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United Against Benefit Mandates Coalition

Mandating paid leave benefits: costly for employers, employees

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The United Against Workplace Mandates Coalition opposes the creation of a massive one-size-fits-all state administered paid leave mandate financed by a new $1-1.5 billion payroll tax on every worker and business in Michigan.


Under the proposed “Michigan Family Leave Optimal Coverage Benefits Act”, employees would be permitted up to 15 weeks of paid, intermittent leave. The proposal would impact every Michigan employer and employee, moving leave decisions from HR experts to state bureaucrats.


Employers are in the best position to design benefit packages that serve the distinct needs of their businesses and employees. Michigan employers compete for workers every day and consistently receive national recognition for providing some of the best places to work. If the state mandates expansive new benefits without regard for their relevance to the employer and its workforce, costs will go up. The results are reduced staff and job opportunities, hours or both –hurting workers and their families.

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  • Make Michigan competitive in the fight for recruiting top talent

  • Understand that Michigan companies know which benefits they can afford and their employees want

  • Avoid big government mandates on job providers already facing labor shortages, supply chain difficulties and inflation and hurt who they claim to help -- the workers

  • Protect gains made since the pandemic wreaked havoc on our economy

  • Stop government programs that are likely to result in fraud 

The United Against Workplace Mandates Coalition is united around a common set of principles:

United Against Workplace Mandates Coalition


ABC Michigan

Barry County Chamber and Economic Development Alliance

Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce

Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

Big I Michigan 


Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland

Business Leaders for Michigan 

Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce


Detroit Regional Chamber

Fifth Level Hospitality

Foundry Association of Michigan

Fresh Perspective Home Care

Gosen Tool and Machine

Grand Rapids Chamber

Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce

Greater Niles Chamber


HighPoint Electric

Home Builders Association of Livingston County

Home Builders Association of Michigan

Jackson County Chamber of Commerce

Jude's Barbershop

Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

Michigan Agri-Business Association

Michigan Association of Convenience Stores

Michigan Bankers Association

Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Michigan Ground Water Association

Michigan Nursey & Landscape Association

Michigan Soft Drink Association

Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce

Michigan Licensed Beverage Association

Michigan Manufacturers Association

Michigan Petroleum Association

Michigan Retailers Association 

Midland Business Alliance | Chamber of Commerce

National Federation of Independent Business

Noble Films Corp.

Nu-Wool Co. Inc.

Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce

Potato Growers of Michigan, Inc

Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery

Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce

Small Business Association of Michigan

South Haven Chamber of Commerce

Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber

Telecommunications Association of Michigan

Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce

West Michigan Policy Forum

Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce

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The legislation 


Senate Bills: SB 332 and SB 333

House Bills: HB 4574 and HB 4575

Coalition Letter to the Legislature

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