WJRT ABC TV 12 (Flint): Paid sick leave bill back on the table


A press release from the senator’s office reads, “According to a 2016 analysis done by the Michigan League for Public Policy, more than 1.7 million Michigan workers — about 44 percent — cannot take time of if they or a family member are ill.”

For small businesses the minimum threshold will be 40 paid sick hours per year, and for larger businesses a minimum threshold of 70 paid sick hours per year.

Workers in a handful of states and Washington, D.C. have sick leave laws. Some policy analysts, like Peter Ruark with the Michigan League for Public Policy, cite Connecticut as a model.

“Business groups in Connecticut had strongly opposed their earned sick leave law. 40% of employers were supportive of it after the law took effect, and another 37 were somewhat supportive of it,” Ruark said.

He continued, “Michigan residents are on the side of earned sick leave. There was a couple of years ago that showed — get this — showed that 86% of Michigan voters agree that Michigan workers should be able to earn sick days.” March 1, 2017 — WJRT ABC TV 12