“Stay Home, Stay Safe” Extended to June 12

Late last week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order to 6/12/20 and extended the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic to 6/19/20. These extensions keep places of public accommodation closed and limit public gatherings but continue to permit manufacturers and some sectors of the economy to resume in-person operations with the appropriate safeguards (see MMA’s COVID-19 Resources page for guidance and resources).

In issuing these orders, Governor Whitmer cited a recent Court of Claims ruling that determined she has the power to declare states of emergency and make executive orders pursuant to those declarations without the Legislature’s approval. 

As Michigan continues the incremental process of re-opening the economy, MMA will continue to work with the Administration, legislative leaders and regulators to keep manufacturers safe, productive and in compliance. See MMA’s interactive MFG Tools for Safe & Productive Operations for concise best practices and to locate partners to support your operations in this “new normal.”

New & Notable

COVID-19 Manufacturing Industry Guidelines

MIOSHA launched a new webpage with safety guidance for a variety of workplaces, including manufacturing. Following the issuance of over 100 executive orders related to COVID-19, this new website is intended to help manufacturers and other employers locate and understand current requirements for workplace safety and health.

Take Action: Tell Congress
to Pass Liability Protections

Essential manufacturers should not be punished for doing the right thing. Tell Congress that essential manufacturers that worked throughout the pandemic deserve protections against bad-faith coronavirus-related lawsuits. Companies that take action should look for a follow-up from the NAM on how they can get more involved on this critical issue.


Michigan Blues Announce More Than
$100 Million in Premium Relief

In response to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network, an MMA partner, will return more than $100 million to customers across their various health plans. Learn which of your company’s plans may qualify.

MetLife to Credit Dental Customers
25% Off April & May Premiums

As manufacturers continue to struggle with cost constraints, MetLife has taken the extra step to provide dental plan participants with a 25% premium credit for April and May. This announcement, along with the MMA Premium Relief Program, will save MMA members over $1 million on their existing MetLife premiums.


Upcoming Webinars

Webinar: COVID-19 Restart
and Beyond Webinar

Host: Luminous Group LLC
(MMA Premium Associate Member)
Wednesday, May 27 • 10:00 a.m.
Register online.

Schoolcraft College Business Development Center will present this webinar by the the Luminous Group to help your business successfully get back to work and navigate the challenging months ahead.

As business owners resume operation and bring employees back to work, there are multiple factors to consider given the uncertainty still present. This webinar will help companies implement processes that support employees and balance priorities while continuing to navigate critical challenges. After attending this webinar, participants will be more informed about best practices related to:

  • Preparing the workplace and adhering to new regulations and requirements
  • Implementation of revised work norms for employees before, during, and after returning to work
  • Effective communication strategies for both employees and customers
  • Customization of available return-to-work checklists that meet
  • organizational needs and prepare the workforce for a changing future

MMA President & CEO John Walsh Featured in Webinar on International Contract Issues

Friday, June 12 • 2:00 p.m.
Register online.

Exporters across the U.S. have been profoundly impacted by the current crisis. Supply chains, workforce issues and local health rules may impact your ability to meet requirements of existing international contracts. Join MMA President & CEO John Walsh and others for advice on mitigating problems with international contracts resulting from the current global crisis.

Highlights include:

  • Practical advice to companies from the State Bar of Michigan, International Law Section experts
  • Discussion on what to do about existing contracts and ideas for drafting future contracts
  • Takeaways include a checklist of tips for reviewing future international contracts

Resources for Manufacturers

Find additional resources, including upcoming webinars, member-provided tools and the latest regulatory developments on MMA’s COVID-19 Resources.

Please continue to reach out to the MMA team with questions.