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OSHA Issues Updated COVID-19 Safety ETS and General Industry Guidance

15 June 2021

OSHA Issues Updated COVID-19 Safety ETS and General Industry Guidance

Author: Michael Burns

Last Thursday the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published two directives addressing COVID-19 workplace safety. The formal regulatory standard called the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) covers health care workers. These apply to hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, emergency responders, home health care workers, and employees that do ambulatory care. The ETS rules for these categories of covered jobs are workplace requirements.
EEOC and OSHA COVID Related Updates for This Week

1 June 2021

EEOC and OSHA COVID Related Updates for This Week

Author: Michael Burns

Following the May 25th Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) COVID-19 and vaccination guidance revisions, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its technical guidance for employers regarding incentivization of vaccination programs.

MIOSHA Modifies Emergency COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules and Withdraws its Proposed Permanent Workplace Safety Rules

25 May 2021

MIOSHA Modifies Emergency COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules and Withdraws its Proposed Permanent Workplace Safety Rules

Author: Michael Burns

On Monday, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Agency (MIOSHA) changed its COVID-19 emergency rule on workplace safety protocols following the Governor’s previous announcement of the same more than a week ago. Employers have waited for MIOSHA to catch-up to the Governor’s announcement last week, being caught between the Governor’s office change and MIOSHA’s existing rules published last October.

(R + I) x T = Psychological Safety

25 May 2021

(R + I) x T = Psychological Safety

Author: Linda Olejniczak

The three components of psychological safety that are perceived in the workplace are respect, inclusion, and trust.  It is a simple equation: (R + I) x T = PS (psychological safety).   A recent blog by Dr. Ken Woodside, partner at The Luminous Group, looked closely at how to create a psychologically safe workplace. 

Michigan Starts Loosening Public Pandemic Safety Rules. Employers Are Told to Follow MDHHS While They Await MIOSHA Updates.

18 May 2021

Michigan Starts Loosening Public Pandemic Safety Rules. Employers Are Told to Follow MDHHS While They Await MIOSHA Updates.

Author: Michael Burns

Michigan reached the first stage of the Governor’s Vacc to Normal plan with over 55% of Michigan’s population now having at least one COVID-19 vaccination. As of May 24th the work from home order will be rescinded. In addition, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) revised its masking rules, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated its Gathering and Face Mask Order to coincide with those new rules.

Employee Perspectives on COVID-19 Vaccinations

27 April 2021

Employee Perspectives on COVID-19 Vaccinations

Author: Heather Nezich

Will vaccinations be the next big challenge for HR? Likely so.  49% of working Americans believe that employers should require vaccination proof for those employees returning to the workplace. Similarly, 48% of workers agree that employers should require vaccines, while 53% of workers believe employers should offer vaccine incentives to their employees. More than one-third of workers (35%) say non-vaccinated employees should not be permitted to work in-person with co-workers.
One More Employer Vaccination Concern - OSHA Reporting

27 April 2021

One More Employer Vaccination Concern - OSHA Reporting

Author: Michael Burns

SE is getting quite a few questions from employers surrounding vaccination policy and practice. Employers are advised to make vaccination a voluntary practice.  In other words, do not mandate vaccinations if it is not absolutely necessary. Mandating vaccinations opens employers up to not just employee relations issues but as of last week, OSHA would also require employers that mandate vaccines to record adverse reactions from the vaccination as a recordable workplace illness on their...
Michigan Employer Workplace Pandemic Safety Regulations Are Still in Effect

6 April 2021

Michigan Employer Workplace Pandemic Safety Regulations Are Still in Effect

Author: Michael Burns

ASE is receiving calls asking whether worker pandemic safety rules are still in effect. Yes, they are. MIOSHA Emergency Rules put in place last October remain in effect until at least April 16th and are, at this point with Michigan cases on the rise, expected to be extended possibly for another six months.

Uncertainty Breeds Anxiety

30 March 2021

Uncertainty Breeds Anxiety

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Think of one word to define the last year…uncertainty.  We all know what uncertainty brings on…anxiety.  Each week we do not know what will come next, and that is taking a toll on our workforce’s mental health. 

Employers Facilitating Employee Vaccinations and Making Plans for Return to Office

30 March 2021

Employers Facilitating Employee Vaccinations and Making Plans for Return to Office

Author: Heather Nezich

U.S. employers are taking measures to make vaccines more accessible to their employees and encouraging them to get inoculated, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson. Another survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas shows that companies are developing, implementing, and clarifying plans to bring their employees back to the office.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Issues Employer Vaccination Program Guidance

23 March 2021

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Issues Employer Vaccination Program Guidance

Author: Michael Burns

Last week the CDC published guidance for employer vaccination programs. The CDC is encouraging employers to promote the value of getting vaccinated as soon as possible. This includes building employee confidence toward getting vaccinated, helping determine when employees can get vaccinated, deciding whether onsite or offsite vaccination programs make sense to promote, and suggestions about how to avoid workers unexpectedly having to be off work due to vaccine side effects.

Questions to Consider if Your Organization is Evaluating the Use of Vaccine Passports

16 March 2021

Questions to Consider if Your Organization is Evaluating the Use of Vaccine Passports

Author: Michael Burns

Vaccine passports, documentation that an individual received a vaccination and is presumably better protected against a virus or has recently been tested and found negative, are being debated and considered by many before allowing employees to return to work. Having one’s shots to travel internationally is not new. But expanding the use of a vaccine passport for entry into concert venues, sport events, or using that passport to come to work is new.

How to Boost Employee Well-Being in an Age of Uncertainty

23 February 2021

How to Boost Employee Well-Being in an Age of Uncertainty

Author: Heather Nezich

One of ASE’s wellness partners, BurnAlong, recently partnered with hr.research Institute to conduct a survey, “The State of Employee Health and Well-being 2021.” The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted employee well-being and employers must react.

Employee Wellbeing a Top Priority for Businesses

16 February 2021

Employee Wellbeing a Top Priority for Businesses

Author: Jason Rowe

Corporate wellness, while always an important part of the workplace experience, has recently become crucial to maintaining high employee morale. Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more employees are counting on wellness programs to help them cope with the everyday stresses that life offers, and, in turn, more and more organizations are stepping up to the plate.

ASE Joins Business Leaders on Protect Michigan Commission

16 February 2021

ASE Joins Business Leaders on Protect Michigan Commission

Author: Michael Burns

The Governor’s office has formed a diverse group of leaders, including business, to work with and assist with its COVID vaccination campaign. As vaccination ramps up in Michigan, employers will benefit from inoculated healthy and safe workers. However, it is recognized that education is needed about how and when workers can line up for the COVID-19 vaccination.

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