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Five Stories That Matter in Michigan This Week – December 1, 2023

  1. Michigan Overhauls K-12 Evaluation Process

Governor Whitmer signed two bills into law (SB 395 & SB 396) on November 22, 2023, transforming the evaluation methods for teachers and school administrators in K-12 education.

Why it Matters: This new legislation substantially alters how teachers are evaluated, including streamlining rating categories, adjusting the evaluation criteria to prioritize teacher performance, and requiring educator participation in creating evaluation instruments.


  1. Governor Whitmer Signs Package of Clean Energy Bills

Earlier this week, Governor Whitmer signed a package of clean energy bills, including one that would require companies to make 100% of their energy through renewables such as solar and wind by 2040, and also seeks to reduce energy waste, among other objectives.

Why it Matters: Clean energy legislation is a major priority for Michigan Democrats but is opposed by Republicans and has received pushback from many business groups, who argue the legislation would increase energy costs.


  1. Cannabis Consumption Lounges Set for Detroit

The City of Detroit back in August announced its second round of recreational cannabis licenses, which included licenses for consumptions lounges. These lounges would be a place for adults 21 years or older to meet and safely consume cannabis that was legally purchased elsewhere.

Why it Matters: For some residents in Detroit, these consumption lounges can be the only safe and legal spot to consume cannabis. It is important to understand the rules and regulations tied to these lounges to ensure compliance.


  1. Michigan Minimum Wage Set for Increase for 2024

Michigan’s minimum wage is set to increase on January 1, 2024, per the Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act of 2018 which establishes the annual schedule of increases. The minimum hourly wage will increase to $10.33 per hour; the 85% rate for minors aged 16 and 17 will increase to $8.78 per hour; the tipped employee rate of hourly pay increases to $3.93 per hour; and the training wage of $4.25 per hour for newly hired employees ages 16 to 19 for their first 90 days of employment remains unchanged.

Why it Matters: As we approach the new year, t’s important to be aware of new laws, and changes to existing laws, that are set to take effect as of January 1, 2024. Contact us with any questions.


  1. Streamline Corporate Transparency Act Reporting with a FinCEN Identifier

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), announced and elaborated on the use and availability of FinCEN identifiers. Under this new guidance, FinCEN identifiers may be crucial for business owners, particularly for those managing multiple entities.

Why it Matters: A FinCEN identifier is a unique number assigned by FinCEN to individuals and reporting companies, streamlining the reporting process under the CTA. Businesses will need to be prepared come 2024 for the new reporting requirements. Learn more from your Fraser Trebilcock attorneys.

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Energy, Utilities & Telecommunication | Sean Gallagher
Cannabis Law | Sean Gallagher
Labor, Employment & Civil Rights | David Houston
Business & Tax | Robert Burgee