This week is seeing many West Michigan businesses slowly get back to normal as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is allowing workers who had been working remotely, to return to offices and workplaces across the state. And while those fully vaccinated will have a more traditional workday experience, businesses across the state are also having to deal with those who have not yet completed the vaccination process.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer was in Grand Rapids Monday to help kick off the week at Steelcase and said this while announcing the new rules:

Today, we are here to talk about Michigan getting back to normal – back to work, as we emerge from this pandemic together.

For Michigan businesses getting back to the office for the first time since the pandemic began, unvaccinated workers will require a special set of actions so that businesses will be in compliance with the new MIOSHA, Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, rules.

Businesses in Michigan with unvaccinated workers must do ONE of the following to be in line with the health department's new orders:

  • They must track their employee's vaccination status and keep those who are not fully vaccinated masked and distanced.
  • Post signage in the workplace reminding those unvaccinated they must mask and distance.
  • Make allowances for those who are unvaccinated to continue to work remotely.
  • Require ALL workers to mask and distance, regardless of vaccination status.

The newly simplified MIOSHA rules are available on the State of Micigan website and have been reduced from 10 pages to 6 in hopes of making it simpler for returning workplaces.

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