Employment & Labor Law

Chamber Files Amicus Brief in Support of Constitutionality of Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage Laws

The Michigan Chamber filed an amicus brief with the Michigan Supreme Court (“court”) last week, requesting that the court issue an advisory opinion on the constitutionality of legislation passed in 2018 to amend Michigan’s paid sick leave and minimum wage laws. The Court will hear oral arguments on this case on July 17, 2019.

New Mandatory Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage Laws Go Into Effect March 29; Are You Ready?

If you are still uncertain about the details of these new laws or your compliance obligations, we encourage your to visit the links below.

Here's What You Need to Know

Michigan's New Paid Sick Leave Law

Michigan's New Minimum Wage Law

Michigan Chamber members who have further questions may contact Wendy Block at wblock@michamber.com or (517) 371-7678.

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

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

Debate Over Minimum Wage Continues; Chamber Opposes Aggressive New Proposal

Despite legislation passed late last year to increase Michigan’s minimum wage rate to $9.45 per hour in March 2019 and then to $12.05 per hour by 2022, legislation is pending in the Michigan House and Senate to increase the minimum wage at a much higher and faster rate. The Michigan Chamber is strongly opposed to this proposal. Put simply, the proposed increases go too high, too fast and would put Michigan in the position of having one of the highest minimum wage rates in the nation and the Midwest.  

Chamber Successful in Fight to Improve State's Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage Laws

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement after Governor Snyder signed much-needed legislation to improve Michigan’s new mandatory paid sick leave and minimum wage laws. The Michigan Chamber and its members have been voicing concerns about both laws since they were adopted by the State Legislature in September.

Data Privacy: Know the Laws & Reputation Risks to Your Business

Every business has data. Some is critical. Some is sensitive. Some is not. What falls into each category changes from business to business. The legal and reputational risks that data brings do not change. 

Many business owners are surprised by how many laws apply to their business. After all, they say, data is not even the focus of my business, how can almost a dozen laws apply, just to my data? That is only half the question. The other half is how to keep up with the changing laws. 

Recent NLRB Decisions Benefit Employers

With union activity relatively quiet during the Obama presidency, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) spent much of its attention regulating the non-union workplace, issuing decisions on handbooks, computer use, wearing of Hawaiian shirts, social media, and bringing smart phones to work.  

This NLRB attention spawned many decisions which left employers scratching their heads. That trend is changing. With the election of President Trump, the NLRB, with the new Republican majority, is taking a fresh look at these Obama era decisions.

Governor Signs Chamber-Backed Legislation Targeting Abuses in Asbestos Litigation

Good news! Governor Snyder has signed legislation targeting abuses in asbestos litigation. By hiding evidence of exposure by the original manufacturers of asbestos, personal injury attorneys have made advantage of vulnerabilities in our legal system an art form, padding their pockets in the process. Legislation pushed by the Michigan Chamber, which was signed by the Governor on April 10, works to reverse these trends and save businesses of all sizes and types time and money in the process.