Michigan Chamber Champions Legislation Preempting Local Labor Laws

May 11, 2015

The Michigan Chamber will testify before a House committee this week in support of legislation to prohibit 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, local minimum or prevailing wage ordinances.  

House Bill 4052, introduced by Rep. Earl Poleski (R-Jackson), was developed at the Chamber's urging due to a growing movement by local units of government across the nation. In recent years, we have seen an explosion of local laws adopted that govern employers’ relations with their employees, including paid or unpaid leave, minimum wage or other employment mandates. Proponents of these mandates have placed several Michigan cities on their target list.

The Michigan Chamber is highly concerned about this trend. We are working to preempt these local laws before they are ever enacted. Absent legislation, Michigan’s 1,800-plus local units of government could enact different local labor law mandates on businesses. The Michigan Chamber supports legislation preempting these laws, which 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.

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