Michigan Chamber Of Commerce Applauds House Passage Of Legislation To Preempt Local Employment Law Ordinances

May 21, 2015

LANSING, Mich., May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement by Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley regarding legislation passed by the Michigan House (House Bill 4052) yesterday to prevent regulatory overreach by prohibiting local government from enacting certain types of employment law ordinances.

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is a statewide business organization representing approximately 6,600 employers, trade associations and local chambers of commerce. The Michigan Chamber represents businesses of every size and type in all 83 counties of the state. The Michigan Chamber was established in 1959 to be an advocate for Michigan's job providers in the legislative, political and legal process.

"House Bill 4052 will preempt local employment law ordinances that overlap, duplicate or conflict with state and federal labor laws. Local control is not a grant of unlimited authority to cities and townships to over regulate businesses involved in intrastate commerce."

"The legislation reaffirms the authority of state government to govern private sector employers' relations with their employees."

"The Michigan Chamber worked with the bill sponsor and others on an amendment to clarify that the bill does not override local ordinances prohibiting employment discrimination in the workplace, as this was never the intent of the bill."

"The Michigan Chamber's support for HB 4052 is not about whether employers should offer a fair wage, leave time or any other particular benefit. Rather, for us, this bill is about who should make these decisions. We support HB 4052 because Michigan's 1,800-plus local units of government should not hold unlimited power to enact inflexible, burdensome and job-killing employment regulations. These mandates significantly deter economic development and ultimately negatively impact our state's overall economic competitiveness."

The Michigan Chamber is a statewide business organization representing approximately 6,700 employers, trade associations and local chambers of commerce. The Michigan Chamber represents businesses of every size and type in all 83 counties of the state. Michigan Chamber member businesses provide jobs to 1.5 million residents. One of every 2.6 employees in Michigan works for a Chamber member firm. The Michigan Chamber was established in 1959 to be an advocate for Michigan's job providers in the legislative, political and legal process.

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SOURCE Michigan Chamber of Commerce

For further information: Wendy Block, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, (517) 371-2100


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