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Paid Sick Leave Petition Circulating Again


A ballot petition requiring employers to provide paid sick leave is circulating. Early this year, a similar petition failed to reach the number of signatures needed to make the November ballot. With this petition, employers would be required to offer one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked. Time would accrue in one hour increments of up to 40 hours per calendar year for businesses with less than 10 employees and 72 hours per calendar year for all other businesses. The time would carry over from year-to-year, but employers would not be required to allow employees to use more than 40/72 hours in a single year. Paid sick leave could be used for illness, medical treatment, and care for a family member or a newborn child.  

We recommend against signing this petition as it is a one-size-fits-all paid leave mandate. This proposal would have a significant impact on Jackson 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 that workers need and want, such as retirement, health insurance and other fringe benefits.   

Industries such as tourism, hospitality and retail will be impacted the hardest by this proposal because they rely heavily on part-time employment. This is the very same group that is being hit hardest by the recent DOL exempt/nonexempt ruling.

 

Info and portions of article from Michigan Chamber of Commerce; www.michamber.com