COVID-19 Employer Resources

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Please note – information on this page is for informational purposes and should not be regarded as legal counsel.  Samples, services and products have not been endorsed or vetted by EA .  Every organization has unique circumstances and use parameters and should vet for their own use and consult legal counsel as warranted.

Email questions to lisasabourin@eawm.net


New Guidance on Health Care Plan and OTC COVID Tests for Personal Use Not Employment

Read more from Warner Norcross & Judd


MIOSHA has to adopt OSHA ETS Rules by 1/24; Employers will have two week to comply.

Click here to read more from Warner Norcross & Judd

Click here to read more from Miller Johnson 


The CDC Has reduced it’s guidelines for isolation/quarantine click below for more detail:

These guidelines are directly tied to Public Act 238 that was amended by Public Act (PA) 339 that is the MI Law governing how we handle COVID isolation/quarantine. Click here for more detail on PA 238/339.


OSHA ETS Compliance Resources

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments Friday 1/7 as to whether to reimpose the stay on OSHA’s ETS rules.  We likely will not have a ruling before compliance starts on 1/10/22.
As of 1/10, employers with 100 or more employees (to clarify 100 ees see section 2 of FAQ here) should do the following for compliance: Click here to learn more from Warner Norcross & Judd and OSHA published a FAQ to help clarify click here.

If an employer is not mandating vaccines (overwhelming majority are not); then employees that are unvaccinated will need to be tested weekly starting on February 9, 2022 unless the US Supreme Court rules otherwise. See section 6 of FAQs for clarification here 

To learn more about employer best practices, please contact Lisa Sabourin 231-759-0916 or lisasabourin@eawm.net

Most companies have been able to find tests online for $9-$12/test and typically in a 2 pack; about 20% are either requiring employees to pay for the tests or cost/share.  We do not recommend that employers administer the test (swab employees) as you would need to be certified.  However, the employer should “verify” the results of the test (see section 6 of FAQ) and we can share practices. The Binex Now by Abbott seems to be a very popular test. Navica could be an APP to record results.


Testing Sites

Most of the companies reported that on average 50% of the workforce is vaccinated.  We believe testing at the workplace will be most effective.  However, here are a list of testing sites by County:

Muskegon

  • Christ Temple Church
  • Muskegon Family Care
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Lakes Campus Urgent Care

Newaygo

  • Family Healthcare White Cloud
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy
  • Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial
  • Hope Primary Care of Big Rapids

Mason

  • Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital
  • Walgreens
  • Family Healthcare Baldwin
  • Hometown Pharmacy

Oceana

  • Northwest Michigan Health Services Shelby
  • Oceana Pharmacy

Ottawa

  • Coopersville Methodist Church
  • Family Fare Pharmacy
  • North Ottawa Community Health System
  • Walgreens
  • Hometown Pharmacy Ravenna

Current Rules Guiding Employer Response to COVID Issues:


MI COVID-19 Employment Rights Act (ERA) that amended PA 238 with rules regarding employees that test positive, have symptoms or have bee exposed to COVID

Click here to see ERA (Senate Bill 1258) – Changes to PA 238
Click here to watch Miller Johnson’s Webinar on COVID 19 Employment Rights Act


Current MDHHS Orders


OSHA ETS Rule main page

VACCINES

The following is protocol for essential employers to register their company so that their employees may receive vaccination:


The vaccination clinic at Shape is now public and any interested individual may schedule at the link below. Employers are encouraged to share with employees.

https://mercyhealth.inquicker.com/vaccine


Individuals who believe they personally apply because


Other resources:


Workplace Preparedness Plans


Workplace Preparedness – Reminder to update your your plan with information on vaccination


MIOSHA Samples


Sample tools and plans from members:

Please note – information on this page and particularly in this section has been shared by others; it has not been endorsed or vetted by EA for use.  This is for informational purposes and should not be regarded as legal counsel.  Every organization has unique circumstances and use parameters and should vet for their own use and  and consult with legal counsel when warranted.

Some have begun using an a symptom checker app from the State of Michigan – click here


Suggested brands for temperature screening;

  • TRC from 5/8 call uses the following Thermometers IR Thermometer and iHealth PT3,
  • Jumper Thermal Scanner -recommended many sources on internet.

Remote Work Resources and Samples


MIOSHA, as of 5/24/21 has rescinded it’s remote work mandate from the Emergency rules in accordance with the Governor’s Vacc to Normal plan and CDC guidelines.


The following are guidelines from Federal Agencies on Telework


Webinar on rules requiring Remote Work from Miller Johnson


Sample Policies: