Michigan Leave of Absence (FMLA): What you need to know

Some states have laws that require employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child, or to care for a family member with a serious illness, but Michigan does not have such a law. However, Michigan employers with 50 or more employees are likely covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
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Michigan state law prohibits employers from disciplining, discharging, threatening, or requiring extra hours of work from any employee who is summoned for or serves on jury duty. Employers that violate this provision commit a misdemeanor and may be punished for contempt of court (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 600.1348). State law prohibits employers from disciplining, discharging, or threatening any employee who is subpoenaed and required to appear in court as a victim of a crime or to act as victim representative who attends court to be present during the testimony of the victim. A "victim representative" means a guardian or custodian of a child of a deceased victim if the child is less than 18 years of age; a parent, guardian, or custodian of a victim of assault if the victim is less than 18 years old; a person who has been designated to act in place of a victim of assault while the victim is physically or emotionally disabiled.
Employers that violate this law commit a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to 90 days and/or a fine of up to $500 and may be punished for contempt of court (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 780.762). Michigan state law does not require employers to pay employees for absences for jury duty or court appearance.
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