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Template language for designated essential personnel

March 24, 2020

Under 4(b) of the Executive Order issued by Governor Whitmer on March 23, “Businesses and operations must determine which of their workers are necessary to conduct minimum basic operations and inform such workers of that designation. Businesses and operations must make such designations in writing, whether by electronic message, public website, or other appropriate means. Such designations, however, may be made orally until March 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm.”

Below is suggested template language which has been approved by the state’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.  SBAM recommends that you include your company letterhead and that you provide the members of your designated team a hard or electronic copy to carry with them.  This is a recordkeeping requirement for internal purposes and does not need to be remitted to any state agency. 


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Michigan Executive Order No. 2020-21, commonly known as Stay Home, Stay Safe, Saves Lives, my employer INSERT COMPANY NAME, has designated me to be part of the “minimum basic operations” team as provided for in Section 4 (b) of the Executive Order.   This authorization covers the period from March 24 to April 13, 2020 and requires me to travel between my home and our office location at INSERT BUSINESS ADDRESS.

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