Mothering Justice and the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan, two key proponents of the paid sick leave mandate, released polling results last week showing 86 percent of Michigan voters support the concept of a paid sick leave mandate.
The poll, conducted by Denno research and paid for by proponents, suggest that 75 percent of voters support state legislation establishing a state mandate and allowing local municipalities to add greater requirements. The results were gathered from a poll of 600 voters taken Feb. 2-4, 2015.
Senator Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) both introduced bills last month to require employers to offer one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked (See Feb. 16, 2015 Capitol Report for details.)
Although we recognize there is significant public support for these proposals, the Michigan Chamber is strongly opposed to a blanket paid leave mandate. Specifically, while many employers already offer these types of benefits, many simply cannot afford to do so. Thus, these proposals would have a significant impact on Michigan employers’ payroll costs and hiring decisions and would be felt most by workers who will have to cover the work load for absent employees. It could also have an adverse impact on employers’ ability to offer the voluntary benefits workers need and want, such as retirement, health insurance and other fringe benefits.
The Michigan Chamber is a strong voice of opposition to this proposal in the State Legislature and will continue to monitor proponents’ efforts to take this issue to the voters in 2016.
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