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The HR Specialist: Michigan Employment Law

The Persons With Disabilities Civil Rights Act (PWDCRA) is Michigan’s version of the federal ADA, but it has some key differences …

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In March 2006, the Michigan legislature passed a new minimum wage law, but then amended it in August to address concerns that the new rate would entitle large segments of Michigan’s work force to overtime pay …

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The Michigan Employment Security Act governs the state’s unemployment compensation program. As in many other states, the law provides temporary payments to employees who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. The law is complex and in some cases holds an employer liable for unemployment insurance (UI) payments even when a former employee wasn’t fired but quit …

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Michigan’s workers’ compensation system protects employees who are injured on the job by replacing lost wages while they recover. The Workers’ Compensation Agency (www.michigan.gov/wca) administers the law …

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Michigan’s child labor law prohibits employers from hiring minors under age 16 in “an occupation that is hazardous or injurious to the minor’s health or personal well-being.” You may hire minors 14 years old provided you obtain permission from their school …

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While all Michigan employers with 50 or more employees within a 75-mile radius are subject to the federal FMLA, they must also grant time off as a reasonable accommodation under the state’s Persons With Disabilities Civil Rights Act (PWDCRA) …

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Under Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA), it’s illegal to subject people to differential treatment based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status or marital status …

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Local governments in Michigan can, and sometimes do, legislate their own rules for employers within their jurisdictions. For example, several municipalities have living-wage laws stipulating higher pay than the state minimum wage, as well as bans on sexual orientation discrimination …

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