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Michigan: Court Upholds Existing Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Laws

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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, which took effect immediately, prevents the minimum wage from increasing and keeps current wage and sick leave benefit requirements intact.

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 was 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.

The decision will likely be appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court, but for now, the minimum wage will remain at $10.10 and at $3.84 for tipped employees. Employers will not be required to increase their minimum wages or expand their paid sick leave policies.

You can read more about the history of this case in the below link:

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