Current Issues



Proposal Summaries

Michigan's Time to Care (Paid Sick Leave)

  • Requires a company to provide 72 hours of paid earned sick time (one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked)
  • Small businesses with fewer than 10 employees would have to provide 40 hours paid sick leave and up to 32 hours of unpaid sick leave
  • Only federal employees are exempt meaning all employers including state and local government, private, non-profits, churches, agriculture and more  will be required to comply with the policy
  • This legislation includes part-time employees
  • Sick leave can be used for a wide and potentially unrestricted list of reasons, including for care of any person related by blood “or affinity” – a vague regulatory term
  • No proof (i.e. doctors note) is required to take sick leave; liability lies with the employer
  • Does not require notice of employer prior to use of paid sick time
  • Empowers state bureaucrats with new investigatory and regulatory authority including civils penalties.

 One Fair Wage (Minimum Wage)        

  • Increase Michigan's minimum wage to $12.00/hour by 2022.
  •  Eliminate Michigan's tipped wage to match minimum wage by 2024.



  The MGCA joins the Small Business for a Better Michigan coalition to support Legislative Adoption of the MI Time to Care ballot proposal”

Understanding that the MGCA opposes any increase in minimum wage, it has come to our attention through our alliance with SBAM that they  have formed the “Small Business for a Better Michigan” coalition to make sure that the MI Time to Care ballot proposal (Paid Sick Leave) does not leave the hands of elected policy makers. 

The strategy for the coalition is to have the legislators first adopt as law, and then amend in Lame Duck.

Read the one page summary here from the coalition.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Gov. signs bill preventing local food taxes
MGCOA is thrilled to share that Gov. Snyder signed HB 4999, the food tax preemption bill into law on Thursday, as Public Act 135 of 2017. The bill has immediate effect and prevents any local excise taxes or fees on the manufacture, distribution, or sale of food and beverages. Local units of government will not be able to follow in Cook County (Chicago) or Philadelphia’s footsteps and enact a local tax or fee on food or beverages, whether for immediate or non-immediate consumption. The legislation also ensures pet food and food for animals also remains local tax-free. The legislation is a big win for retailers who faced both implementation challenges and loss of revenue/foot traffic in other states where a local tax was added to food items. Next step: None. | MGCOA Position: Support.



 What are some of the gvernment affairs issues we have been involved in the last few month? Click here

11/23 UPDATE

Federal Judge Issue Injunction of FLSA Overtime Rule

Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has issued an injunction that delays the implementation of the DOL’s overtime rule. The judge ruled the Department of Justice overstepped their authority by raising salary cap below which all workers must receive overtime pay from $455 a week to $921 a week or $47,892 a year.

This was the key argument presented by the 21 states which joined the business groups, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce asking the court to consider a motion to issue a preliminary injunction that would halt the new regulation. Read More

Texas Judge issues Nationwide Injunction Against Obama's Overtime Rule

10/10 Come hear the Macinac Center for Public Policy at our MI Golf Business Confernece and Vendor Fair November 28-30, 2016 at the Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt. Pleasant, MI.


9/29 Update on Wahlberg Legislation

Representative Walberg's bill H.R. 6094 was voted on in the house last night at 10pm. It was passed on a vote of 246-177.

H.R. 6094 — "To provide for a 6-month delay in the effective date of a rule of the Department of Labor relating to income thresholds for determining overtime pay for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees." 

The bill now moves to the Senate where Sen. James Lankford (R-OKLA) Introduced "The Regulatory Relief for Small Business, Schools and Nonprofits Act".

The President has threatened to veto the legislation should it reach his desk.

Rep Schrader's bill has not been considered.

Will update as the bill moves through the Senate.



We can use all the help we can get. Please support Rep. Walberg's legislation


Did you know that as a MGCOA Member we have paid for your membership in the Small Business Association of Michigan?  There is a SBAM advocacy section that you can click here for more information on current issues

February 22, 2016

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