Efforts to implement more progressive policies as relates employment laws issues has shifted over the past several years to the ballot initiative process – and with a fair amount of success unfortunately. That trend appears to be continuing in a couple of recent examples. Recent polls indicate that a ballot initiative in Massachusetts that would authorize the imposition of a 4% surcharge on incomes over $1 million annually is enjoying broad and deep support within the electorate. According to the telephone poll, conducted by MassINC, 77% of the Massachusetts electorate is strongly or somewhat supportive of the surcharge while only 18% of voters oppose the measure. In just a few weeks, voters in the nation’s capital of Washington DC will go to the polls and decide on whether to allow restaurants to continue paying some workers the so-called tipped wage or whether every employee in the district should make the same minimum wage. Advocates for eliminating the tipped wage have used recent sexual harassment notoriety as one tool to encourage voters to eliminate the tipped wage, claiming the pay structure leads to sexual harassment of wait staff by customers. Initiative 77, which would eliminate the tipped wage, will go before voters on June 19. And in Michigan, a pending initiative likely moved forward this week as advocates submitted over 380,000 signatures in support of a paid sick leave mandate. The measure would require paid leave for employees across the state at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked up to 72 hours per year for employers with 10 or more workers and 40 hours annually for smaller businesses. It comes in the wake of a separate Michigan ballot initiative moving onto the November ballot to increase the state minimum wage to $12 per hour just last week.