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Ruling on Minimum Wage and Paid Medical Leave
Wage & Hour Statement Regarding Impact of Court of Claims Ruling on Minimum Wage and Paid Medical Leave
On July 19, 2022, the Michigan Court of Claims issued a decision that voided the as amended versions of the Michigan Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act, MCL 408.931 et seq. and the Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act MCL 408.961 et seq. (the amended version changed the name in the 2018 initiative from Earned Sick Time Act).
This decision as it stands would increase the current minimum wage in Michigan as well as expand the eligibility, accrual, and use of paid sick leave, among other benefits for Michigan’s working people. This will mean changes for businesses, and they will need to determine how to comply.
On July 29, 2022, the Court of Claims entered an order staying the effect of this decision until February 19, 2023, to give employers and the relevant state agencies time to accommodate the changes required by the ruling.
We understand residents want clarity on these issues, but this litigation is fluid, and we will update this webpage accordingly as the situation continues to develop.