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Medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) are making an impact in Michigan, offering support to low-income residents by integrating free, professional legal services directly into the health care setting. A recent Second Wave Michigan article noted that 86 percent of civil legal problems reported by low-income Americans receive inadequate or no legal assistance, and of these, 41 percent are directly related to health care. MLPs can increase access to legal services and help enforce existing laws to protect vulnerable people and make a meaningful impact on the social and environmental factors that contribute to health. MLPs can take on different forms—from law ...
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In issuing Michigan Executive Order 2020-134 (Eviction Diversion Program for COVID-19-Related Debtors), Governor Whitmer extended until July 16 the moratorium on most evictions (most recently declared in Mich Exec Order No 2020-118 ). Mich Exec Order No 2020-134 also fills in details of the COVID-19-related housing assistance program established by §506 of 2020 PA 123 (SB 690). 2020 PA 123 is a supplemental appropriations act that allocates $880 million of the $3.1 billion the state received from the federal CARES Act’s Coronavirus Relief Fund ( Pub L No 116-136 , §5001). This money must be spent by the end of 2020. Sixty million dollars went to a “rental ...
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The Michigan Automobile No-Fault Law, which first went into effect in October 1973, underwent major changes in May 2019. Some of those changes were implemented in June of 2019, but the most important changes go into effect on July 1, 2020 . Those changes will have a significant impact on both the injured person and the at-fault driver in an injury incident involving a motor vehicle. Here is why this matters—the type of Michigan No-Fault insurance coverage that you select will have a significant effect if you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle crash, struck by a car on a motorcycle, or hit by a car on a bicycle or as a pedestrian. Purchasing car ...
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​ Michigan Supreme Court Orders The  Michigan Supreme Court  has issued 19 administrative orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which are summarized below by topic. Continuing Order Regarding Court Operations AO 2020-19 , dated June 26, 2020, rescinds AO 2020-2 , which limited trial court activity to essential functions and limited the number of people in courtrooms. Courts that are at phase 3 under AO 2020-14 must hold jury trials using standards approved by SCAO. Courts that are not yet at phase 3 can hold jury trials with SCAO’s approval. Courts must continue to expand remote participation, and AO 2012-7 (limiting when judges can preside ...
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​ On June 24, 2020,   Mich Exec Order No 2020-131  rescinded and replaced Mich Exec Order No 2020-74 . The new order contains all of the provisions of the original order and extends them to July 31, 2020. Here are the highlights: Notarization.   The order provides that any notarial act required under Michigan law may be performed by a notary (with a valid commission) using two-way real-time audiovisual technology if the following conditions are met: The technology allows direct interaction between the individual, any witnesses, and the notary where all can communicate simultaneously by sight and sound. The technology can create an audio and visual ...
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​ On June 22, 2020, President Trump signed a presidential proclamation entitled Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak , which extends the April 22, 2020, proclamation regarding the entry of certain immigrants and adds new restrictions for nonimmigrant workers who “pose a risk of displacing and disadvantaging United States workers during the [coronavirus] recovery,” including H-1B, H-2B, J, and L nonimmigrant workers. Effective June 24, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. EST the proclamation will limit entry into the United States of any alien seeking entry pursuant to any of the following nonimmigrant ...
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​ On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration’s rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program protects undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, known as “Dreamers.” The 5-to-4 decision , Department of Homeland Security v Regents of the Univ of California, No 18–587, ___ US ___, ___ S Ct ___ (June 18, 2020), was written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and joined by the court’s four liberal justices. The decision means that Dreamers across the country will continue to have temporary protection from deportation. The Supreme Court held that the government’s effort to ...
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On June 5, 2020, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPP Flexibility Act), Pub L No 116-142 , 134 Stat 641 (2020). Importantly, the PPP Flexibility Act provides the following relief for existing PPP loans: Extends the period for PPP loans from June 30, 2020, to December 31, 2020, 15 USC 636 (a) (36) (A) (iii) Extends the forgiveness covered period to the earlier of 24 weeks after the date of the loan (increased from 8 weeks) or December 31, 2020; a borrower under an existing PPP loan can elect to use the 8-week period, 15 USC 636 (a) (36) Extends the rehire exemption date from ...
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Residential Eviction Moratorium On June 12, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-118 , which extended the moratorium on most evictions in the state until June 30 at 11:59 p.m. The primary justification for the executive order is the protection a home provides from the pandemic for self-quarantined and isolated persons.  As with the prior executive orders on eviction, this order prohibits the following: removal of a tenant (or land contract vendee, or “a person holding under” either) from “residential premises,” including under an eviction order or writ of restitution, unless they “pose[] a substantial risk to another person or an imminent ...
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Continuing the trend of loosening the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” restrictions, Governor Whitmer issued Mich Exec Order No 2020-115 on June 5, 2020. The new order applies to individuals and businesses in Regions 6 and 8 effective June 10, 2020, and represents a shift of that region to Stage 5 (“Containing”). Mich Exec Order No 2020-115 also rescinds subsection 12(c) of Mich Exec Order No 2020-110 (restricting operation of facilities offering nonessential personal care services) effective June 15, 2020, although Mich Exec Order No 2020-110 otherwise remains in effect for Regions 1-5 and 7. Among other things, Mich Exec Order No 2020-115: States that work that ...
