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Executive Order Implications

On March 23, Gov. Whitmer issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives” Executive Order. The Order has a sweeping impact on individuals & employers throughout Michigan. The Chamber and other business organizations provided input đầu vào to lớn Gov. Whitmer on strategies khổng lồ make the order as orderly as possible & continues to lớn relay feedback from our members on opportunities lớn improve sầu the Order while keeping Michiganders safe. The Chamber is working diligently lớn clarify key points for members, understanding the COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing requiring updated policy prescriptions from leaders at every cấp độ of government.

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On Twitter, Jeff Donofrio, director of the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity shared:

“Many businesses have sầu Q’s about the Gov’s Stay Safe, Stay trang chủ Order. We’re working khổng lồ provide answers. Best advice for now – make a judgement Gọi. If you’re critical to an operation sustaining/protecting life, keep working, if you’re not, stay home page và help us save sầu lives.”

Substance of Executive sầu Order 2020-21

Executive sầu Order 2020-21, commonly known as the “Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives” Order requires individuals lớn stay home lớn prevent the spread of the Corona vi khuẩn beginning at 12:01 am on March 24 & lasting at this time until at least April 13. There are a few exceptions to lớn the Order, two of which directly impact employers và will be discussed at greater length:

To engage in outdoor activity while maintaining social distancing.To perform work as a designated critical infrastructure employee.To perform work as designated by an employer khổng lồ conduct minimum basic operations.To perkhung essential government functions.To perkhung tasks necessary lớn provide for the health and safety of family & household members (including pets).To obtain necessary services & supplies for themselves, their family and members of their households including their vehicles, their trang chủ, groceries and medical supplies.To care for a family thành viên or a family member’s pet in another household;To care for minors, the elderly or persons with disabilities.To visit an individual in a health care facility or residential care facility to lớn extent permitted (this is not currently permitted).To attover legal proceedings or hearings as ordered by a court.To work or volunteer for businesses or nonprofits that provide food, shelter or other life sustaining goods to disadvantaged individuals or people with disabilities.

Should My Business Be Open?

Gov. Whitmer’s administration has indicated that businesses should rethành viên that Section 1 of the order states that, “This order must be construed broadly khổng lồ prohibit in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life.” So, in many instances, the answer is no. However, there are a number of exceptions, beginning with the fact that there are zero restrictions on working from trang chủ. Tasks that are able to lớn be completed from trang chính may continue.

Under the order, employees engaged in critical infrastructure is permitted to work in person. The definition of critical infrastructure is provided by the U.S. Cybersecurity và Infrastructure Security Agency. The entire guidance can be found here. However, briefly it includes individuals engaged in the following sectors:

Health care and public health;Law enforcement và public safety;Food và agriculture;Energy;Water and wastewater;Transportation logistics;Public works;Communications and information technology, including news media;Other community-based government operations and essential functions;Critical manufacturingHazardous materialsFinancial services;Chemical supply chains & safety;Defense industrial base;Child care workers (khổng lồ support critical infrastructure workers);Workers in the insurance industry, but only khổng lồ the extent their work cannot be done remotely;Workers who persize critical labor union functions.

How Do I Become Designated as Critical Infrastructure?

There is not currently a mechanism to register with state government or “get permission” to lớn continue lớn operate as critical infrastructure. In many instances it is clear, in others there is significant grey area. The best advice continues to lớn be from Donofrio:

“If you’re critical lớn an operation sustaining and/or protecting life, keep working, if you’re not, stay home page & help us save lives.”


Additionally, companies providing critical infrastructure are able lớn designate companies within their supply chain that are critical to lớn their ability to lớn provide critical infrastructure và notify them in writing (or electronically) thereby allowing them khổng lồ operate in a manner that allows them lớn keep the supply chain open và then designate their suppliers & so on.

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EXAMPLE: Company A is manufacturing ventilators; they may designate Company B as critical because Company B provides part for those ventilators. Company B may continue to operate to provide those parts, và designate Company C which provides the raw materials for the parts.

What are Minimum Basic Operations?

Companies may designate employees in writing (or electronically) who are required to maintain minimum basic operations. These employees are allowed khổng lồ work on-site. Examples of workers who would meet this definition include workers who maintain the value of inventory, feed animals, provide security, process transactions and facilitate the ability of others to work from trang chính. While not required, a recommended best practice is to lớn have designated employees keep a record of their designation with them while at work.

What Does Enforcement Look Like?

Gov. Whitmer’s administration has been clear that compliance with this order is essential to public health và flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan. They have sầu also been clear that they do not intend to lớn be heavy handed in their enforcement. According to the First Lt. Michael Shaw of Michigan State Police, “This isn’t martial law. It’s not a lock-down.” Individuals và businesses found to be violation of the order, particularly those who are not flagrantly & willfully violating the Order can expect law enforcement to lớn inkhung them of the Order & ask them to lớn disperse.

What Should I Do If I Still Have Questions?

The Chamber team is diligently working to help members navigate this difficult time. The Governor’s office is updating a series of frequently asked questions here.

Chamber Resources

The Detroit Regional Chamber has numerous resource available to business at stamboom-boden.com/covid19. Additional relevant information can be found below:

Further, you can tương tác Brad Williams, Vice President, Government Relations at [email protected] if the Chamber can help guide you further.

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