Detroit Evening Report, July 22, 2022: Court of Claims asked to wait on enacting paid leave, minimum wage decisions

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The Michigan Court of Claims is being asked to delay orders to boost the state’s minimum wage and require employers to provide earned sick leave. The rulings say the Legislature violated the State Constitution by adopting and then changing two petition-initiated laws in 2018. Otherwise, the initiatives would have gone to the ballot.

Mark Brewer is an attorney who filed the challenge. He says the enacting the decisions should not wait.

“For three and a half years, every Michigan worker has been denied their right to earned paid sick time. For that same period, many Michigan workers have been denied an overdue increase in the minimum wage.”

The increase to $12 an hour is supposed to take effect in early August.

A spokesman for the Small Business Association of Michigan says the decision should be put on hold while the case is appealed.

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