On Friday, July 29, Court of Claims Judge Douglas Shapiro granted a stay of his ruling in Mothering Justice vs. Dana Nessel until February 2023.
The decision in Mothering – issued on July 19 – found that the Legislature violated the constitution when in 2018 it amended two citizen initiatives. One initiative would raise the minimum wage to $12 per hour over a period of years with an inflation adjustment in place once the maximum was reached. It would also eliminate the lower tipped minimum wage. A separate initiative would allow employees to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked up to a maximum of 72 hours per year.
The purpose of the stay granted by Judge Shapiro is to give employers time to implement the necessary changes to comply with the new laws.