Governor Signs Open Meetings Update: On Friday, October 16, Governor Whitmer signed into law Senate Bill 1108 (Theis), which addresses the ongoing question of remote participation in public meetings. Under the new law, now Public Act 228 of 2020, the following rules hold for public meetings:
Agreement Reached on COVID-19 Liability Protection Bills: Also this week, the Legislature and Governor reached agreement on a package of bills that would provide limited liability protection from lawsuits arising from COVID-19. House Bills 6030 – 6032 state that anyone who is following all federal or state laws, local rules or regulations, executive orders, or public health guidance would not be liable for an employee's exposure to COVID-19. This protection would be retroactive to March 1, 2020.
Additionally, the legislation creates new procedures for workers. Under the proposed law, employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, or those who have been exposed to the virus, are prohibited from returning to work until certain conditions are met. Employers are also prohibited from retaliating against workers who miss time due to COVID-19. This package of bills was pushed strongly by the business community, but the extended protections would apply to school districts and their employees as well. The bills are now headed to the Governor's desk.
MIOSHA Issues Emergency Rules: On Wednesday, October 14, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) issued a comprehensive set of Emergency Rules which clarify the safety requirements employers must follow to protect their employees, customers, and communities from COVID-19. For more information about MIOSHA’s safety and health guidelines, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety. Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health may contact MIOSHA using the new hotline at 855-SAFE-C19 (855-723-3219).
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