Michigan extends COVID workplace emergency rules that cover remote working, safety protocols

Emergency rules extended another 6 months

A sign requiring face masks. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
A sign requiring face masks. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan has extended its workplace emergency rules that require remote working when possible and enforce other COVID-19 safety measures at businesses.

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity extended the rules by six months -- until Oct. 14. They were scheduled to expire Wednesday (April 14), but MIOSHA issued an extension as COVID-19 cases rise throughout the state.

Michigan officials said the rules can be adjusted or withdrawn at any time, depending on COVID-19 metrics in the state.

“MIOSHA’s emergency rules help keep us all safe by ensuring that employers implement common sense safety standards to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “When employers maintain a safe workplace, that gives workers and consumers the confidence to keep our economy moving.”

Emergency rules

The emergency rules require employees to work remotely when feasible to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 in the workplace.

In-person work is allowed for jobs that can’t be done otherwise, but remote work is strongly recommended, Michigan officials said.

Businesses that resume in-person work have to maintain a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan and provide thorough training to employees. That training must cover workplace infection control practices, how to use personal protection equipment, steps to notify the business about COVID-19 symptoms and how to report unsafe working conditions.

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