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e-Alert: Michigan Amends Paid Sick Leave Law

By January 17, 2019March 13th, 2019No Comments


Michigan has amended its paid sick leave law — which takes effect in March 2019. The newly amended law will require Michigan employers with 50 or more employees within the state to provide paid sick leave to full-time employees. Employers with 1 – 49 employees are exempt from, or do not have to provide paid sick leave.

Who is covered?

  • Michigan employers with 50 or more employees
  • Employees who work 35 or more hours per week except:
    • Administrative, executive, professional, computer, or outside sales employees exempt from overtime pay
    • Seasonal employees
    • Employees under 18 years old
    • Variable-hour employees
    • Employees whose primary work location is not Michigan

Main provisions

  • All employees must be compensated for paid sick leave at their usual rate of pay. This excludes overtime pay, holiday pay, bonuses, commissions, and tips.
  • An employee may use up to 40 hours per year in paid sick leave.
  • As of March 2019, employees may use paid sick leave as it is accrued, but newly hired employees may be required to wait 90 days.
  • Life events that will qualify employees for paid sick leave:
    • If the employee or his/her family member is a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence
    • An employee’s or family member’s mental or physical illness or injury
  • All employers must display a state-created poster in a conspicuous place accessible to employees.
  • Employees requesting leave must follow the employer’s usual and customary notice requirements.
  • Employers must allow employees at least three days to provide documentation of their need for leave.
  • Employers must retain records documenting the hours worked and paid sick leave taken by employees for a minimum of one year.

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