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Horn legislation to protect workers and employers goes to governor

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, issued the following statement Wednesday morning after the Legislature sent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer a series of bills that would improve protections for Michigan workers and employers who have been negatively affected by COVID-19:

“As we look toward the future, we need to consider how we can strike a reasonable balance between safety and the need to work and live. My bills, Senate Bills 886 and 911, are part of a package that is needed to protect workers and employers who have been shut down for months.

“My legislation, which was sent to the governor early this morning along with other measures to protect Michiganders, would ensure those who are relying on the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency as they get back on their feet see no interruption in the benefits rightfully owed to them. The bills would also protect retirees who temporarily returned to work to assist with the state’s response to the coronavirus.

“The package also includes bills to provide a level of liability protection for employers. People rely on businesses for their everyday needs, and employers across the state have taken extraordinary steps to keep employees and patrons safe during this pandemic. This will not only encourage businesses to increase safety precautions for their employees but help prevent costly lawsuits where employers have taken steps to keep their workers safe.

“These bills provide a great balance between protecting both employers and employees. I hope the governor will join with the Legislature and do what is right for Michigan families and sign this legislation.”