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State Uses Unrelated Law To Extract More From Businesses Breaking Pandemic Rules

State inspectors fined a home improvement company located in Bangor $2,100 after its workers weren’t wearing face masks or maintaining six feet of social distancing as they moved around on a roof, making repairs.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has directed officials at a Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, whose authority comes from a state workplace safety law, to enforce violations of COVID-19 executive orders authorized by an unrelated law on emergencies and disasters. Among other things this practice allows the state to levy and collect more expensive fines on business owners than is allowed under the state of emergency law.

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity did the inspection in Mattawan on June 16. The state issued the notice of violation on Aug. 25.

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