Paid Sick Leave

On Dec. 13, 2018, Governor Snyder approved a paid medical leave law that takes effect on March 29, 2019, and revises a previously enacted earned sick time law that had an April 1, 2019, effective date and was included in the Oct. 3, 2018, edition of Compliance Corner.

As background, the legislature adopted the initiative petition creating an Earned Sick Time Act on Sept. 5, 2018, enacting it as Public Act 338 of 2018. Senate Bill 1175 (now Public Act 369 of 2018) would amend Public Act 338’s provisions prior to its effective date.

The new law revises the original law's provisions by exempting more employers, lowering the leave accrual and use requirements, and repealing employees' ability to sue employers for violations.

Specifically, among other things, the bill would amend the Earned Sick Time Act to do all of the following:

  • Rename the Act the Paid Medical Leave Act.
  • Lower the number of hours that could generally be accrued from 72 to 40, and provide that an eligible employee could accrue one hour for every 35 hours worked, instead of one for every 30.
  • Limit the application of the law to employers with 50 or more employees.
  • Eliminate relatives of a domestic partner from the list of qualifying family members for whom the employee could use paid medical leave time.

As for takeaways for employers, the law takes effect in March of this year and employers should be mindful of upcoming compliance requirements. Additional guidance will likely be forthcoming. Ultimately, employers that have employees in Michigan will want to work with outside counsel to incorporate the new requirements into their overall leave policy.

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