Who is considered an essential employee in Michigan?

Beginning Tuesday at 12:01 a.m., Governor Whitmer’s stay-at-home order for all non-essential Michigan employees will go into effect until at least April 13, in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Michigan. . There have been many questions since the executive order was announced regarding what exactly is considered an “essential” employee versus a “non-essential” employee.

According to the executive order, here is a list of those who are considered an “essential” employee:

  • Health care, public health
  • Law enforcement and first responders
  • Food and agriculture
  • Energy
  • Transport and logistics
  • Public works
  • Communications, Information Technology and News Media
  • Community Government Operations and Core Functions
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Hazardous Material
  • Financial services
  • Chemical/Security Supply Chains
  • Defense industrial base
  • Child care workers (including disaster relief child care workers), 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 made arrangements to care for the children or dependents of critical infrastructure workers
  • Workers at Designated Suppliers and Distribution Centers
  • Insurance sector
  • Religious or private sector workers/volunteers who provide food shelter and basic necessities to needy or economically needy people or people with disabilities
  • Critical union positions

To see the full list of “essential” employees in the Governor’s Executive Order, click here.

Michelle J. Kelley