With all of the changing information about the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19, I wanted to get some information out that might be important for Michigan builders.
This is changing rapidly, so rather than putting information on this page, I am mostly going to direct you to other websites that are updated regularly.
The buttons below will take you to websites with information regarding various situations with COVID-19
Click this button to watch a free 18 minute video class from
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about MIOSHA regulations concerning COVID safety:
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
has the most up to date and exhaustive information regarding the disease and how to stay safe:
Contractors can go back to work May 7!
According to Gov. Whitmer's May 1 Executive Order #2020-70, Michigan construction workers can go back to work!
Read the latest Executive Order on COVID here:
MIOSHA has Covid Guidelines for working safely:
has lots of resources that might be valuable to builders or their workers including:
For the first time, even self-employed people can file for "Unemployment"!
This is from the Michigan Dept of Labor and Economic Opportuntiy:
Self-Employed, Other Newly Eligible Workers Can Apply for Unemployment on Monday, April 13, 2020.
Michigan’s self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors and low-wage workers affected by COVID-19 can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) beginning Monday, April 13 at 8 a.m.
Many people have had trouble with the UIA website and system. The system is completely overwhelmed. To get Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), you need to register as an Employee even though you are self-employed. The link above explains how to do that. Below is a link to a YouTube video with some plain English explanation of the national system.
Save your small business!
Low interest (1%) and forgivable loans are available to small businesses and independent contractors!!!
If the Michigan Paycheck Protection Program (MiPPP) funds are used appropriately, the small business loan will be forgiven and you will only have to pay the accrued interest.
While the original money has all been used, new pandemic relief bills continue to be passed. Some lenders are still taking applications for the loans.
Find out more here:
Michigan Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO)
Has resources for businesses affected by the disease and the shelter in place orders:
The Small Business Development Center has lots of FREE resources for developing your business. Some of these relate to COVID-19, but others are just about building your business. Since plenty of things have changed recently, this might be a good time to check them out.
The Center for Construction Reasearch and Training has developed guidelines for how to work safely.
They even have guidance from Milwaukee Tools on how to clean tools!
Who cleans their tools???!!!