All Michigan Workers Could Earn Paid Sick Days

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Michigan legislators have introduced a bill that would guarantee Michigan workers the right to earn paid sick days.

The bill says workers could earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours workers. For a full-time worker who works 40 hours per week, that’s five hours per month. In a year, a full-time worker that works 40 hours per week could earn 60 sick pay hours, or seven full 8-hour days, plus 4 hours.

For Michigan workers now, about 46 percent of the private sector workforce does not have paid sick days. That’s about 1.5 million Michigan workers.

More than 1.5 million Michigan workers — about 46 percent of the state’s private sector workforce — are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
The Michigan Restaurant Association does not agree with a bill that would set sick pay hours for Michigan as a whole. “We need to avoid prescriptive, one-size-fits-all mandates on private sector industries, like the restaurant industry, that have thrived without the added costs and intrusions of labor unions,” said Brian DeBano, Michigan Restaurant Association president and CEO.

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