Legislature Passes Modified COVID Unemployment
and Employer Liability Protections
Overnight, the Legislature passed MMA-supported bills codifying numerous COVID-related protections in the wake of a Michigan Supreme Court ruling that vacated Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders related to the pandemic. Earlier this week, the Michigan Supreme Court made clear that the decision was effective when the order was entered on 10/2/20.
Senate Bill 886 (Senator Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth) restores some language from the Governor’s executive orders that provides flexibility in unemployment claims during the pandemic and protects employers from a spike in their unemployment taxes. The bill ensures that Michigan maintains access to federal funding for extended unemployment benefits by temporarily maintaining a 26-week state benefit duration and allows employers a full year to protest unemployment claims made between 3/15/20 and 1/1/21. Importantly, SB 886 restores the requirement that a claimant be actively engaged in a work search as a condition of receiving benefits.
House Bills 6030 (Representative Tom Albert, R-Lowell), 6031 (Representative Tommy Brann, R-Wyoming) and 6101 (Representative Wendell Byrd, D-Detroit) provide critically important protections for employers from all civil tort claims and actions under the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act (MIOSHA) as long as the employer follows all relevant statutes, rules, regulations and orders that were in legal effect at the time.
MMA was a leading voice in the creation, negotiation and enactment of this legislation. To learn more, contact MMA’s Mike Johnston at 517-487-8554 or email@example.com.
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