The Michigan Senate on Tuesday approved state Rep. Timmy Beson’s plan to protect businesses from excessive fines for COVID-19 orders and rules.
“Job providers in Michigan — especially small businesses — have dealt with lots of different restrictions during COVID-19,” said Beson, of Bangor Township. “Small-business owners have worked hard to keep people safe and keep their doors open, and my plan will give some grace and relief to the employers in our state. A business that violates a COVID-19 workplace rule for the first time will be protected from a fine if the issue is corrected. Any business that paid a fine for an unconstitutional order will get their money back. This plan will help out the small businesses in our communities and move our state forward.”
Beson’s House Bill 4501 would prohibit the Michigan Occupational and Safety Health Administration (MIOSHA) from fining a business for a first-time civil violation of an emergency standard related to COVID-19, if the employer corrects the violation. Additionally, the plan would require MIOSHA to reimburse civil fines paid for violating executive orders related to COVID-19 that have been struck down by the Michigan Supreme Court.
HB 4501 now advances to the governor for her consideration.
After the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s mandate that workers at large employers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19, state Rep. Timmy Beson, of Bangor Township, today issued the following statement:
State Rep. Timmy Beson today called for greater accountability at Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) after an independent report determined that the agency likely paid about $8.5 billion for potentially fraudulent claims during the pandemic.