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
Effective March 5, MDHHS Order Loosens Gathering Restrictions and Restaurant Capacity Limits
March 3, 2021
On March 2, 2021, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a new Gatherings and Face Mask Order, effective March 5 through April 19, 2021, replacing the previous order. The new order allows more people to gather at a time, both indoors and outdoors in a variety of contexts, and allows 50 percent dining capacity at restaurants.

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Discussion Forum (Accessible to ICLE Partners Only)
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Practice Area Guidance
Business Law

February 1, 2021

Brendan G. Best, Varnum LLP

Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the Act), Pub L No 116-260, 134 Stat 1182 (2020), many struggling but viable small businesses may be able to now file a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, get four months of rent relief, and confirm a reorganization plan that allows payment of the arrearage over three to five years. This update summarizes the bankruptcy provisions of the Act.

December 22, 2020

Kanika Ferency, ICLE

The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 includes provisions related to tax deductions for expenses paid with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. This article summarizes those provisions.
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

March 2, 2021

Jeanne E. Murphy, ICLE

This article explains the new requirements for visitation in residential care facilities under an order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, effective March 2, 2021. Note that this order rescinds one issued on December 8, 2020.

February 10, 2021

Maureen Rouse-Ayoub, Varnum LLP

COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed and administered throughout the United States. While the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) director has indicated that the agency is not considering a statewide coronavirus vaccine mandate, this article outlines a number of considerations for employers wondering whether—and when—their companies can take advantage of the vaccine.

January 20, 2021

Alexis F. Johnson, AFJ Law Group PLLC

On October 14, 2020, the Michigan Legislature approved more than a dozen bills related to COVID-19, including SB 886. The bill provides much needed relief for both employees and employers affected by COVID-19-related employment issues by temporarily amending the Michigan Employment Security Act in several key ways. The relief provided by SB 886 was extended on December 29, 2020, by 2020 PA 258.

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

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

January 14, 2021 (updated)

Jeanne E. Murphy, ICLE

2020 PA 246, 247, 248, and 249, authorize remote witnessing, notarization, visitation, and electronic signatures in Michigan. This legislation has been extended and applies to any document executed on or after April 30, 2020, and before July 1, 2021, by 2020 PAs 335, 336, 337, and 338. This article summarizes the highlights.
Real Property

February 1, 2021

Noah C. Hagan, ICLE

On January 29, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order extending its previous order, dated September 1, 2020, halting certain residential evictions through March 31, 2021. The new order cites 42 CFR 70.2 as authority. This article summarizes the highlights of the order.

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.
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Remote Notary and Witness Checklist
Nathan R. Piwowarski, McCurdy Wotila & Porteous PC

Client Letter for a Remote Signing Meeting Under 2020 PA 246 and 249
Howard H. Collens, Galloway and Collens PLLC

COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits Checklist
Daimeon Cotton, Cotton Law Center PLLC

Landlord-Tenant Cases During COVID-19
Hon. Karen Quinlan Valvo, 15th District Court; Hon. Cynthia Meagher Arvant, 46th District Court

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