Three Week “Pause” Epidemic Order Issued

Effective Wednesday, 11/18/20, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued a new Epidemic Order that further restricts gatherings and group activities for three weeks to curb the rising rates of COVID-19 in the state. While manufacturing and other work that cannot be done remotely is permitted to continue in-person operations, a number of entertainment venues will be shuttered. Restaurants and bars must close for indoor dining, and high schools and colleges must shift to virtual learning.

MDHHS’s COVID-19 “Pause to Save Lives“

In line with the recently announced Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) State Emphasis Program increasing enforcement on office settings, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and MDHHS Director Robert Gordon last night reiterated that employers must prohibit in-person work when an employee’s duties can feasibly be done remotely.

To ensure that manufacturing operations will continue uninterrupted, we must remain vigilant and encourage our employees to be as safe at home as they are on the job. Resources to share the simple but essential messaging of the “Spread Hope, Not COVID” campaign — wear a mask, keep your distance and wash your hands frequently — are available online.

New & Notable

My Employee Was Exposed to
COVID-19; Now What?

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 • 1:30 p.m.
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Michigan's Epidemic Order requires that employers follow CDC guidance and work with local public health officials when a case of COVID-19 enters the workplace. Don't get overwhelmed with the details. Join MMA and Ingham County Health Department Health Officer Linda Vail for a free in-depth discussion of how employers should respond when an employee is exposed, as well as trends local health departments are seeing and how they are responding

Gain Insight into COVID-19
Special Enforcement Efforts

Friday, November 20, 2020 • 2:00 p.m.
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently announced a special MIOSHA enforcement effort related to COVID-19 Emergency Rules. Join MMA for an interactive discussion with Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety Sean Egan to learn more about increased enforcement in workplaces across the state. Ask your questions directly of Director Egan, Michigan’s point person tasked with coordinating the state’s effort to monitor and enforce workplace safeguards in this free video conference.

Resources for Manufacturers

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.