Michigan Chamber Asks Court to Rule on Constitutionality of Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage Laws

March 18, 2019

The Michigan Chamber filed amicus briefs with the Michigan Supreme Court last week, asking them to rule on the constitutionality of legislation passed last session to amend Michigan’s paid sick leave and minimum wage laws. The amicus was filed on the heels of resolutions passed by the Michigan House and Senate asking the Court to consider the issue. The amicus briefs may be viewed here and here

This action was taken in response to State Senator Stephanie Chang’s request for the Attorney General to issue an AG opinion on the matter. Given that an unfavorable AG opinion could turn the paid sick leave and minimum wage laws on their head, we hope the Supreme Court will undertake the requested review and bring clarity to the state of the law prior to the March 29 effective date.

Although there remains much uncertainty regarding the status of the law, we recommend that employers continue to prepare to comply with the law as amended in December. These changes are slated to go into effect on March 29. Compliance on the paid sick leave law can be found here and on the minimum wage law here

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