Helpful Guidance and Tools from Michigan Lawyers
We recognize that in the blink of an eye, your law practice and your daily routine have been turned upside down. Here’s an overview of the resources we’ve developed and curated to help you stay on top of everything. Stay tuned for more updates as new resources become available.
COVID-19 Orders
New MDHHS Order Tightens Restrictions on Gatherings and More
November 16, 2020
On Sunday, November 15, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new Gatherings and Face Mask Order replacing the previous one issued on October 29, 2020. The new order goes into effect on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, and remains in effect for three weeks until December 8, 2020. As before, the authority for the order is MCL 333.2253 of the Public Health Code. The new order, described as a “pause to save lives,” includes a number of tightened restrictions on social gatherings, businesses, and schools.

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Practice Area Guidance
Business Law

April 9, 2020

Paul R. Hage, Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC

Paul describes the various provisions in the CARES Act that temporarily amend the Bankruptcy Code, affecting both business and consumer bankruptcies.
Civil Litigation

March 25, 2020

Chad D. Engelhardt, Goethel Engelhardt PLLC

Chad explains how this COVID-19 pandemic serves as an important prompt to leverage technology and foster relationships to keep our clients and our practices moving forward.
Criminal Law

May 21, 2020

D.J. Hilson, Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office

D.J. discusses how his office has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and what issues criminal law practitioners are facing.
Elder Law

November 2, 2020

Jeanne E. Murphy, ICLE

On October 21, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued an order, effective October 26, 2020, under the Public Health Code setting out protocols for visitation to address the threat to public health caused by COVID-19. The order remains in effect until lifted. This article summarizes the highlights.

October 15, 2020

Jaclyn R. Giffen, Littler Mendelson PLC

Although the recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling against Governor Whitmer’s executive orders had significant fallout, these developments do not mean Michigan employers will be unregulated with respect to COVID-19. This article summarizes changes affecting employers.

September 28, 2020

Joshua P. Lushnat, Ogletree Deakins

On September 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) revised its regulations in response to a court decision invalidating several provisions of the DOL’s final rule implementing the emergency family leave and paid sick leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The revised regulations modified some portions but reaffirmed others, where it ceded no ground to the SDNY’s decision. The revisions became effective on September 16, 2020. This article summarizes the revisions.

April 28, 2020

Maureen Rouse-Ayoub, Varnum LLP

Maureen summarizes the recent U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance that employers may administer or require COVID-19 testing before allowing employees to return to the workplace without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

April 24, 2020

Jack W. Schulz, Schulz Gotham PLC

Jack focuses his practice on employment litigation, representing labor unions and truck drivers. He offers his input on some current litigation arising out of COVID-19, as well as his predictions regarding issues that will be litigated going forward.

April 24, 2020

John D. Mabley, Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices

John discusses the ethical considerations lawyers should keep in mind when meeting with clients and conducting business via Zoom.
Family Law

May 22, 2020

Jeffrey Nicholas Van Erp, ICLE

The State Court Administrative Office compiled frequently asked questions to help guide litigants and lawyers parenting time and child support concerns.

April 14, 2020

Shalini Nangia, Varnum LLP

Shalini offers resources and tips to assist clients who may be experiencing domestic violence while being isolated with their abusers.
Probate/Estate Planning

November 6, 2020

Jeanne E. Murphy, ICLE

2020 PA 246, 247, 248, and 249, which address remote witnessing, notarization, visitation, and electronic signatures, were signed by the governor on November 5, 2020, effective that date. This new legislation allows electronic signatures and remote witnessing, notarization, and visitation on the terms laid out in Governor Whitmer’s now-invalidated executive orders. This article summarizes the legislation.
Real Property

Sept 3, 2020

Noah C. Hagan, ICLE

On September 1, 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order that halts certain residential evictions through December 31, 2020. This article summarizes the highlights.

July 2, 2020

James E. Schaafsma, Michigan Poverty Law Program

This articles summarizes the COVID-19 related housing assistance program established by 2020 PA 123.
ICLE Premium Partners: Here Are a Few of Your New Resources
Practicing Law During COVID-19 and Beyond
Terrence G. Quinn, The TGQ Law Firm

Rent Deferral Agreement
James L. Carey, Carey Law Offices PC

Participating in Court Hearings via Zoom
Joseph Doerr, Doerr Law Firm PLLC

Family Law Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Shalini Nangia, Varnum LLP; Julia A. Perkins, Varnum LLP

Advising Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Ronda Tate Truvillion, Lewis & Munday PC

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