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Municipal Law News

December 15, 2022

In this issue:



   Distressed Employer on the Clock   

Coming in 2023: Big Changes to Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave

Anthony M. Dalimonte

This past year brought about significant changes to Michigan employment law, especially in regards to minimum wage and paid sick leave.

In 2022, the Michigan Court of Claims reinstated Michigan’s original Improved Workforce Opportunity Act (IWOWA) and Earned Sick Time Act (ESTA), ruling that the adopt and amend tactic used to pass the Paid Medical Leave Act were unconstitutional under Michigan’s Constitution. This ruling immediately voided the Paid Medical Leave Act and the amended version of the IWOWA, reinstating all provisions of the 2018 IWOWA and ESTA.

The Court of Appeals did issue a stay until February 20, 2023. So what does this mean for employers moving forward?

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   Year End Budgeting   

Year End Budgeting and Other Best Practices for Businesses

Foster Swift Business & Tax Law Group

As 2022 comes to a close, every company and business should review certain essential elements for a smooth transition to 2023. It’s easy to get busy and overlook any of these practical steps, but failure to do so can result in unforeseen costs and risks in the coming year...

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What Employers Need to Know for 2023

Foster Swift's recent Fall 2022 Labor & Employment Law Update discussed major issues and developments that your company needs to address now. The webinar's PowerPoint slides and the recording of the presentation has been broken up by topic into the following links below to view or share at your convenience.

What Employers Need to Know for 2023:




Court Rules Defendants Did Not Violate OMA

In an opinion, the Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the defendants in a dispute involving the Open Meetings Act (OMA). At a June 28, 2021 meeting, the defendants placed a written sign at the entrance to the meeting, providing that attendees should fill out the form if they desired to address the Board.

While the plaintiff and their three affiants asserted that they were uncomfortable with filling out the form, the Court found that the signage and the form met requirements and did not equate to a violation of the OMA. See the full opinion here.




Court of Appeals Upholds Township's Marihuana Ordinance

In a November 2022 opinion, the Court of Appeals upheld a township's marihuana ordinance and competitive selection process. Under the defendant's (township) ordinance, the plaintiff applied to be the sole business selling marijuana within defendant's boundary. One other business also applied, and the township board scored unanimously that the other business was a more qualified candidate than the plaintiff and awarded the license to the other business.

The plaintiff sued, alleging the township's license award to the other business was improper. See the full opinion here.




Resources to Assist You in 2023

Litigation Series Focuses on the Ins & Outs of Lawsuits:

Corporate Transparency Act (CTA):

  • CTA Resource Page
    • Stay tuned for big updates coming in January 2023!
    • The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) is set to dramatically change reporting requirements for many small and medium-sized businesses and organizations with possible monetary and criminal penalties for noncompliance.



Save the Date: Michigan Township Association Conference

April 17-20, 2023

Join us UP North as the 2023 Michigan Township Association Conference is coming to the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme Township on April 17-20, 2023! A number of Foster Swift attorneys will be presenting at the conference as well as at our annual conference Business Solutions Session luncheon. 

Stay tuned as we will provide more details as they become available.







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