There is no Michigan law requiring private or public employers to provide employees sick leave, paid or unpaid, although many employers do grant it as an important employee benefit. However, employers may grant sick leave as a fringe benefit, pursuant to a written contract or policy (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 408.471).
"Fringe benefit" means compensation due an employee pursuant to a written contract or written policy for holidays, time off for sickness or injury, time off for personal reasons or vacation, bonuses, authorized expenses incurred during the course of employment, and contributions made on behalf of an employee. In addition, some courts have held that policies published in employee handbooks may constitute implied contracts that are binding and enforceable. Therefore, employers should review policy statements carefully to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If they do not, they should be changed, and employees must be notified in advance of the changes.