Drug Use Has Increased During the Pandemic

17 November 2020

Drug Use Has Increased During the Pandemic

Author: Susan Chance

This has been a challenging year to say the least. COVID has drastically changed our lives both at home and work. Human resources professionals have had to pivot on a dime many times over the past nine months. One of those areas is in drug testing.

With a COVID Vaccine on the Horizon, Should Your Organization Require Employees to Get Vaccinated?

17 November 2020

With a COVID Vaccine on the Horizon, Should Your Organization Require Employees to Get Vaccinated?

Author: Michael Burns

Last week, Pfizer announced it has a Coronavirus vaccine with a reported 90% efficacy. Shortly following, Moderna announced their vaccine has similar efficacy at 95%. Though they estimate March or April 2021 before it’s widely available, it is clear that the government will be encouraging everyone to vaccinate.

MDHHS Updates it Gathering and Face Masking Order

3 November 2020

MDHHS Updates it Gathering and Face Masking Order

Author: Michael Burns

On Thursday, October 29th, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued additional rules for businesses to implement regarding safety protocols pertaining to masking and gathering. These rules were ostensibly focused on restaurants/bars, retail stores, libraries, museums, non-tribal casinos, sports organizations, concert venues, movie theatres, schools, and medical offices. They will impact businesses in other industries as well. Below are the applicable MDHHS Order...
Number of People Reporting Anxiety and Depression Nationwide Since Start of Pandemic Hits All-Time High

3 November 2020

Number of People Reporting Anxiety and Depression Nationwide Since Start of Pandemic Hits All-Time High

Author: Heather Nezich

Mental Health America (MHA) recently released data from its online screening tool showing that the number of people reporting signs of anxiety and depression since the start of the pandemic hit an all-time high in September. The new data accompanies the release of the annual State of Mental Health in America report, showing that nationwide, 19% (47.1 million) of people in the U.S. are living with a mental health condition, a 1.5 million increase over last year’s report.

COVID Employer Liability Protection Law Passed in Michigan. Employers Must Have Safety Measures in Place to Avoid Exposure.

27 October 2020

COVID Employer Liability Protection Law Passed in Michigan. Employers Must Have Safety Measures in Place to Avoid Exposure.

Author: Michael Burns

On Thursday Governor Whitmer signed legislation that protects workers from employer discipline if they stay home because they have COVID-19 symptoms (PA 238). The legislation also grants immunity to businesses against lawsuits brought against them from independent contractors, customers, or guests who allegedly contract the virus from exposure at their place of business.

Michigan COVID Employer Safety Rules Rolled Out

20 October 2020

Michigan COVID Employer Safety Rules Rolled Out

Author: Michael Burns

October 5th the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued an emergency order addressing public gatherings and masking rules. On October 24th, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Agency (MIOSHA) issued emergency rules addressing workplace safety. Both were issued to replace Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders going back to March 2020.

Study Shows That Managers are Carrying the Weight of the Pandemic

13 October 2020

Study Shows That Managers are Carrying the Weight of the Pandemic

Author: Heather Nezich

A new study, Workplaces in Crisis: Employee Care Still Missing the Mark, was recently released by an employee experience software company, Limeade. The study revisits the Limeade 2020 Employee Care Report from March, comparing results from before the pandemic with today. The findings reveal how COVID-19 has impacted employee burnout, emotional health, overall well-being, and engagement – and how both managers and companies are falling short on showing employees they authentically care.
Employers Are Bracing for a Mental Health Crisis

29 September 2020

Employers Are Bracing for a Mental Health Crisis

Author: Heather Nezich

Mental health, modified school schedules, and more leave requests are some of employers' biggest challenges heading into the Fall. Many companies have made accommodations to make their business and their employees more resilient for what's ahead, according to new research from employee benefits provider Unum.

OSHA and MIOSHA Ramp Up Fines for COVID Safety Breaches

22 September 2020

OSHA and MIOSHA Ramp Up Fines for COVID Safety Breaches

Author: Michael Burns

As reported a couple of weeks ago in EPTW, the fines and penalties for breach of employer safety obligations surrounding COVID contagion continues to ramp up. Late last week fines by MIOSHA against 19 more employers were announced. These fines amounted to over $50,000 for infractions including:

The Importance of Having a Reasonable Suspicion Policy

15 September 2020

The Importance of Having a Reasonable Suspicion Policy

Author: Susan Chance

Reasonable suspicion drug testing can be a challenge for employers, especially with so many states making recreational marijuana legal. Whether you have a current drug testing program or if you are new to drug testing, make sure that you have a clear, documented policy on your drug testing program that includes reasonable suspicion procedures. If you are subject to federally regulated drug testing, make sure you follow the steps as required by the federal agency under which you are covered.
CDC Outlines Workplace Strategies for COVID-19 Prevention-Related Violence

8 September 2020

CDC Outlines Workplace Strategies for COVID-19 Prevention-Related Violence

Author: Heather Nezich

The CDC has posted information on limiting workplace violence related to retail and service businesses’ COVID-19 prevention policies. Based on a 1996 Current Intelligence Bulletin, threats and assaults can happen in any workplace, but may be more likely to occur in retail, services (e.g., restaurants), and other customer- or client-based businesses.

75% of Workers Are Burnt Out Due to Coronavirus – Learn How Employers Can Help

1 September 2020

75% of Workers Are Burnt Out Due to Coronavirus – Learn How Employers Can Help

Author: Heather Nezich

A new survey from FlexJobs and Mental Health America (MHA) reports that 75% of workers have experienced burnout, and 40% of those polled said it was a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

What Do I Do if MIOSHA/OSHA Comes to Inspect My Site for COVID Safety?

1 September 2020

What Do I Do if MIOSHA/OSHA Comes to Inspect My Site for COVID Safety?

Author: Michael Burns

In last week’s EPTW, we reported that MIOSHA had substantially fined a number of employers for failing to adequately protect employees from COVID exposure or infection. These fines were levied under MIOSHA’s general duty rule requiring employers to maintain a safe workplace.
MIOSHA Levying Fines for COVID Safety Non-Compliance; NLRB Also Addressing Safety Issues

25 August 2020

MIOSHA Levying Fines for COVID Safety Non-Compliance; NLRB Also Addressing Safety Issues

Author: Michael Burns

The other shoe is dropping on employers fighting to re-open and bring employees back to work. Six Michigan employers were recently fined for violation of OSHA/MIOSHA’s general duty requirement to provide a safe workplace.

Can Employers Require Employees to be Vaccinated for COVID-19 Before Returning to Work?

25 August 2020

Can Employers Require Employees to be Vaccinated for COVID-19 Before Returning to Work?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The short answer is yes.  The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) both support this position.  

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