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Update on Michigan’s Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Laws

The Michigan Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s ruling that would have raised the state minimum wage and expanded the paid sick leave law in February 2023. The decision took effect immediately. As a result, employers have avoided significant changes that might have taken effect as early as February 19.

The Court of Appeals ruled that the 2018 amendments the state legislature made to the citizen initiatives for increased minimum wage and paid sick leave were constitutional and that the legislature did have the authority to adopt a pair of petition initiatives and amend their respective policies, instead of having the initiatives go to the ballot in November 2018.

Next Steps for Employers

The current versions of the laws will remain in place for now. However, the decision will likely be appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court, but for now, the minimum wage will remain at $10.10 per hour and at $3.84 per hour for tipped employees. As a result, employers will not be required to increase their minimum wages or expand their paid sick leave policies.

HR Works will continue to monitor this topic and provide updated information as it becomes available.

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