The Michigan Chamber is hosting a FREE webinar on October 24 to help Chamber members understand the requirements of the Michigan’s new Mandatory Sick Leave Act. The Act will create compliance headaches for employers of all sizes and types, including those offering leave time to their employees today. Worse yet, the Act is a litigation nightmare because, in the matter of unfavorable personnel actions, employers will be have to defend their decisions in court.
The Michigan Legislature adopted the paid sick leave proposal to remove the issue from the Nov. 6 election ballot. By taking this action, lawmakers have promised to thoroughly review and consider amendments to make this law workable for employers and employees alike.
Under the Act, workers earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. All workers (full-time, part-time, temporary workers and independent contractors) would be entitled to use 72 hours in a year. As written, the proposal places severe compliance burdens on employers, including those with paid leave policies currently in place. The law creates an unprecedented rebuttable presumption for adverse personnel actions and numerous avenues for lawsuits, fines and damages.
The combined effect of the Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Act is that employees will have 72 hours per year of paid time off that they can use intermittently and without any practical restrictions.
What you will learn:
- What Michigan’s mandatory paid leave law requires of employers:
- Who qualifies under the new law
- Amount of paid sick leave employers must provide and allowable uses
- How sick leave must be accounted for and carried over
- How to handle notification/call-ins and documentation
- How the law interacts with the FMLA and FLSA-exempt employees
- How time for reinstated employees must be handled
- Opportunities for judicial and administrative actions and fines
- Notices and posters.
- Key compliance complexities and areas of concern.
- What’s next: How the Legislature might respond and how you can influence that process.
Donald P. Lawless is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg’s labor and employment law department in Grand Rapids. He has 25+ years of experience. His practice covers the broad range of labor and employment issues including civil rights, contract negotiation, grievance arbitration, defense of unfair labor practice charges, and union avoidance. His specialties include wage and hour compliance audits, occupational safety and health, ADA in employment, FMLA strategies, and facility and program access under Titles II and III of the ADA. He is a frequent Michigan Chamber presenter and member of its Board.
Wendy Block joined the Michigan Chamber of Commerce in May of 2004. As Vice President of Business Advocacy, Wendy is responsible for developing and advancing legislative and regulatory proposals and agendas that represent Chamber members’ interests on a wide range of issues, including health care, legal reform, workforce development and employment law. Wendy also manages the Chamber’s Health and Human Resources Committee, a member-based committee that helps shape the chamber’s position on key issues and public policy proposals.