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 Paid sick leave: What to know about the Michigan law before the Supreme Court

Paid sick leave: What to know about the Michigan law before the Supreme Court

July 17, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt, Lindsay VanHulle

The high court is hearing arguments Wednesday on whether Republicans in Lansing acted lawfully in passing a paid sick leave bill last year before neutering it. The court may offer its opinion, or it may not, raising the specter of a formal lawsuit. 

Michigan Supreme Court hears debate on minimum wage, sick leave laws

Michigan Supreme Court hears debate on minimum wage, sick leave laws

July 17, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Does Michigan’s constitution allow the legislature to adopt and amend citizen initiatives in the same two-year term, or does it explicitly prohibit the practice? It’s now up to the state’s highest court to decide.

Opinion | Gutting paid sick time initiative a slap in the face to workers

Opinion | Gutting paid sick time initiative a slap in the face to workers

June 26, 2019 | Lois Robertson-Douglass

The sad irony is that the elected officials who gutted paid sick time for Michigan workers are salaried and get paid in full whether or not they show up to work.

Nessel pushes ruling on Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws to high court

Nessel pushes ruling on Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws to high court

April 25, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Attorney General Dana Nessel said she will not write an opinion on last-minute GOP changes to wage and sick leave laws passed in December. Instead, she deferred to the state Supreme Court on whether the changes were constitutional.  

Michigan minimum wage, paid sick leave case to get Supreme Court review

Michigan minimum wage, paid sick leave case to get Supreme Court review

April 3, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The state’s high court will hear arguments in July on whether the Legislature followed the rules when it watered down the impact of citizen-drafted legislation to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to offer paid sick leave. But the court stopped short of saying it will issue an opinion.

Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws to start Friday under legal cloud

Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws to start Friday under legal cloud

March 26, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Attorney General Dana Nessel and the state Supreme Court may yet weigh in on whether the Legislature violated the Michigan constitution in passing, then gutting, these laws during lame duck. The controversy may end in court.

Michigan GOP asks high court to rule on sick leave, minimum wage changes

Michigan GOP asks high court to rule on sick leave, minimum wage changes

February 20, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Bad blood still remains after the GOP-controlled Legislature adopted citizen initiatives only to gut them later. Now, they want the Supreme Court to rule on whether lawmakers have that power.  

GOP lawmakers want Michigan Supreme Court to rule on minimum wage, sick leave

GOP lawmakers want Michigan Supreme Court to rule on minimum wage, sick leave

February 19, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

A request from the Republican-majority Legislature would sidestep the traditional litigation process, and do an end-run around Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Attorney General Dana Nessel may review Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws

Attorney General Dana Nessel may review Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws

February 13, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said she may review Michigan lame-duck laws that gutted citizen proposals to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave. Her stance could produce a high-impact legal showdown with Republicans. 

Snyder signs bills that weaken Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws

Snyder signs bills that weaken Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws

December 14, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The term-limited Republican governor said he agreed with the GOP Legislature that the original laws passed earlier this year would harm economic progress in Michigan. Advocates for workers vowed a lawsuit.

Opinion | Gutting paid sick leave disrespects voters, undermines democracy

Opinion | Gutting paid sick leave disrespects voters, undermines democracy

December 4, 2018 | Yousef Rabhi

The Republican majority in the Michigan Legislature approved paid sick leave in September to keep it off the ballot. Three months later, they’re hollowing it out.

Michigan House poised to dismantle Michigan sick leave, minimum wage laws

Michigan House poised to dismantle Michigan sick leave, minimum wage laws

December 4, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The House may vote as soon as Tuesday afternoon on bills that would largely gut citizen-pushed laws to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to offer paid sick leave. Gov. Rick Snyder hasn’t said if he will sign.

Michigan minimum wage, sick leave bills dismantled. Will Gov. Snyder sign?

Michigan minimum wage, sick leave bills dismantled. Will Gov. Snyder sign?

December 4, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The bills passed Tuesday in the House gut laws to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to offer paid sick leave. One prominent lawmaker says governor has promised to sign the bills.

Group behind Michigan paid sick leave vows 2020 ballot drive if law gutted

Group behind Michigan paid sick leave vows 2020 ballot drive if law gutted

December 3, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The group that spearheaded the state’s new paid sick leave law says it believes the arrival of Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer — and her veto pen — in January will help its chances of making the ballot in 2020.

Michigan Senate scales back minimum wage, sick leave laws in ‘dark of night’

Michigan Senate scales back minimum wage, sick leave laws in ‘dark of night’

November 28, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan senators approved major changes to two citizen-backed laws that would increase worker pay and benefits, hours after presenting the changes to the public. Critics say the move leaves the public in the dark.

Michigan Republicans aim to soften minimum wage, sick leave in lame duck

Michigan Republicans aim to soften minimum wage, sick leave in lame duck

November 27, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Changes are likely to the citizen-initiated laws the Republican Legislature passed in September. Proponents of the changes say they’re critical to protect small business. Opponents say they violate the will of the people.

Opinion | Healthy workers will keep the Michigan economy growing

Opinion | Healthy workers will keep the Michigan economy growing

October 31, 2018 | Ali Ramlawi

Paid sick leave helps workers AND the economy. Don’t let the Legislature gut the new paid leave law, begs a restaurant owner.

Paid sick leave law making some Michigan businesses feel queasy

Paid sick leave law making some Michigan businesses feel queasy

October 18, 2018 | Ron French

A Traverse City nonprofit working with the disabled said it barely scrapes by. If it has to pay workers while they are out ill, the group’s director says it may have to cut services to survive.

Michigan Legislature passes minimum wage, paid sick leave bills to avert ballot

Michigan Legislature passes minimum wage, paid sick leave bills to avert ballot

September 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Republican-led legislature could be in for a legal fight if they try to blunt or kill these measures after the November election. Democrats accuse GOP of foiling the will of voters by keeping measures off ballot.  

Michigan voters to decide paid sick leave issue in fall. Minimum wage effort stalled.

Michigan voters to decide paid sick leave issue in fall. Minimum wage effort stalled.

July 27, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

State canvassers on Friday voted to certify a ballot proposal for November to require employers to offer paid sick leave, but deadlocked on another to raise the minimum wage.

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