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Now You Know It: Special…

Now You Know It: Special Edition

I previously wrote about Executive Order 2020-36, which prevented employers from disciplining or discharging employees who remained home due to symptoms of COVID-19 or due to “close contact” with someone who has tested positive for, or shows symp… Read More
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Additional Guidance from…

Additional Guidance from DOL on Virus-related Leaves and Return to Work

The United States Department of Labor recently issued additional guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and how it impacts employees returning to work. Adding to an already lengthy list of Questions and Answers, the DOL offer… Read More
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Open for Business? You Need a Preparedness Plan

Dirk Beamer reviews mandatory requirements and key considerations for Michigan businesses bringing employees back into the workplace. Read More
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Safeguards to Protect Mic…

Safeguards to Protect Michigan's Workers

Last Thursday, Governor Whitmer issued two new Executive Orders of particular importance to Michigan employers. EO 2020-96 expands the list of industries permitted to operate in-person to include medical facilities, building trades, manufacturers and… Read More
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Coronavirus & ADA: A…

Coronavirus & ADA: A Balancing Act

As businesses large and small prepare to reopen, employers should remain mindful of their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (which covers companies with 15 or more employees). The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recen… Read More
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Where Do We (Re)Start?: Employer Considerations Post-Shutdown

Dirk Beamer discusses key legal and practical considerations for Michigan businesses bringing employees back to work following a layoff or shutdown caused by COVID-19. Read More
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The University Update

The University Update

There are only a handful of university presidents across the country who are also medical doctors, and Michigan boasts 4 of them: Oakland University’s Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D.; Wayne State University’s M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S.; Michigan State… Read More
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New Guidelines, New Norma…

New Guidelines, New Normal

In order to further slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Whitmer has replaced her initial “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. The new executive order, which is effective through April 30, maintains the limitations of the previous order, makes a few cl… Read More
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Documenting Leave When Pa…

Documenting Leave When Parents Stay Home

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), parents with children forced to stay home due to school or daycare closures may qualify for two weeks of paid sick leave and ten more weeks of extended family medical leave. Recently issued r… Read More
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Playing It Safe

Playing It Safe

As companies are continuing to navigate employees working from home, providing a reduction in services, and limiting hours of service or shutting down all together, these issues are compounded by the possibility that members of their workforce could… Read More
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