March 2023: Michigan Legislature Passes Amendment to Protect LGBTQ Rights

21 Mar


Update Applicable to:
All employers in the state of Michigan.

What happened?
In a previous communication, we notified you that the Michigan State Senate voted to increase workplace protections for members of the LGBTQ community by passing Senate Bill 4 (SB 4). This is an update for that communication.

What are the details?
On March 8, 2023, the Michigan House of Representatives passed SB 4, expanding the language of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA)’s protected categories to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression as prohibited categories for discrimination.

The amendment defines “gender identity or expression” as “having or being perceived as having a gender-related self-identity or expression, whether or not associated with an individual’s assigned sex at birth.” Sexual orientation “means having an orientation for heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality or having a history of such an orientation or being identified with such an orientation.”

As of March 14, 2023, the bill is awaiting the governor’s signature. The new bill will go into effect 90 days from signage.

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For more information, please see the links below:

Senate Bill 4 (SB 4)

Previous Vensure Communication (March 8, 2023)


What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links provided above and should be on the lookout for any more news regarding this new bill. Vensure will continue to provide more updates once more news has been received.

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