As fall approaches, there is a great deal of uncertainty about whether Michigan Universities, Colleges, and Secondary Schools are going to require teachers and other employees to return to in-person classes and work. And many employees have already returned to in-person work as Michigan moves into Phase 3 of its Covid-19 response. If you are required to return in-person work, what are your rights if you are exposed to Covid, test positive for Covid, or display symptoms of Covid?
Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-166 mandates self-quarantines for person who have tested positive for, or display “primary symptoms” of Covid, or have come into “close contact” with individuals who have tested positive for, or displayed “primary symptoms”, of Covid. EO 2020-166 also prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee who self-quarantines per the Executive Order.
If think you have been exposed to Covid or are experiencing symptoms of Covid, we can help you negotiate your rights and responsibilities as an employee.