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Attorney General Nessel addresses confusion over Michigan's 'Stay Home, Stay Safe' order

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Posted at 8:43 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 10:11:41-04

LANSING, Mich. — Friday Evening, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel posted a video to address questions surrounding employment rights considering Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 'Stay Home, Stay Safe' executive order. The video can be viewed here.

Nessel's office added a new section to its website Thursday, labeled Know Your Employment Rights, to provide Michigan residents with more information on the legal rights of employees and employers under the executive order.

"We have already put information up on our website specifically directed to the law enforcement community,” Nessel said. “In addition, my staff is working with the Governor’s office to get new information up on their website every day – information that will help clarify which businesses should temporarily suspend or reduce their onsite operations.”

Willful violations of the order can result in a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail for each violation. Violations should be reported to law enforcement that oversees the jurisdiction in which the alleged offense occurred.

Michigan's COVID-19 website also has information on the Governor’s executive orders, directives, and FAQs which allows for review of each order and its own frequently asked questions.

If you are an employee and you believes your employer is failing to take the proper precautions to protect employees from exposure to various threats, they can learn how to file a complaint with MIOSHA online here.