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Michigan E.O. 2020-172: A More Manageable Interpretation of Worker Protections for Business Owners

The MRLA advocated for additional clarity from previous Executive Orders in order for the interpretation to be more manageable for business owners in Michigan.

The order clarifies when a worker has the principal symptoms of COVID-19 so that workers who have a known medical or physical condition causing their symptoms need not stay home.  

The MRLA advocated for additional clarity from previous Executive Orders in order for the interpretation to be more manageable for business owners in Michigan.
Under Executive Order 2020-172:
• Employers must treat employees who stay home when they are sick as if he or she were taking medical leave.
• Any and all Michiganders who test positive for COVID-19 or who display one or more of the principal symptoms should stay home.
• A worker should stay home if they have any one of the following not explained by a known medical or physical condition:

  1. a fever
  2. an uncontrolled cough
  3. shortness of breath

OR at least two of the following not explained by a known medical or physical condition:

  • loss of taste or smell
  • muscle aches (“myalgia”)
  • sore throat
  • severe headache
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain

Individuals must remain home until 24 hours have passed since the resolution of fever without medication or 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared or were tested positive.