Michigan Wage and Hour Investigations: What you need to know

Michigan's Labor Department has the authority to inspect at any reasonable time employment records of every employer covered by the stateMinimum Wage Law (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 408.381). Labor officials may administer oaths, subpoena witnesses, and require employers to produce relevant records regarding the payment of wages (MI Comp. Laws. Sec. 408.481).
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Minimum wage. An employer found in violation of minimum wage provisions may file a claim with the department and file a suit to recover double the amount of unpaid wages, costs, and reasonable attorney's fees. In addition, the employer must pay a fine of up to $1,000 (MI Comp. Laws. Sec. 408.393).
Payment of wages. Failure to pay the wages and fringe benefits due to employees is a misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, imprisonment for up to 1 year, or both (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 408.485). In addition, employers must pay unpaid wages and fringe benefits, a 10 percent penalty, costs, and reasonable attorney's fees, hearing costs, and transcript costs. For repeat violations, employers must pay up to twice the amount of wages and fringe benefits due (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 408.488).
Reinstatements. If, after investigating a complaint from an employee or former employee, the labor department determines that the employee was discharged or discriminated against because he or she filed a wage complaint, caused such proceeding, or testified or planned to testify in a wage proceeding, the department will order the employer to rehire or reinstate the employer with back pay (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 408.483).
Youth employment. Employers that employ minors must make work permits, age certificates, or other proof of age, time records, and other relevant ...

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