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Gov’t Affairs News: Supreme Court changes, budgets and more

Michigan Supreme Court changes

The past two months have seen a number of changes to the makeup of the Michigan Supreme Court. Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday named Court of Appeals Judge Kurtis Wilder to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Retailers Insurance Safety Tips

Retailers Insurance Company is a Michigan-based insurer established by Michigan Retailers Association. Currently, Retailers Insurance provides workers’ compensation insurance and group dental insurance to Michigan businesses of all types and sizes.

Gov’t Affairs News: snack restrictions, liquor license rules, and opioids

Sugar-sweetened beverage and snack waiver defeated

As the legislature moves closer to finalizing the budget, language added to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) budget attracted some concern from retailers but has since been removed.

Membership Services Corner

by Ally Nemetz, Director, Customer Service and Data Administration

Quick notes on key services. Call 800.563.5981 for credit card processing assistance or 800.366.3699 for other matters.

What the law says about employee lunch, breaks

by William J. Hallan, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel

You might be surprised to learn that but for a few exceptions, Michigan employers are not required to provide meal or rest periods to their employees.

Gov’t Affairs News: potential tax increases, pre-Labor Day school start and more

Legislation to discourage property tax appeals reintroduced

Legislation creating an unfair property tax appeals system that would increase the cost and length of the appeals process was reintroduced on March 22.

Gov’t Affairs News: gas station skimmers, drone task force and more

Gas station credit card skimmer legislation reintroduced

Legislation to require certain security measures to combat credit card skimmers on motor fuel pumps was introduced as SB 228 on March 9.

Protect against ice-related falls

Winter time in Michigan creates numerous seasonal hazards for individuals, especially the risk of falling due to icy conditions.

According to Michigan’s hospital surveillance data, 60 workers were hospitalized in 2014 and 54 in 2015 after falling on the ice at work.

New rule requiring public reporting of work injuries – nudge or public shaming?

Many Michigan businesses will be required as soon as July 1 to start using a new, online system to report their companies’ work-related injury and illness records to the public.

Gov’t Affairs News: Paid sick leave, Medicaid and more

Democrats renew push for paid sick leave

At a press conference on Wednesday, legislators called for Michigan to adopt earned paid sick leave regulations. The legislation, introduced yesterday as HB 4307 and SB 212,