michigan PAC Endorses Candidates for State House Elections Read Full Article
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