Employment and Labor Laws

Michigan

Michigan Minimum Wage, Overtime, Hours and Leave Laws


Minimum Wage

Michigan’s current minimum wage is $9.65.

For more information on Michigan’s minimum wage laws, visit our Michigan Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.

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Overtime

Michigan labor laws require employers to pay employees overtime at a rate of 1½ time their regular rate when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek, unless otherwise exempt. MI Statute 408:934a. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.


Prevailing Wages

Michigan does not have a prevailing wage law that governs wage rates on government project or service contracts.

Under certain circumstances, employers in Michigan may be required to pay residents wage rates established by federal prevailing wage rates and rules. The prevailing wage rates may be different from the federal and state’s standard minimum wage rates. Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain government services. See the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) for more information about prevailing wages.


Meals and Breaks

Michigan labor laws required employers to provide employees under eighteen (18) years of age with a thirty (30) minute uninterrupted rest period if scheduled to work more than five (5) continuous hours. MI Statute 409.112.

Michigan does not require employers to provide breaks, including lunch breaks, for workers eighteen (18) years old or older. An employer who chooses to provide a meal, lunch, or break period must complete relieve employees of their work duties for the break period to be unpaid. MI Dept. of Labor and Economic – Wage & Hour FAQ.


Nursing Mother Breaks

Michigan labor laws do not require employers to provide nursing mothers with breaks to express breast milk. However, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires certain employees to provide nonexempt nursing mothers for one (1) year following a child’s birth with reasonable rest breaks to express milk and private spaces, other than a bathroom, to express breast milk.


Vacation Leave

Information about Michigan vacation leave laws may now be found on our Michigan Leave Laws page.


Sick Leave

Information about Michigan sick leave laws may now be found on our Michigan Leave Laws page.


Holiday Leave

Information about Michigan holiday leave laws may now be found on our Michigan Leave Laws page.


Jury Duty Leave

Information about Michigan jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Michigan Leave Laws page.


Voting Leave

Information about Michigan voting leave laws may now be found on our Michigan Leave Laws page.


Severance Pay

Michigan labor laws do not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. MI Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity – Wage & Hour Div FAQ If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


Unemployment

Under certain circumstances, Michigan residents may be eligible for unemployment benefits while they search for another job. You are required to certify that you are unemployed on a weekly basis to receive these benefits. See Michigan State Unemployment Benefits.


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