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Whitmer: Health care workers must get ‘implicit bias’ training

LANSING (AP) — All health workers in Michigan will be required to receive “implicit bias” training under a directive issued Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who said the mandate is intended to address the coronavirus pandemic’s disproportionate impact on people of color.

The order requires the state licensing department to write rules requiring the training as part of the licensing and registration of health professionals.

Black residents represent 14 percent of Michigan’s population but account for 40 percent of COVID-19-related deaths.


Webinar to discuss COVID-19 workplace requirements

The Association of Corporate Counsel-Michigan Chapter (ACC-MI) and Warner, Norcross, & Judd will present the first webinar in a three-part series, titled “COVID-19 Safeguard Requirements for Your Workplace,” designed to inform in-house counsel on the important and specific issues facing employers today.

The webinar will take place Thursday, July 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Warner attorneys Ed Bardelli, Amanda Fielder, Jonathan Kok, and Steve Palazzolo will present an overview of the safeguard requirements for reopening a workplace.

Businesses have faced practical and legal employment challenges as they implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The webinar will review the safeguard requirements and also discuss potential employment litigation issues relating to terminations and furloughs, workplace safety, discrimination and wage and hour issues.

Registration for this free event can be completed by visiting acc.com/chapters-networks/chapters/michigan and clicking on “events.”


State AG announces creation of Criminal Investigations Division

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has announced the creation of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID), led by former Lansing Police Department Capt. Thomas Fabus.

The CID is the first of its kind for the state Department of Attorney General and will allow the department to more effectively and uniformly complete thorough investigations covering a variety of subjects, while providing resources and strengthening partnerships with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Fabus began his position with the Attorney General’s office in April as chief of investigations. Earlier, he worked for the Lansing Police Department for nearly 25 years.

In his new role, Fabus will oversee the Department of Attorney General’s special agents and investigative efforts in such areas as clergy abuse and officer-involved shootings, hate crimes, cold-case homicides and consumer protection concerns.

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