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Attention! MI’s New Paid Sick Leave Law Goes into Effect March 29, 2019

Attention! MI’s New Paid Sick Leave Law Goes into Effect March 29, 2019

Last year, the Grand Rapids Chamber and other business groups from across the state, were successful in convincing lawmakers to pull the paid sick leave employer mandate from the statewide election ballot by adopting the proposals. This preserved the ability of the legislature to amend the adopted laws by a simple majority vote and approval of the governor. Had the issue gone to the ballot and been approved by voters, any changes would have required a three-fourths vote of the Legislature, a nearly impossible threshold.

The original proposal would have been one of the most burdensome Paid Sick Leave laws in the nation. The changes made by the Legislature that make the law workable for employers and employees alike go into effect March 29, 2019.

This year, however, a state Senator who is opposed to the changes made last session, and has asked for another Attorney General opinion on the constitutionality of adopting and amending a ballot proposal. The House and Senate have requested an immediate advisory opinion for the Supreme Court. The concern is that if Attorney General Dana Nessel issues an opinion that the move was not constitutional – then the current law is null and void, and the original proposals could go back into effect, a devastating move for employers.

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For more information or questions, please contact Andy Johnston at 616.771.0335 or johnstona@grandrapids.org

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