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.
State Rep. Timmy Beson today said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s message touting Small Business Saturday doesn’t excuse her veto of his plan to protect small businesses from unnecessary and unconstitutional fines.
From left, state Rep. Annette Glenn of Midland, state Rep. Timmy Beson of Bangor Township, Chief Chris Coughlin of the Midland Fire Department, Chief Rob Glenn of the Bangor Township Fire Department and state Sen. Kevin Daley of Lum, meet in Bangor Township on Thursday, Nov. 18, to discuss local fire and emergency services.
State Rep. Timmy Beson today said a newly released audit sheds light on a major error by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA), which approved hundreds of thousands of claims under ineligible criteria.
State Rep. Timmy Beson, of Bangor Township, today issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed his plan to help recovering businesses by waiving fines for corrected, first-time violations and by reimbursing fines assessed under unconstitutional orders:
“Once again, Gov. Whitmer has turned her back on small businesses.”