HOUSE BILL NO. 5918
June 25, 2020, Introduced by Rep. Sabo and
referred to the Committee on Commerce and Tourism.
June 25, 2020, Introduced by Rep. Sabo and referred to the Committee on Commerce and Tourism.
the people of the state of michigan enact:
(a) "Employee" means an individual who receives compensation for performing services for an employer under an express or implied contract of hire.
(b) "Employer" means an individual or entity that employs 1 or more employees. Employer does not include this state, an agency of this state, or a political subdivision of this state.
Sec. 5. An employer that offers or contributes to health insurance coverage for its employees shall not require an employee who opts out of the health insurance coverage, or the employee's spouse or dependent, to participate in an exit interview or exit program as a condition of receiving a benefit the employer offers to employees who opt out of the health insurance coverage.
Sec. 7. (1) An employer that violates or threatens or attempts to violate section 5 is liable to an employee affected by the violation, threat, or attempt for damages equal to the opt-out benefit that the employee did receive or would have received. An employee affected by the violation, threat, or attempt may bring a civil action for damages or injunctive relief, or both. In addition, a court shall award court costs and reasonable attorney fees to an employee who prevails in an action brought under this subsection.
(2) The attorney general may bring an action under subsection (1) on behalf of 1 or more employees affected by a violation or threatened or attempted violation of section 5.