Opportunity wage. Persons under the age of 20 may be paid an opportunity wage of $4.25 per hour during the first 90 calendar days of employment (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 408.384b).
Minors who are 16 or 17 years old may be paid 85 percent of the minimum wage (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 408.384b(2)
). However, if an employer is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA),
it must pay minors the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour. Employers must pay the federal rate because it is higher than 85 percent of the state minimum wage rate. An information sheet on the wage law is available on the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth's website at http://www.michigan.gov/dleg
Training wages. Apprentices and workers being trained who are clearly unable to meet normal production standards may be paid less than the regular minimum wage rate for experienced workers, but only with the authorization of the Department of Consumer and Industry Services (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 408.387).
Workers with disabilities. Persons whose earning capacity is impaired by physical or mental disability may qualify for employment at wages below the minimum, but only with the authorization of the Department of ...