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Published: Jul 13, 2023

State Amends Civil Rights Act to Include Abortion Protections

State Amends Civil Rights Act to Include Abortion Protections
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Update Effective: March 31, 2024

On May 17, 2023, Governor Whitmer signed a new law amending the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (“ELCRA”) and expanded workplace protections against discrimination of employee’s right in their decision to have an abortion.

Prior to the amendment, protections were only offered if the abortion was to “save the life of the mother”, however, that qualification has been eliminated and protections are offered to anyone (regardless of sex) who elects to have an abortion for any medical or personal reasons.

Employers should review and revise their anti-discrimination policies to ensure they are updated to reflect the expanded law.

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Published: Apr 13, 2023

Michigan's Civil Rights Act Amended to Include LGBTQ+ Protections

Michigan's Civil Rights Act Amended to Include LGBTQ+ Protections
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Update Effective: 90 days after the bill’s March 16, 2023 enactment

Governor Whitmer has passed a bill which expands the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to include protected classes for sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Unlike federal law under Title VII, this change outlines that discrimination claims can be filed without employees being required to exhaust their administrative remedies. Additionally, the bill will allow supervisors to be held personally liable for discrimination. Employers should review their current policies and ensure they comply with the new state protections.

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Published: Aug 12, 2022

Michigan Supreme Court Expands Protections for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Michigan Supreme Court Expands Protections for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
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Update Effective: Immediately

The Michigan Supreme Court recently ruled that the definition of sex, a protected trait under the state’s antidiscrimination statutes, includes sexual orientation and gender identity. This ruling expands protections to employees working for all employers, regardless of size.

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Published: Nov 12, 2020

Protections for Workers with COVID-19 Exposure

Protections for Workers with COVID-19 Exposure
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Update Effective: Immediately

Last month, Michigan passed a few laws regarding workplace exposure to COVID-19. Among other new requirements, employers are prohibited from taking adverse action against covered workers who do not report to work due to COVID-19 exposure, symptoms, or a positive test result. The law goes into effect immediately and is retroactive to March 1, 2020.

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Published: Mar 30, 2019

Minimum Wage Increases in Michigan

Minimum Wage Increases in Michigan
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Update Effective: March 29, 2019

After much back and forth in the Michigan Legislature, minimum wage in Michigan will increase to $9.45 on March 29.

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Published: Mar 30, 2019

Michigan Earned Sick Leave Act

Michigan Earned Sick Leave Act
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Update Effective: April 1, 2019

Certain employers will have to allow eligible employees working in Michigan to accrue one hour of earned sick time per 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 72 hours of earned sick time per year.

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