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11 Truths of Michigan Employment Law

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Running a business is half the battle. Ensuring your business complies with labor laws is another piece of the puzzle.

Michigan employment law governs the relationship between employers and employees in Michigan. As an "at-will" employment state, Michigan allows employers to terminate employees for any reason or no reason at all, provided it's not discriminatory or retaliatory. However, there are many other laws and regulations that employers in Michigan must comply with, such as minimum wage requirements, anti-discrimination laws, overtime pay, workers' compensation insurance, and more. In this context, both employers and employees need to have a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities under Michigan employment law. Here are 11 truths of Michigan employment law to help you navigate this complex legal landscape.

  1. Michigan is an "at-will" employment state, meaning employers can terminate employees for any reason or no reason as long as it's not discriminatory or retaliatory.

  2. Discrimination based on race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, and other protected categories is prohibited under state and federal law.

  3. Michigan's minimum wage is $10.10 per hour as of 2023. Tipped employees have a lower minimum wage, but their tips must bring them up to at least the regular minimum wage.

  4. Michigan law does not require employers to provide employees with unpaid meal breaks and rest periods.

  5. Employees who work more than 40 hours a week are entitled to overtime pay at a rate of 1.5 times their regular hourly wage.

  6. Michigan law requires employers to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage.

  7. Michigan's Paid Medical Leave Act requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide their employees with up to 40 hours of paid medical leave per year.

  8. Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace.

  9. Michigan employers must comply with federal laws regarding employment eligibility verification (Form I-9) and equal employment opportunity (EEO).

  10. Michigan law prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who file workers' compensation claims or participate in investigations related to workers' compensation claims.

  11. Michigan law requires employers to maintain certain records related to their employees, such as wage and hour records and personnel files.

By keeping these 11 truths of Michigan employment law in mind, employers can create a fair and safe workplace environment for their employees, while employees can ensure their rights are upheld. Employers and employees can create a better workplace for everyone involved by working together.


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