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Governor Seeks Change to Overtime Pay Rights

Oct 25, 2019

The threshold for those given overtime pay rights would increase under a proposal by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and it has gained national attention.  Currently, those working in an executive, administrative, or professional capacity making $23,660 annually must receive overtime pay. Beginning on January 1, 2020, federal law will increase the threshold to $35,500 annually. However, […]

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Legislation Seeks to Increase Employment Opportunities

Oct 25, 2019

A bipartisan package was introduced with the goal of increasing employment opportunities for those with disabilities. Introduced by Representative Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) and Representative Steve Marino (R-Harrison Twp.), the bills would allow employers to apply for up to $1,000 to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. The plan creates the “Centralized Reasonable Accommodations Act,” […]

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Predicative Scheduling Legislation Introduced

Sep 27, 2019

Representative Kara Hope (D-Holt) introduced legislation that places requirements on employers to provide information on future work schedules. Known as “predictive scheduling,” under the legislation an employer would have to provide work schedules at least 14-days in advance. Once posted, any changes need to occur with advance notice and the employee can decline any work […]

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Lt. Governor Launches Going PRO

May 24, 2019

On Monday, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist launched the Going PRO campaign to promote the importance of professional trade careers with the aim of addressing the state’s high-skilled labor shortage. It’s estimated that through 2026 Michigan employers will need to fill 545,000 skilled-labor jobs. Michigan businesses have been vocal over the past few years about the […]

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Tax Credit for Hiring Unemployed Workers

Feb 15, 2019

Small businesses that hire an employee who has been out of work for 60 days or more would be eligible for a tax credit under legislation introduced this week. Bill sponsor, Representative Kevin Coleman (D-Westland) believe the tax credit would help tackle unemployment by incentivizing businesses to seek workers who have been unsuccessful in long-term […]

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Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time Changes Headed to the Governor

Dec 07, 2018

This week the House passed, and the Senate approved, changes to Michigan’s minimum wage and paid sick time laws. The two citizens’ initiatives were headed for the ballot when the legislature voted to approve of both earlier this fall. If they hadn’t acted the two initiatives would have been placed on the General Election ballot. […]

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Senate Amends Minimum Wage Proposal

Nov 30, 2018

This week the Senate voted to make changes to the state’s minimum wage. In September, the House and Senate voted to approve of two citizen’s initiatives; one of them being an increase to the state’s minimum wage for both tipped and non-tipped employees. “Because the Senate voted to adopt the measure they only needed a […]

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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 […]

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