Starting Tuesday at 12:01 a.m., Governor Whitmer’s stay-at-home order for all nonessential employees in Michigan will go into affect until at least April 13th, in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Michigan. There's been a lot of questions since the executive order was announced regarding what exactly is considered an "essential" employee vs a "nonessential" employee.

According to the executive order, here's a list of who is considered an "essential" employee:

  • Health care, public health
  • Law enforcement and first responders
  • Food and agriculture
  • Energy
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Public works
  • Communications, information technology and news media
  • Community-based government operations and essential functions
  • Critical manufacturing
  • Hazardous materials
  • Financial services
  • Chemical supply chains/safety
  • Defense industrial base
  • Child care workers (including workers at disaster relief child care centers), but only to the extent necessary to serve the children or dependents of critical infrastructure workers as defined in this order. This category includes individuals (whether licensed or not) who have arranged to care for the children or dependents of critical infrastructure workers
  • Workers at designated suppliers and distribution centers
  • Insurance industry
  • Workers/volunteers in the religious or private sector who provide food shelter and life necessities for the needy or economically needy or those with disabilities
  • Critical labor union function positions

To see the complete list of "essential" employees in the Governor's Executive Order, click here.

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