No Paid Leave Mandate on the Ballot This Fall!

Date: June 13, 2016

Efforts by Labor unions and anti-employer progressive front
groups to put a mandated paid leave proposal on the Michigan statewide ballot
this fall have failed and for the first time in nearly three decades there will
be NO statewide initiated ballot proposals on the 2016 ballot this fall.

Since most of the ballot proposals that were likely to
appear on the ballot this fall were bad for small business, their failure to
collect the required amount of signatures is seen as a win for Michigan
business owners.

Any possibility of an initiated proposal getting on the
ballot was dealt a death blow by the Governor signing legislation into law this
year that made it official that petition signatures for a ballot proposal must
be collected within a 180 day period in order to be considered valid. Prior to
this law, there was a possibility that signatures outside the 180 day window
could be considered valid if petitioners went through a process to prove they
should still be considered valid. The new law closed the door on that
possibility and made the 180 day window a strict requirement and the only way
collected signatures could be counted.

As a result, a number of potential ballot proposals –
including mandating paid leave, banning fracking and liberalizing marijuana
laws will not be on the ballot this fall.

If the paid leave proposal would have made the ballot and
been approved by voters, Michigan would have had one of the most stringent
paid sick leave employer mandates in the country. Under the proposal, any
business with 10 or more employees would have been required to provide 1 hour
of paid leave for every 30 hours worked and employees could use up to 72 hours
of paid leave every year and they could do so in 15 minute increments at a
time.

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