House Passes Changes to Minimum Wage and Earned Paid Sick Leave
Final changes to SB 1171, minimum wage, include:
- Minimum wage will go up to $12.05 by 2030.
- Tipped workers will be paid 38% of minimum wage bringing tipped workers to $4.58 by 2030.
Final changes to SB 1175, earned paid sick leave, include:
- Employers required to offer up to 40 hours of sick time.
- Accrual rate for sick time is 1 hour for every 35 hours worked.
- Workers may accrue leave time immediately and begin using it in 90 days.
- Businesses with 50 employees or less are exempt from requiring earned paid sick leave.
- The term “Domestic Partner” was removed, employees may not use sick time to care for relatives of their domestic partners.
All Democrats opposed the bill with Republican Representatives Joe Bellino, Martin Howrylak and Jeff Yaroch joining them. The bills were concurred by the Senate and are headed to the Governor for his approval or veto.
Legislatures can amend Citizens’ Initiatives
Attorney General Bill Schuette issued an opinion yesterday that the Michigan Legislature can change citizen’s initiatives such as paid sick leave and minimum wage. This contradicts a 1964 opinion by Attorney General Frank Kelley.
Bill Limiting the Power of Attorney General Heads out of Committee
HB 6553 would allow the legislature to intervene in any court case it deems necessary. After a contentious Government Operations Committee meeting, the bill passed to the floor 3 – 2. Similar bills limiting the power of the incoming Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General are gaining national attention in Wisconsin – read more.