Employee's Covid test, swab, test tube, and mask on blue workplace table

EEOC Modifies Guidance on Workplace COVID Testing

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is the body charged with enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws. Through much of the coronavirus pandemic, the EEOC took the position that employers could uniformly adopt and implement vira… Read More
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Vaccine Mandate Suspended

Vaccine Mandate Suspended

Last Thursday, the Biden Administration unveiled its OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard – a detailed set of rules requiring mandatory vaccination, or mask-wearing with weekly COVID tests, for employees of companies with 100 or more workers. The rule… Read More
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Michigan Masking Rules Un…

Michigan Masking Rules Unchanged in the Workplace

Many mask-weary Michiganders breathed a sigh of relief last week when first the CDC, and then Governor Whitmer, announced relaxed mask-wearing rules for fully vaccinated individuals. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services published a re… Read More
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Government Backed Paid Le…

Government Backed Paid Leave Set to Expire

Last spring, in the early throes of the pandemic, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The Act focuses on encouraging workers sick with COVID-19 to stay home and quarantine, while also providing relief to parents… Read More
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Immunizing Against COVID-…

Immunizing Against COVID-19 Related Legal Exposure

In the current environment, employers should be concerned not only about reducing workplace virus exposure risk, but also about minimizing their legal exposure from employees and individuals seeking to hold them liable for COVID-19 infections. The Mi… Read More
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Coronavirus Testing and t…

Coronavirus Testing and the ADA

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces workplace anti-discrimination laws. That includes the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which applies to private employers with 15 or more employees. Many states have a co… Read More
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Revised Michigan Sick Lea…

Revised Michigan Sick Leave Requirements

Governor Whitmer recently enacted Executive Order No. 2020-172, which clarifies the requirements for granting COVID-19-related medical leave. This new EO rescinds Executive Order 2020-166, which required Michigan employers to grant mandatory leave wh… Read More
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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 Ne…

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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