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Michigan’s Right-to-Work law effective February 13, 2024

December 1, 2023

The Michigan legislature became the first state in almost 60 years to repeal its right-to-work law earlier this year. However, in doing so, the initiative did not have sufficient support to allow the repeal to be immediately effective. Most thought the repeal would not be effective until approximately March 30, 2024.  We now know it will be effective six weeks sooner than originally thought.

Specifically, under Michigan law, when legislation does not have sufficient votes for immediate effect, it does not go into effect until 91 days after the end of the legislative session . . . or sine die adjournment. Historically, since the legislature normally works until the end of the year, that means that legislation not given immediate effect is not effective until the end of March, the year following that legislative session. However, the Michigan Legislature recently passed a concurrent resolution to adjourn for the year on Nov. 14.

Bills without immediate effect will now be effective approximately six weeks earlier than expected. The repeal will likely be effective on February 13, 2024, instead of March 30, 2024, as previously anticipated.

Source:  Barnes & Thornburg LLP  11/13/23


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