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Mich Exec Order No 2020-108 rescinds Mich Exec Order No 2020-72 and extends the restrictions on entry to health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities through June 26, 2020. The new order contains all of the provisions of the previous order and extends authority to the director of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), as described below. Allowed Visitors. These facilities may allow only the following visitors: those necessary for the provision of medical care; those necessary for the support of activities of daily living; those necessary for the exercise of power ...
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Given the loosened restrictions on events, gatherings, and businesses outlined in Mich Exec Order No 2020-110 and Mich Exec Order No 2020-115   (effective June 10, 2020, for Regions 6 and 8 and lifting Mich Exec Order No 2020-110’s restrictions on operation of facilities offering non-essential personal care services across the state effective June 15, 2020) , many businesses are beginning the process of reopening in some capacity. Under Mich Exec Order No 2020-110, any work that is capable of being performed remotely must be performed remotely, while under Mich Exec Order 2020-115 (which represents a move to Stage 5 (“Containing”) for Regions 6 and 8), any ...
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Today, Governor Whitmer issued Mich Exec Order No 2020-110 , marking a major shift toward reopening many businesses across the state within designated limits. The order is intended to allow reopening consistent with Stage 4 (“Improving”) of the MI Safe Start Plan . Most critically, the new order: Requires that any work that can be done remotely be done remotely. Any business requiring employees to leave their home to work must comply with safeguards outlined in Mich Exec Order No 2020-97 . Requires that any individuals leaving their homes follow social distancing guidelines and wear a face covering in any enclosed public space as long as they can medically ...
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On May 21, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued a new “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, Mich Exec Order No 2020-96 , which takes effect immediately (unless otherwise specified in the order), and remains in effect until June 12, 2020. (The duration of the order was extended by Mich Exec Order No 2020-100 , issued on May 22, 2020.) Mich Exec Order No 2020-96 rescinds the previous “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, Mich Exec Order No 2020-92. The new order generally continues the measures set forth in the previous order (outlined here ), but includes several notable changes. Among other things, the new order: Permits gatherings of 10 or fewer people as long as participants ...
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Mich Exec Order No 2020-95 rescinds and replaces Mich   Exec Order No 2020-84 , and establishes procedures in long-term care facilities to protect the health and safety of both employees and residents. The order is in effect through June 17, 2020. Here are the highlights: Protections for Employees of Long-Term Care Facilities COVID-19 Affected Employees.   Employees (or regional hubs also) who test positive for or display symptoms of COVID-19 should remain home and cannot be discharged, disciplined, or retaliated against for doing so. Protective Equipment.   Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizer will be provided ...
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Friend of the Court offices and circuit courts around the state have been inundated with questions surrounding custody and parenting time during the COVID-19 outbreak. Following Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s initial order requiring residents to shelter in place (the current order is Mich Exec Order No 2020-114 ), the State Court Administrative Office put together frequently asked questions  (FAQs) addressing parenting time and child support issues during COVID-19. The FAQs were recently revised to add additional questions and answers.   Some common parenting time questions addressed in the  FAQs  include the following: What are some parenting time alternatives ...
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On May 21, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued a new “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, Mich Exec Order No 2020-96 , which takes effect immediately (unless otherwise specified in the order), and remains in effect until June 12, 2020. (The duration of the order was extended by Mich Exec Order No 2020-100 , issued on May 22, 2020.) Mich Exec Order No 2020-96 rescinds the previous “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, Mich Exec Order No 2020-92. The new order generally continues the measures set forth in the previous order (outlined here ), but includes several notable changes. Among other things, the new order: Permits gatherings of 10 or fewer people as long as participants ...
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​ D.J. Hilson has been the Muskegon County Prosecutor since 2013 and served as an assistant prosecutor for 13 years. He recently addressed how his office has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. How is the COVID-19 crisis affecting new cases coming into your office? What about existing cases? Does this change how things are charged? The only change we have seen is perhaps the volume of cases. We receive and process warrant requests every day, including the weekends. This includes for people who have been lodged in the jail and for investigations that have been completed but without an arrest. The number of people being lodged has certainly decreased, ...
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On May 18, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued a new “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, Mich Exec Order No 2020-92 , which takes effect immediately (unless otherwise specified in the order), and remains in effect until May 28, 2020. The order rescinds the previous “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, Mich Exec Order No 2020-77, and moves many of the safety measures for businesses outlined in that order to new Mich Exec Order No 2020-91 (discussed below). The new order generally continues the measures set forth in Mich Exec Order No 2020-77 (including the directives to individual citizens in most areas to stay home except to run critical errands, perform safe outdoor activities, ...
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Michigan Supreme Court Orders The  Michigan Supreme Court  has issued 15 administrative orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which are summarized below by topic. July 2020 Bar Exam AO 2020-15 , dated May 18, 2020, details changes to the July 2020 bar exam format. The exam will now be one day (July 28) and will consist of only the essay portion. There is no MBE component. Although the exam will be administered online, the order provides for an in-person testing possibility for people receiving ADA accommodations or for people who are unable to take the exam on a computer. Applicants also have the option of transferring to the next available ...
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