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New sick leave initiative coming to Michigan

Beginning on March 29, 2019, some Michigan employers will be required to provide eligible employees paid medical leave under the recently enacted Paid Medical Leave Act (PMLA) of 2018.

Under this law, employees who work for companies that employ 50 or more individuals can earn and accrue paid time off to attend to personal or family medical, domestic violence or sexual assault needs. Employees may carry over up to 40 hours of paid time off one year into the next, unless the employer makes all 40 hours available at the start of the year.

Eligible employees are allowed to earn up to 40 hours of paid time off per year and accrue one hour for every 35 hours worked. If employees are already allowed paid time off through PTO, vacation, paid personal day, or other paid time off, it is understood that the paid time off provision is met.

Eligible employees include full and part-time employees who worked more than 25 weeks in the previous calendar year and at least 25 hours per week. Exceptions are made for employees in certain classifications, such as administration, professional and executive, who are otherwise exempt from overtime.

Employees are still required to follow the employer’s standard procedures for requesting leave, but employers must allow employees at least three days to provide written documents.

Leave must be used in 1-hour increments unless the employer has a different increment policy in writing in an Employee Handbook or other benefit document. Employers are also required to display posters in the workplace, outlining employee rights and responsibilities as it relates to PMLA.

If you have any questions, please contact your Rehmann advisor.

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