Soon-to-expire emergency rules setting forth wide-ranging regulations on what employees can perform in-person work and safety protocols for those employees will be extended for six months, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Monday though she added changes will likely be made sometime during those six months according to a report by Gonger News Service.
In October, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued emergency rules, which last for six months, largely replicating the defunct executive orders on workplace requirements. Under those rules, which expire this week, in-person work can only take place if the work cannot be done remotely and there are extensive requirements for employers and employees engaging in in-person work.
The Administrative Procedures Act allows for those rules to be extended one time, for another six months.
Ms. Whitmer, speaking to reporters in Ypsilanti, said Monday that MIOSHA will extend the rules to keep a framework in place while work continues to set up a back-to-work protocol sometime this year.
"When we do extend them, which we will, people are going to think that means you can't go to the office for another six months, and that's not the case," she said. "But by law we have to give this second extension so that we've got some of the tools."
Given the state's high case rates and positivity rates, now is not the time to end the rules, Ms. Whitmer said.
Several of the state's major business organizations have called for MIOSHA to allow for offices to reopen for in-person work.
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