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Michigan Enacts COVID-19 Liability Shield and Employee Protection Bills

October 23, 2020

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed into law several bills on October 22, 2020, including those providing a liability shield to individuals and entities that comply with COVID-19-related government directives and offering protections for certain employees who are required to stay off work because they contract, exhibit symptoms of, or are exposed to COVID-19. These include:

HB 6030, HB 6031, and HB 6032 are effective retroactively to March 1, 2020. 

On October 20, 2020, the Governor also signed into law SB 886, which amends the Michigan Employment Security Act to add several provisions concerning unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Generally, the law extends the maximum period of benefit eligibility in a benefit year from 20 weeks to 26 weeks, relaxes requirement on shared-work plans, increases eligibility for unemployment benefits for individuals leaving work for certain reasons that are related to COVID-19, and relieves employers from being charged for benefits paid through December 31, 2020. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the authors or your Miller Canfield attorney.