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Sick Time Leave Changed by the Senate

Nov 30, 2018

On Wednesday, the Senate voted to amend the recently passed sick time leave laws in Michigan. The original change was initiated by a citizen’s initiative to expand the state’s sick time leave laws. In September, the House and Senate voted to approve of the initiative.

The citizen’s initiative, as approved by the legislature, created the Earned Sick Time Act, which provides workers with the right to earn sick time that could be used for a variety of reasons. Employees would receive one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, with a cap of 72 hours per year. However, the Senate voted to change the law to one hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked, with a cap of 36 hours per year. The bill also exempts employers with less than 50 employees.

The legislation was referred to the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee for consideration. The committee is chaired by Speaker-elect Representative Lee Chatfield (R-Levering).

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