Governor Extends State of Emergency to May 28

State of Emergency Extended to May 28

Last night, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued three executive orders which effectively extend Michigan’s states of emergency and disaster to Thursday, May 28, 2020.

The Legislature earlier declined to extend the state of emergency but passed legislation, Senate Bill 858 (Senator Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte), that would codify and extend several of the executive orders issued to protect Michigan citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic, though the Governor is expected to veto the bill. Both chambers also passed resolutions permitting their respective leaders to mount a legal challenge to the Governor’s authority to authorize ongoing states of emergency without legislative approval (House Resolution 250 and Senate Resolution 114).

Though this battle between the Governor and legislative leaders points toward growing public discontent with restrictions and poses questions about the legal foundations of the Governor’s orders, manufacturers are advised to continue to abide by the requirements of the orders until and unless they are clearly invalidated by a court.

Some "Low Risk" Industries Permitted to Resume In-Person Work May 7

Just today, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-70 that keeps the “Stay Home. Stay Safe.” order in place through May 15 but allows for the resumption on May 7 of some types of in-person work considered low risk, including construction, real-estate and work that is primarily performed outdoors. These businesses must adopt specified measures to protect their workers against the spread of COVID-19. 

MMA is working with both the Whitmer Administration and legislative leaders to urge swift action to permit Michigan’s manufacturing industry to resume operations. We know that manufacturers are ready to lead the economic recovery and have a proven track record of operating safely and productively.

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Vital Resources to Safely and Productively Scale Up Your Operations

As we prepare for the near future where manufacturers lead the return to a robust economy with a safe, healthy, confident and economically secure workforce, MMA is working to support our member companies by developing resources to help you restart or scale up your operations safely and productively.

  • MMA has developed MFG Best Practices for Operating Safely and Productively which condenses the leading safety standards and best practices for manufacturers on critical topics like employee screening, social distancing, decontamination, personal protection equipment, communication and training.
  • Heritage-Crystal Clean, the nation’s second largest and fastest growing parts cleaning and industrial waste services provider, offers FDA- and EPA-approved services to decontaminate common surfaces and dispose of potentially contaminated materials.
  • HoMedics, a trusted health and wellness company for over 32 years, has converted its supply chain to provide critically needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including face masks, no-contact thermometers, air purifiers, pulse oximeters and other equipment you might find useful for opening back up.
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Resources for Manufacturers

EDSI’s Strategies for Managing through Distress Caused by COVID-19 webinar on Tuesday, 5/12/20 at 1:00 p.m. will provide financial and operational strategies from a turnaround professional and a Q&A session with a highly respected labor law attorney. Attendees of the webinar will also be able to schedule 60-minute, one-to-one sessions (FREE of charge), where EDSI’s turnaround professionals can help you assess your situation and put together a plan of action.
Register online.

Honigman’s Returning to Work: Best Practices for Employers in a COVID-19 World webinar on Tuesday, 5/5/20 at 1:00 p.m. will cover best practices for employers as they welcome back their workforce. Jack Vrett and Jennifer Muse will provide practical counsel to employers in call-back and reinstatement procedures, updates to policies, benefits and leave questions, and workplace safety considerations, as well as insight into employee relations and union matters, including the impact of health and safety initiatives. Register online.

Stay updated and compliant with the many changes imposed over the last few weeks. Find state, federal and member resources on MMA’s COVID-19 Resources.

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