Key Michigan regulations payroll professionals need to know
Michigan minimum wage
Minimum wage for adult employees in Michigan will increase between 2020 and 2021. Here’s what to expect:
- As of January 1, 2020: $9.65/hour
- As of January 1, 2021: $9.87/hour
For adult employees who earn tips, the minimum wage is:
- As of January 1, 2020: $3.67/hour
- As of January 1, 2021: $3.75/hour
The minimum wage 16- and 17-year-olds is 85% of the set minimum wage. Additionally, employees aged 16 to 19 can be paid a training wage of $4.25 an hour for the first 90 days of employment.
Michigan pay stubs
With every paycheck, Michigan employers must provide pay stubs with the following information:
- The number of hours worked
- Gross wages earned
- The dates of the pay period
- Any itemized deductions taken from the employee’s paycheck
Michigan pay periods
Michigan employers may pay their employees on any of the following schedules:
- Once per month, with payment issued within 15 days of the pay period’s ending
- Twice per month, with payment issued within 14 days of the pay period’s ending
- Weekly, with payment issued within 14 days of the pay period’s ending
You may pay employees more often, with no rules on when to schedule the payday.
Determining time worked in Michigan
Michigan has no guidelines regarding the definition of time worked. However, you must pay overtime when an employee hits 40 hours in a workweek.
Michigan overtime pay and tracking
Michigan employers must pay nonexempt employees overtime pay of time and a half for all hours worked over 40 hours during a given workweek. There are no guidelines for tracking hours.
Michigan final wage payment
When a Michigan employee parts ways with your company for any reason, you must pay all wages due by the next payday. For any contracted employees, payment is due upon termination of the contract.
Income tax withholding in Michigan
As of 2020, all Michigan employers must withhold Michigan state income tax of 4.25%.
Employees in Michigan are entitled to federal benefits outlined in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and by Social Security. Michigan has additional state rules on these employee benefits:
- Workers’ compensation: With extremely limited exceptions, Michigan employers must provide their employees with workers’ compensation insurance.
- Health insurance: Although Michigan state law does not require employers to provide health insurance, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that all U.S. employers with 50 or more full-time (or equivalent) employees offer employee insurance benefits.
- Sick leave: Michigan employers with 50 or more employees, whether part-time or full-time, must give employees one hour of paid medical leave for every 35 hours worked, with a maximum of 40 sick leave hours per year.
Voting: Michigan doesn’t require employers to give employees paid or unpaid time off to vote.
Why is Gusto a great payroll provider in Michigan?
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