State and Federal Legislative Updates

STATE

MICHIGAN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

MIOSHA updates COVID-19 emergency rules to align with Federal OSHA

JUNE 22, 2021 - Today, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) filed COVID-19 emergency rules to align with Federal OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The updated rules are effective today and set to expire Dec. 22, 2021. The rules rescind the emergency rules issued on May 24, 2021 and focus on health care. 

The updated MIOSHA emergency rules adopt the Federal OSHA ETS and focus on health care settings where known or suspected COVID-19 patients may be present.  These workplaces may have a higher exposure risk for employees and need continued protections to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

Dialing back workplace rules for non-health care settings allows employers to use their best judgment in determining whether to maintain:
 

  • Daily health screenings;

  • Face covering requirements; and

  • Social distancing requirements.
     

Non-healthcare settings should align policies with CDC guidelines to ensure they help contain the spread of COVID-19. Federal OSHA has updated guidance for non-healthcare employers as well.  

To request MIOSHA'S consultation, education and training services, call 517-284-7720 or online at MIOSHA Request for Consultative Assistance
 

For more information about MIOSHA's safety and health guidelines to protect Michigan's workforce, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety. Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health may contact MIOSHA using COVID-19 hotline at 855-SAFE-C19 (855-723-3219).  
 

To report health and safety concerns in the workplace, go to Michigan.gov/MIOSHAcomplaint

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR WHITMER

Governor Whitmer Accelerates 'MI Vacc to Normal' Plan to Move Michigan Forward Towards Normalcy

MAY 20, 2021 - Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced an updated 'Vacc to Normal' plan, which outlines steps Michiganders can take to emerge from this pandemic. As of June 1, capacity limits will lift for outdoor events. Additionally, indoor capacity limits will increase to 50%, allowing indoor social gatherings such as weddings and funerals to move closer to normalcy. As of July 1, the state will no longer limit capacity at indoor or outdoor gatherings. 

To reflect these changes, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), will release an updated epidemic order on Monday. Throughout the month of June, people who are not yet fully vaccinated will still be required to mask up while indoors. 

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine.

Read the full announcement here.

MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT

Michigan Supreme Court Rules Against Governor's Emergency Powers

OCT. 2, 2020 -  In a 4-3 majority opinion, the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that Governor Gretchen Whitmer did not have the authority to declare or extend states of emergency in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic via the Emergency Management Act of 1976 and the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act from 1945. 

It is unclear at this time what impact this will have on the Executive Orders that are currently in place. Further updates will be posted here as they are made available.

Read the full Michigan Supreme Court ruling.