Governor Snyder Signs Local Preemption Legislation

Governor Snyder Signs Local Preemption Legislation

Polk & Associates CPAGovernor Snyder Signs Local Preemption Legislation

Article originally published in Michigan Manufacturers Association site. To read the entire article click here.

Manufacturers applauded a clear victory for the industry on 6/30/15 as Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Public Act 105 of 2015, sponsored by Representative Earl Poleski (R-Jackson), which is designed to help restrict a burdensome patchwork of regulations limiting manufacturing growth.

“The Michigan Legislature heard from manufacturers across Michigan that one-size-fits-all employment mandates interfere with decisions best kept between employers and workers,” said Delaney McKinley, MMA director of human resource policy and membership development.

Under PA 105 of 2015, after 12/31/14, local governmental bodies are prohibited from

  • Requiring a private employer to pay a wage higher than the state minimum hourly wage rate
  • Mandating paid or unpaid leave time
  • Interfering in how private employers handle strike activity or means by which employees may organize
  • Requiring any specific fringe benefit for which a private employer would incur an expense
  • Creating administrative or judicial remedies for wage, hour or benefit disputes
  • Regulating the information a private employer must request, require or exclude from job applications
  • Requiring a private employer to pay a prevailing wage
  • Regulating hours and scheduling
  • Forcing apprenticeships and training beyond that required by state or federal law

Local governmental bodies would still maintain the ability to set employment restrictions for their vendors, for their own employees and in connection with the receipt of a grant, tax abatement or tax credit.

“This law reflects a tremendous amount of time and effort spent balancing the rights of employers to manage their workplace with the need for local control,” said McKinley. “The end product protects the competitive interests of employers while allowing communities to respond to local needs.”

State Senate Passes Local Preemption Legislation

MMA-supported legislation to combat a growing trend of employment mandates passed by local municipalities sped through a Senate panel and received approval from the full chamber last week.

“The Michigan Legislature heard from manufacturers across Michigan that one-size-fits-all mandates interfere with decisions best kept between employers and workers,” said Delaney McKinley, MMA director of human resource policy and membership development.

House Bill 4052, introduced by Representative Earl Poleski (R-Jackson), passed 22-16 in the Senate and will help restrict a burdensome patchwork of regulations that limit manufacturing growth. The bill will return to the House this week for concurrence before moving to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.

“These mandates create a hodgepodge of disparate requirements that harm businesses that manage multiple facilities across the state,” said McKinley. “By taking preemptive action again these restrictive regulations, the growth of Michigan manufacturing can continue unimpeded.”

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