In addition to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), some states have their own comprehensive family leave laws that may also require employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a serious illness.
While Michigan does not have a traditional state FMLA equivalent, on September 5, 2018, Michigan enacted the Earned Sick Time Act, requiring employers to provide employees with earned sick time for certain covered reasons. However, this somewhat expansive law was enacted largely in an effort to preempt the matter from being raised as a ballot issue in November 2018. For this reason, Michigan legislators announced that the law would be significantly amended before it took effect and that the scope of employers’ requirements would be revisited and reduced.
On December 13, 2018, the expected amendments came about in the form of a medical/sick leave hybrid, the Paid Medical Leave Act (2018 SB 1175; MCL 409.961 et seq.).
Detailed analysis of the new law is available.
For in-depth guidance on leave and other employment matters related to maternity and pregnancy:
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