Gov Signs Chamber-Backed Bill Preempting Local Wage and Benefit Laws

July 6, 2015

Good news! Governor Snyder has signed legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber prohibiting local units of government from adopting laws related to employee wages or benefits, such as local leave mandates, local wage or fringe benefit mandates, local scheduling or shift mandates and local minimum or prevailing wage ordinances. 

House Bill 4052, now Public Act 105 of 2015, was developed at the Chamber's urging due to a growing movement by local units of government to pass aggressive and burdensome ordinances and laws governing private sector employers’ relations with their employees. Proponents of these laws have placed several Michigan cities on their target list, hoping to pass local laws mandating employee leave time, wages higher than the state minimum wage and the like.

Absent this legislation, Michigan’s 1,800-plus local units of government could each enact different local labor law mandates on job providers. The Michigan Chamber supports this measure because it would guarantee that only the state and federal government would have the authority to enact these laws, creating one law for all businesses to comply. View full details of the legislation here.   

We fully expect some local units of government to test the boundaries of this legislation and urge you to report any proposed ordinances or regulations addressing these matters. The Michigan Chamber stands ready to enforce the law as written. 

For more information, contact Wendy Block, Director of Health Policy & Human Resources, at wblock@michamber.com or (517) 371-7678.