MDHHS Epidemic Orders
FAQ's for the gatherings and face mask order can be found here: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98455-543915--,00.html
To access all information regarding MDHHS Epidemic Orders, please visit https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98455-533660--,00.html
MIOSHA Emergency Rules
MIOSHA Emergency Rules were enacted to guide employers in regulation in the workplace:
FAQ's can be found here:
HB 6030: Creates the COVID-19 Response and Reopening Liability Assurance Act
Prohibits civil action against employer who complied with federal and state regulations.
The act is retroactive.
HB 6031: Amends MIOSHA statute
No employer liability if in compliance with all federal and state regulations.
The act is retroactive.
HB 6032: Creates a new Act
Employee cannot go to work with symptoms or if they had close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19. Defines close contact as more than 15 minutes within 6 feet.
Employer may not discharge an employee if employee does not go to work for this reason.
HB 6101: Amends MIOSHA
Add terms and definitions from 6031.
Health Department Orders
The following counties in MI have additional restrictions beyond those issued by MDHHS:
Allegan: New contact tracing forms are required for employment letters in case of positive coronavirus test or exposure. The forms can be found at http://cms.allegancounty.org/sites/Office/Health/Lists/Announcements/Attachments/198/NEWS%20RELEASE_Case%20Investigations%20Changing_Workplace%20Safety_11122020.pdf
Arenac: Gatherings in Union Township and Mt. Pleasant are restricted.
Bay: Symptom monitoring of workers is required.
Clare: The MDHHS order has been enhanced to limit outside gatherings to no more than 25 people.
Gladwin: The MDHHS order has been enhanced to limit outside gatherings to no more than 25 people.
Ingham: Outdoor gatherings cannot exceed 10 people in the "area of increased risk". An explanation of this area can be found at http://www.hd.ingham.org/Portals/HD/Home/Documents/cd/coronavirus/EOOctober28-2020-25.pdf Orders regarding sheltering in non-congregate settings, masks, gatherings and workplace screenings have also been passed on a local level.
Isabella: The MDHHS order has been enhanced to limit outside gatherings to no more than 25 people.
Lenawee: An additional workplace screening procedure was adopted in September and the Governor's Executive Orders should continue to be followed.
Osceola: The MDHHS order has been enhanced to limit outside gatherings to no more than 25 people.
Roscommon: The MDHHS order has been enhanced to limit outside gatherings to no more than 25 people.
Saginaw: Through March and April there was emergency screening at businesses and reporting of donated PPE is required.
Washtenaw: There is currently one active health order. The University of Michigan was issued a "Stay at Home" order. Residential settings in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti are subject to limiting gatherings inside to no more than 10 people and no more than 25 people outside.
Wayne: MDHHS orders and guidelines outside of those orders only in the Governor's Executive Orders must be followed. More orders will be issued after the Executive Orders expire if MDHHS does not send out more orders.
Reopening in the Workplace
In addition to some of the resources listed below, AMOA members can take advantage of information on the Membership section of the AMOA webpage, accessible at https://www.amoa.com/covid19
OSHA offers guidelines to business owners regarding the COVID Preparedness and Response Plan required for operation here:
Sports and entertainment facilities guidance:
General workplace safety guidance:
Sample COVID plans can be found here:
A list of FAQ's regarding liquor license holders and the Stay Home, Stay Safe order is found here: Coronavirus FAQ
Unemployment benefits have been extended to include self-employed workers and benefits have been expanded to all workers: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98158-523450--,00.html
The federal department of labor issued guidelines last week for employers related to sick time paid for workers during the pandemic, beginning April 1, 2020:
DOL also issued an answer guide to FAQ's related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act:
Michigan's UIA is requesting the website, rather than the phone number, be used to register for benefits at:
The UIA also states that registering during off peak hours, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., is the best time to access the website.
The Unemployment Agency has guidelines for workers and for employers at:
For employers, information related to the workshare program to allow employers to maintain operations versus laying off workers; as well as how employers should treat temporary layoffs is included in the following worksheet:
The federal government has recently taken action through three memorandums and one executive order which extended some enhanced unemployment benefits, taken steps to stop evictions, extended the suspension of student loan repayments and deferred payroll taxes.
The Michigan page for employers, linked above, offers federal guidance, as well as guidance from the CDC for businesses and employers:
There is also a federal site related to small business loan information, including economic injury disaster loans:
Executive Orders and Directives
Prior enacted Executive Orders were deemed unenforceable by the Michigan Supreme Court.
Executive Directive 08 addresses the enforcement of the Governor's executive orders by state departments and agencies, including licensing implications.
Executive Directives with information regarding state spending and hiring can be accessed here: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90704---,00.html
To access all Executive Orders and directives, please visit https://www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus