Paid Sick Initiative Leave Won’t Qualify for 2016 Ballot

May 23, 2016

Progressive groups, including the Restaurant Opportunity and Mothering Justice, have suspended their campaign to place a paid sick leave proposal on the November 2016 ballot. The so-called “Time to Care Coalition” made their announcement last Friday, after it became clear they would not gather the 252,523 signatures needed to place the issue on the ballot.   

If the ballot proposal qualified and was approved by voters, employees working for businesses with 10 or more employees would accrue a minimum of one hour of “earned sick time” (paid sick leave) for every 30 hours worked. Employees would be entitled to use 72 hours in a year unless the employer selects a higher limit. The rules for small businesses, defined as less than 10 employees working during a given week, including part-time, full-time and temporary workers, would be slightly different. Read the Chamber's full analysis of the proposal

Several weeks ago the Coalition announced they were on track to get the minimum signatures, but the announcement came after several months of inactivity and a poor campaign finance report. 

The Michigan Chamber was gearing up its efforts to defeat the proposal if it qualified for the ballot, so we are pleased with this development. We are opposed to a paid sick leave mandate because it will hit the tourism, hospitality and retail industries and seasonal businesses the hardest. Companies that can afford to provide paid leave typically do. For those that don’t, cost is the driving factor. We were concerned that if Michigan became the fifth state to approve a paid leave mandate it would have a chilling impact on these businesses and, ultimately, their employees who may see increased responsibilities, fewer raises, fewer bonuses, reduced hours and even layoffs.

Please contact Wendy Block at wblock@michamber.com with any questions.