Wednesday, February 29, 2012

More Idiocy in Michigan

I breathed a sigh of relief this morning knowing that I am safe from Presidential Primary commercials and robocalls for at least a few months.  It was a relief that was short-lived.

Alas, I opened my email to find that our State Legislators are at their shenanigans again.  I guess they are worried that not enough people will get out during election time and vote for them.  So, they are proposing paid time off so that folks can vote. 

Oh, let's make this a 'right to work' state.  Who cares about worker's rights and protections? 

Let's take away health care for public employees.  After all, they are all overpaid anyway.  The only ones earning their wages are our elected officials in Lansing.  Or so those morons believe.

Here is the text of the proposed legislation.  Notice the ability to collect damages if you are denied your leave.


February 21, 2012, Introduced by Reps. Oakes, Dillon, Kandrevas, Santana, Jackson, Tlaib,
Brown, Hobbs and Lipton and referred to the Committee on Commerce.

A bill to require employers to provide paid leave for employees to vote; to provide the conditions for granting the leave; to prohibit discrimination against employees who request or use the leave; and to provide for remedies for a violation of the act.

Sec. 1. (1) This act shall be known and may be cited as the "voting leave act".
(2) As used in this act:
(a) "Election" means an election regulated under the election  law, 1954 PA 116, MCL 168.1 to 168.992.
(b) "Employee" does not include an independent contractor, a domestic servant employed in or about a private home, or a farm or ranch laborer.
(c) "Employer" means an individual or entity, including this State and all political subdivisions of this state, that regularly employs 50 or more full-time employees.
(3) Subject to subsections (4) and (5), an employer shall allow each of his or her employees to request and take paid leave, not to exceed 3 hours for each election day, for the purpose of voting in an election.
(4) An employee shall provide the employer with notice of the intent to use leave under this act 7 or more days in advance of the election day.
(5) An employer may deny use of leave requested under this act only if granting the leave would endanger the public safety or welfare.
Sec. 2. (1) An employer shall not discharge, threaten, or otherwise discriminate against an employee regarding the employee's compensation, or the terms, conditions, location, or privileges of
employment because the employee requests or takes leave under this act.
(2) An employee may bring a civil action against an employer who violates the employee's rights under this act and may recover the greater of the employee's actual damages or $2,500.00 for each

1 comment:

  1. A clerk in Western Michigan has suggested that she and her employees just close down the office for three hours and let the election run itself. lol


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