BY: Tad T. Roumayah | IN: COVID-19, Employment Law
To increase the number of health care professionals treating COVID-19 patients, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-30. The order, signed on March 29, 2020, grants hospitals and other health care facilities greater flexibility in how they use staff and students to treat patients with the coronavirus.
The mandate modifies or lifts restrictions previously limiting doctors, medical students, and other healthcare providers, hoping these people will join the frontline to fight the coronavirus pandemic. By removing barriers to practice, the order also expands employment rights and reduces liability.
Here is a summary of the most notable provisions.
All provisions relating to scope of practice, supervision, and delegation are temporarily suspended with respect to health care services provided in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, appropriate to the professional’s education, training, and experience as follows:
Health care facilities may allow students to participate in the COVID-19 response in the following manner:
Renewal of a license, certification, or registration will be suspended in the following circumstances:
The COVID-19 emergency calls for all hands on deck at existing and makeshift hospitals and other medical care facilities. While the governor’s executive order protects health care providers from liability, they may need to protect themselves from employers’ violations of state and federal employment laws, both during the pandemic and later.
If you have questions about your COVID-19-related workplace rights, whether you’re a health care worker or not, please contact the employment law attorneys at Sommers Schwartz today. We are working remotely and remain here to help.
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Tad Roumayah focuses his practice primarily on employment litigation, representing employees who have encountered discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, whistleblower protection claims, wage and hour violations and other employment issues and disputes.