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COVID-19: Michigan Executive Orders Update Workplace Safeguards

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Effective July 31, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Orders 2020-160 and 2020-161 modifying the Safe Start Order and implementing new workplace safeguards on Michigan businesses.

Indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people.  Like the previous orders, employers are required to, among other items: (1) develop a COVID-19 preparedness plan consistent with guidance developed by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration; (2) provide COVID-19 safety training and designate a worksite supervisor to ensure compliance with the preparedness plan; (3) conduct daily self-screening protocols; and (4) provide face coverings and cleaning supplies to employees.  Significantly, remote work is now required if the employee can perform their duties remotely, rather than recommended or encouraged.

The executive order also requires workplace posters to encourage employees to stay home when sick and requires that employers notify the local public health department when an employee has a confirmed case of COVID-19 in addition to any co-workers, contractors, or suppliers who may have come into contact with the person with a confirm case of COVID-19.

If you need assistance implementing any executive order, please contact the employment and business attorneys at Shinners & Cook, P.C. to assist you with resolving your issues.