The collapse of the local furniture chain has prompted efforts to make Michigan a second state to guarantee the retirement of workers who lose their jobs when employers shrink or close doors completely. ..

State Assembly member Advdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) will introduce a revised version of the 2019 bill on Wednesday that requires employees subject to mass dismissals, including bankruptcy, to receive a week-long severance pay each year.

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This measure follows the end of Art Van Furniture, a Warren-based chain that closed last year. A related bill package introduced last week to help workers includes a minimum wage of $ 15 and mandatory meal breaks and childcare support.

Second trial

Hammoud’s first severance pay did not progress. Two years later, the pandemic raised awareness of front-line workers, but as a Republican-controlled state legislature bill, the bill will still face tough challenges.