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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.  

New Survey Shows that Professionals are More Concerned About Economic Fallout Than Illness from the Pandemic

18 August 2020

New Survey Shows that Professionals are More Concerned About Economic Fallout Than Illness from the Pandemic

Author: Heather Nezich

As the world continues to deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, professionals in a new Korn Ferry survey weigh in on their biggest concerns. Nearly two-thirds of respondents (61%) say they are more worried about the economic fallout from the virus than the health risks.

Employers are Focused on Keeping Employees Safe, Engaged, and Energized

4 August 2020

Employers are Focused on Keeping Employees Safe, Engaged, and Energized

Author: Heather Nezich

Returning to the workplace does not equal returning to life as it was pre-pandemic and just might be more complicated than the initial lock-down.  A new study by Mercer shows that employers are looking for ways to preserve their employees’ health and well-being while keeping them energized and productive. 

CDC Updates COVID-19 Employer Screening and Testing Guidance

21 July 2020

CDC Updates COVID-19 Employer Screening and Testing Guidance

Author: Michael Burns

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provided employers additional information and guidance on conducting employee COVID-19 screening and testing.

Background Checks Aren’t Just for New Employees – Keep Your Workplace Safe with Ongoing Screening

14 July 2020

Background Checks Aren’t Just for New Employees – Keep Your Workplace Safe with Ongoing Screening

Author: Susan Chance

Do you know what your employees have been up to during the four months of the stay-at-home order? If you are watching the news, you know that a lot of people have been up to protesting, sharing their views on wearing masks, and sharing political views.

Mask Wearing – Employees and Customers May Utilize to Express Their Political or Social Views

14 July 2020

Mask Wearing – Employees and Customers May Utilize to Express Their Political or Social Views

Author: Michael Burns

In May EPTW published an article conjecturing that employers would likely face masking issues involving inappropriate images and messages on worker face wear. We stressed, for the most part, that employers have control over what employees wear in the workplace unless overridden by formal federal or state safety and health regulation or a collective bargaining agreement.
Six Items to Keep in Mind as Employers Prepare for a Hot Summer

14 July 2020

Six Items to Keep in Mind as Employers Prepare for a Hot Summer

Author: Heather Nezich

This summer has been a hot one so far, and as workers return from quarantine they may be out of shape and out of practice when it comes to workplace safety procedures.  On top of that, they are often having to wear a face mask while working.

Are You Prepared for a Second Wave of Coronavirus?

7 July 2020

Are You Prepared for a Second Wave of Coronavirus?

Author: Anonym

As employees start returning to work the majority of employers are shifting their focus to initiatives to keep them safe.   According to the latest COVID-19 pulse survey by Willis Towers Watson nearly 40% of employers expect enhancing programs and actions around employee safety to be a priority over the next six months.  The last time this survey was ran in April only 27% of employers expected safety programs to be an important priority.
The Pandemic Isn’t Over. Employers Need to Keep Safety and Health Protocols in Place.

7 July 2020

The Pandemic Isn’t Over. Employers Need to Keep Safety and Health Protocols in Place.

Author: Michael Burns

Though so far Michigan has not experienced a hard resurgence of Coronavirus like Florida and Texas, it has also not seen a significant reduction in cases and is starting to see an uptick in daily cases.

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