Gov. Whitmer signs executive order suspending youth work permit application requirements

Posted at 11:35 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 13:56:26-04

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-79 Monday, which suspends certain requirements for youth to obtain a work permit in the state.

With the suspension of the remainder of the school year, the governor's recognizes that it may be difficult for students to gave proper documentation to work. The suspension of certain requirements was necessary to ensure youth can obtain summer work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Michigan’s young people are an essential part of the state’s workforce, and making sure they have an opportunity to acquire the proper permit and help fight COVID-19 is vital,” Whitmer said. “This executive order will lift some requirements to ensure those opportunities for them.”

The order suspends the requirements of Youth Employment Standards Act to allow work permits to be mailed, emailed, faxed or sent via the web rather than the previously required in-person submission, the governor's office said in a release.

The order is effective immediately.

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