November 16, 2020
On November 15, 2020 The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new emergency order today that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates. Details are in the following documents:
October 14, 2020
On October 14, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer approved a comprehensive set of Emergency Rules from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) to clarify an employers safety and health requirements to protect their employees from COVID-19. View the new rules here.
Under the new Emergency Rules, businesses that resume in-person work must, among other things have a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan and provide training to their employees that covers, at a minimum:
Find additional online resources at Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety including a sample COVID-19 preparedness and response plan and reopening checklist to provide guidance for employers and employees. Businesses can also find posters for employees and customers, factsheets, and educational videos.
May 15, 2020
MIOSHA/Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Development have prepared excellent outlines of best practices/guidance on workplace safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 7, 2020
Best Practices to Help Protect Workers as Construction Industry Reopens
As the construction industry reopens today, the Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity highlighted requirements for employers and provided further guidance on best practices to help protect Michigan workers and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
May 1, 2020
Construction Set to Resume May 7
Today Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-70 allowing construction to resume on May 7, 2020. I urge you to review the Order and note the COVID-19 protocols outlined on pages 11 and 12. If you have any questions, please reach out to directly to Damian Hill.
Special thanks to AGC members Ryan Maibach (Barton Malow), Mike Haller and Andy Wasiniak (Walbridge) for their leadership on the Michigan Economic Recovery Council (MERC) Construction Task Force. The MERC group is one of the primary reasons construction is returning to work. Also thanks to Pat Devlin with the Michigan Building Trades for his leadership and the Building Trades work to get construction back online.
There will undoubtedly be some challenges as you gear up and go back to work. As these issues develop, please share them with AGC of Michigan. We will devote as much time as necessary to help you get all of your projects up and running and troubleshoot issues as they develop. We will facilitate conference calls and member to member exchanges and fully utilize AGC of America and its network of 30,000+ members nationwide. It’s all hands on deck to help you get back at full strength and please consider the AGC staff as an extension of your staff!
April 29, 2020
Construction’s Return to Work
Governor Whitmer confirmed this afternoon that she will sign an Executive Order on Friday (May 1) allowing commercial and residential construction to begin again on Thursday, May 7. AGC will provide both the Executive Order and any additional guidance on COVID-19 protocols at that time. AGC MI Safety Director Paul Wrzesinski has developed some excellent guidance, checklists and more in anticipation of working under new requirements to work safely during the virus.
April 17, 2020
re-cov-er-y - A return to a normal state of health, mind or strength.
Two weeks remain in the extension of Governor Whitmer’s Stay at Home Executive Order. AGC of Michigan is encouraging members to begin considering necessary steps for the “recovery” mode in this process. While there is no guarantee that construction will begin again in full on May 1, efforts are underway to get Michigan’s economy up and running as soon as it safe to do so.
AGC of Michigan has endorsed the efforts of the Michigan Economic Recovery Council’s Construction Industry Task Force. The group is working with Governor Whitmer and others to promote the fact that construction is a ‘low-risk” exposure industry that already utilizes PPE and is taking added CDC/OSHA precautions to provide maximum employee safety. As there is likely to be some form of a ‘tiered’ return to work based on occupational risk, these efforts are critical. AGC remains committed to its members and the men and women working in our industry. We look forward the opportunity to help you mobilize, gear up and RECOVER from this crisis.
AGC Member Action Alert – Tell President and Congress to Add More Funding and Simplify Requirements for SBA Loans
The chaotic stream of guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor on the new employer-fronted paid leave mandates from the U.S. Small Business Administration on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans—both of which have different rules for getting to the same conclusion of how many employees a construction firms has—has immensely confused the 682,000 construction firms that have few than 500 employees.
The result has been many construction firms being unfairly disadvantaged and delayed in applying for loans. To help remedy this confusion, Congress must:
AGC OF MICHIGAN’S RESPONSE
The AGC of Michigan is coordinating with AGC of America and AGC’s nationwide network of Chapters and Michigan’s Building Trades about needs and measures to address potential economic and job safety concerns. AGC is reaching out to state agencies with construction contracts, as well as public-funded contracting authorities, to begin conversations about how COVID-19 may affect projects, from potential delays to potential safety precautions. In order to protect our members, staff, and the public, we have postponed several upcoming events and will be holding conference calls in the near future. We are committed to serving our members throughout this crisis, and will do our best to respond to any requests in a timely manner.