DashBoard, Jan. 13, 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the Families First Coronavirus Response Act leave was not extended and expired on Dec. 31, 2020. As of Jan. 1, 2021, employers may voluntarily decide to provide FFCRA leave but are not required to do so under law.

While the ongoing pandemic may have made for a slightly slower end to the 2019-2020 legislative session, many laws were still passed in the final weeks. The following list contains school-related public acts since the beginning of the state’s fiscal year on Oct. 1, 2020. 

Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon announced a new pandemic order to replace the one that expires on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The new order lasts until Jan. 31, 2021. MDHHS will continue to use three key metrics to determine if more restrictions can be lifted sooner.

Last week was a busy one with school-related announcements around COVID-19 vaccines, rapid antigen test kit availability and face-to-face learning recommendations from the Governor’s Office and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.