Michigan Legislation Affecting Immigrants, Farmworkers, and Immigrant Workers

  • 2021-2022 Session
  • Updated March 5, 2021


Bill Number Title Description MIRC position: Oppose or Support Status
IMMIGRATION
Senate Bill 0066 (2021) Equal Language Access to State Services This bill would require state agencies to create and implement equitable policies for individuals with limited English proficiency. Support Referred to Committee on Government Operations
House Bill 4197 (2021) Local Government Sanctuary Policy Prohibition Act The bills would ban a local unit of government from enacting or enforcing any law or policy that limits or prohibits local officials, law enforcement officers and employees of those entities from "communicating or cooperating" with federal officials concerning the immigration status of an individual in the state of Michigan. Oppose Referred to Committee on Military, Veterans and Homeland Security
EMPLOYMENT
House Bill 4031 (2021) Violations of Reports of Injuries and Death This bill would deny Michigan farm workers working at certain agricultural businesses the same protections that other workers receive when they are injured or die at work. Currently, MIOSHA requires that all employers report all workplace deaths within eight hours and this bill would increase the reporting time to seven days. This not only puts farm workers at risk but also contravenes federal OSHA laws. In addition, the bill would reduce civil penalties for not timely reporting a death or injury of a farmworker from $10,000.00 to $500.00, greatly disincentivizing agricultural businesses from alerting MIOSHA of injuries and death on time. Oppose Referred to Committee on Agriculture
Senate Bill 0161 (2021) Workers Compensation for Essential Workers Presumes essential workers who test positive for COVID-19, without knowing their time of infection, contracted the virus during their employment and are therefore eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Support Referred to the Committee on Economic and Small Business Development
Senate Bill 0162 (2021) Increase on Penalties for MIOSHA Violations Encourages collaboration among MIOSHA and other state regulatory agencies to create general industry standards to mitigate COVID-19 exposure in the workplace. It also increases MIOSHA fines and penalties to strengthen accountability. Support Referred to the Committee on Economic and Small Business Development
Senate Bill 0163 (2021) Employer taking Adverse Employment Action for Unsafe Working Conditions Protects employees from adverse action if they report unsafe work conditions to MIOSHA. Support Referred to the Committee on Economic and Small Business Development
Senate Bill 0164 (2021) Employers taking Adverse Employment Action for Absences  Protects employees from adverse action if they are unable to come into work for any reasons related to COVID-19. Support Referred to the Committee on Economic and Small Business Development
Senate Bill 0165 (2021) Information Regarding COVID-19 Testing Locations Requires employers to obtain, publicly post, and make readily available to employees a list of testing sites from their local public health department. Support Referred to the Committee on Economic and Small Business Development

This is a list of bills that have been compiled by the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. This list is not a comprehensive list of all bills affecting the immigrant community. The status of each bill is subject to change quickly, please refer to https://www.legislature.mi.gov for an updated status. For questions please contact, Public Policy Coordinator Eva Alvarez at ealvarez@michiganimmigrant.org