The Senate is working on a package of bills allowing local governments to set certain employment standards such as minimum wage and benefits. The two bills were introduced by Senator Sean McCann (D-Kalamazoo) in March and last week were reported by the Senate Labor Committee.
- Repeals a 2011 Act banning a local government from requiring the use of organized labor for the construction or demolition of a building owned by the governmental entity.
- Repeals a 2015 Act prohibiting a local government from setting employment requirements for nonpublic employees. This includes setting a minimum wage higher than the state’s minimum wage and setting standards for benefits, hours, or employee scheduling.
- The two bills were referred to the Senate Committee of the Whole for further consideration.