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Mandate states vaccines or weekly tests
to be required by Jan. 4 for large companies
The Biden Administration has published its vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees, setting a Jan. 4 deadline.

The mandate, which comes from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) in the form of an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), applies to businesses with at least 100 employees and is expected to cover 2 million Michigan residents. The rules apply to all employers with a total of at least 100 employees, or corporate-wide at any time the ETS is in effect. However, the ETS does not apply to the following:

  • Employees who do not report to a workplace where other individuals such as coworkers or customers are present;
  • Employees while they are working from home; and
  • Employees who work exclusively outdoors.

As expected, businesses may choose to require unvaccinated employees to provide a negative COVID-19 test at least on a weekly basis as an alternative, but the rules also stipulate that unvaccinated employees must also wear a mask when indoors or when occupying a vehicle with another person for work purposes. The ETS mandates employers provide paid time off to workers to get vaccinated and paid leave for employees to recover from any side effects from the vaccine that keep employees from being able to work.

Employers must also determine the vaccination status of each employee, obtain acceptable proof of vaccination, maintain records, including a roster of each employee’s vaccination status.

OSHA plans to have programed or planned inspections, where agents enter workplaces to check workplace compliance. For what OSHA refers to as willful penalties, a company can be fined $136,532. Otherwise, the standard penalty is set at $13,653 for a single violation; that number would increase if there are multiple violations in a workplace.

MIOSHA (Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration) will also review the mandate and provide direction to all Michigan companies impacted. The Michigan Chamber will be releasing further compliance information as it becomes available. A webinar on this topic is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 8.

The MBA will also host a webinar to help better educate members when details from MIOSHA are released.

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  • Northwood University is pleased to welcome Swedish author, lecturer, and documentary filmmaker Johan Norberg to campus on Thursday, Nov. 11 for an enlightening discussion titled "Corporate Welfare: Where's the Outrage?" Norberg, the executive editor for Free To Choose® Network and a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. and the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Griswold Lecture Hall. The public is welcome to attend this free event.

  • Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky, award-winning speaker, author, consultant, and Ph.D. psychologist will be at SVSU's Curtiss Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 7 for "Culture Trumps Everything", the unexpected truth about the ways environment changes biology, psychology and behavior featuring. Breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. with the program from 8-10 a.m. Dr. Gustavo's recent book, Culture Trumps Everything, investigates the powerful ways that organizational culture impacts a company's success and sustainability. The first 100 registrants will receive a free copy.


  • Garber Management Group will honor local veterans and active-duty military with a free oil change as a way to thank them for their service on Saturday, Nov. 6. Appointments are encouraged.

  • Sports Clips Haircuts will be providing free haircuts to all veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. They will also donate $2 for every haircut that day to the "Help A Hero" campaign which raises money for veteran scholarships through a national partnership with the VFW.


  • Can you create a Culture of CARE at work? In this article find small, evidence-based ways leaders can leverage their existing routines, rituals, and role modeling to show compassion, express appreciation, encourage responsibility, and demonstrate emotional wisdom.


  • Global Entrepreneur Week is Nov. 8-14. The Northwood Idea Center is now an official Entrepreneurial Leap Collaborator. What a great way to lead into next week! The E-Leap resources will be available to all students and the community. Northwood University chose to pursue the status after attending a webinar promoted by the MBA featuring author Gino Wickman. Great collaboration!
MBA Roundup
Virtual Webinar Next Week with Spots Available!
In the Fall of 2020, the Midland Business Alliance brought you nationally-known speaker and author Anne Grady, with her message of resiliency for Midland. That message was a great first step! But the past year and a half have brought so many challenges, that we thought it made sense to bring her back, and help make sure that your resilience toolkit is exactly where it needs to be!

This session takes a deep dive into resilience, where you will learn to use your mind to change your brain, identify self-limiting beliefs that may be holding you back, and integrate micro-moments of mindfulness into your daily activities. We will explore counter-intuitive ways to manage stress and beat burnout, practice self-care, and create lasting behavior change.

Upcoming Events
We always have something cooking! Whether it's a virtual workshop, an After Hours, or one of our larger gatherings,
keep your calendar up-to-date with everything we're offering. Here's what we have coming up over the next couple of months:


The Changing Landscape of Small Business - Future of Brick & Mortar
New Members
Farmers Market
2021 Market Days & Hours
The Market is walk-through style at Dow Diamond, located in the large southeast parking lot. It has now transitioned to Saturday-only for the first three Saturdays in November before it wraps up for the season.

Nov. 6, Nov. 13, Nov. 20
9 a.m. – 12 noon
MYPros Luncheon - Midland Country Club - Tues, Nov. 16 - 11:30 AM
Community Profile & Membership Directory
The 2021/22 Community Profile & Membership Directory is available online! The print edition is available at the MBA offices and is also available throughout the region. If you'd like copies at your business, call the MBA at (989) 839-9522.