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2018 Legislative Initiative Petition 3: Mandate employers provide paid leave

Public Act 338 of 2018

Introduced in the Senate on September 5, 2018
To mandate that all employers in the state (except federal agencies) grant employees one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a total of 40 hours annually for small businesses, and 72 hours annually for larger employers. The leave could be used for individual or family medical issues, domestic violence issues, school meetings and more.
To demonstrate compliance employers would be required to keep relevant records for five years, and not having the records (and other factors) could potentially create a legal presumption that an employer was in violation of the proposed law. A state agency would be empowered to impose penalties and damages, and violations would also be a civil offense subject to a $1,000 fine plus damage assessments.   Official Text and Analysis.
Passed 24 to 13 in the Senate on September 5, 2018.
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To mandate that all employers in the state (except federal agencies) grant employees one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a total of 40 hours annually for small businesses, and 72 hours annually for larger employers. The leave could be used for individual or family medical issues, domestic violence issues, school meetings and more.
To demonstrate compliance employers would be required to keep relevant records for five years, and not having the records (and other factors) could potentially create a legal presumption that an employer was in violation of the proposed law. A state agency would be empowered to impose penalties and damages, and violations would also be a civil offense subject to a $1,000 fine plus damage assessments.
Note: If the measure were placed on the ballot and approved by a majority of voters, any future amendments would require a ¾ supermajority vote in the House and Senate. But if enacted by the legislature like a regular bill it can amended later with a simple majority vote. Negotiations are underway over amending the measure after the November, 2018 election so as to require employers to provide some level of sick leave with less burdensome record keeping and legal liability provisions.
Received in the House on September 5, 2018
Passed 78 to 28 in the House on September 5, 2018.
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(same description)
To mandate that all employers in the state (except federal agencies) grant employees one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a total of 40 hours annually for small businesses, and 72 hours annually for larger employers. The leave could be used for individual or family medical issues, domestic violence issues, school meetings and more.
To demonstrate compliance employers would be required to keep relevant records for five years, and not having the records (and other factors) could potentially create a legal presumption that an employer was in violation of the proposed law. A state agency would be empowered to impose penalties and damages, and violations would also be a civil offense subject to a $1,000 fine plus damage assessments.
Note: If the measure were placed on the ballot and approved by a majority of voters, any future amendments would require a ¾ supermajority vote in the House and Senate. But if enacted by the legislature like a regular bill it can amended later with a simple majority vote. Negotiations are underway over amending the measure after the November, 2018 election so as to require employers to provide some level of sick leave with less burdensome record keeping and legal liability provisions
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Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on September 25, 2018

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