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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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​ 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​ On June 24, 2020,   Mich Exec Order No 2020-131  rescinded and replaced Mich Exec Order No 2020-74 .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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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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On Thursday, May 7, 2020, Governor Whitmer rescinded Mich Exec Order No 2020-57 and issued  Mich Exec Order No 2020-76 , effective for the duration of the declared state of emergency. The new order continues the temporary expansion of unemployment benefits during COVID-19 and includes all provisions outlined in the prior order. In addition, the new order temporarily suspends MCL 421.32(c) in order to allow the Unemployment Insurance Agency to review only an individual’s most recent job separation (the one causing their current unemployment) to determine the individual’s nonmonetary eligibility and qualification for unemployment benefits. Mich Exec Order No 2020-76 ...
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On May 7, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued a new “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, Mich Exec Order No 2020-77 , 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 2020-59. The new order generally continues the measures set forth in Mich Exec Order No 2020-59 (including the directives to individual citizens to stay home except to run critical errands, perform safe outdoor activities, or go to certain jobs) but adds several new provisions. Among other things, the new order does the following: Describes new exceptions to ...
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​ Michigan Supreme Court Orders The  Michigan Supreme Court  has issued 14 administrative orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which are summarized below by topic. Continued Status Quo and Phased Return AO 2020-14 , dated May 6, 2020, advises trial courts to consider expanding in-person operations. Each court’s approach must have “ diligent regard for health and safety practices as determined in consultation with local health officials.” The approach must also be approved by SCAO, which has set guidelines for a phased return to normal operations. Under the guidelines, courts must (among other things): Expand remote hearings and court ...
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​ Note that on May 5, 2020, Mich Exec Order No 2020-41 was rescinded and replaced with Mich Exec Order No 2020-74 . The new order contains all of the provisions of the original order and extends them to June 30, 2020, with some small changes. In the new order, the requirement that witnessed documents must be exchanged within 24 hours has been extended to 72 hours (¶6(g) and (h)). In addition a new paragraph 11 has been added suspending strict compliance with the Michigan Law on Notarial Acts. Executive Order 2020-41 ,  the original order, allows electronic signatures and remote witnessing, notarization, and visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here ...
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Jack W. Schulz of Schulz Gotham, PLC, in Detroit focuses his practice on employment litigation, representing labor unions, and representing truck drivers. He offers his input on some current litigation arising out of COVID-19, as well as his predictions as to issues that will be litigated going forward. I know you’re involved in current litigation involving an employee’s alleged wrongful termination for attempting to comply with the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” orders—can you talk a little bit about the issues at play in that case? Generally, Michigan is an "at-will" employment state, meaning that an employee can be terminated for any reason or ...
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On April 24, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued a new "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order, Executive Order 2020-59 , which takes effect tonight and remains in effect until May 15, 2020. The order rescinds the previous “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order,  Executive Order 2020-42 . The new order generally continues the measures set forth in Executive Order 2020-42 and amends their scope. Among other things, the new order does the following: Continues to limit gatherings and travel and prohibit in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life and conduct minimum basic operations Requires continuation of social distancing measures when outside the home Adds ...
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