Michigan Sick Leave laws & compensation compliance analysis

Michigan Sick Leave: What you need to know

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.
It is important to remember, however, that if sick leave is promised, an employer may create a legal obligation to grant it. Employers should regularly review statements made in handbooks or elsewhere to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If changes are necessary, the policy should be revised and employees notified of the changes.
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An employer may not limit the number of sick days withdrawn from a sick leave bank by restricting or excluding their use for childbirth or pregnancy related disabilities without violating the prohibition against sex discrimination by employers (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 37.2101).
Note: BLR® provides comprehensive employment law coverage at the federal and state levels. However, businesses may be subject to additional requirements at the local (city, county, and municipal) level.
For select cities, BLR will provide a brief overview of these requirements.
If your locality is not listed below, or if you require further guidance on a law that is listed, we recommend contacting the area chamber of commerce or the appropriate local enforcement, executive, or legislative body (e.g., city council, city labor board, mayor's office) to confirm compliance with local laws.
Where a conflict exists between laws, employers should follow the law granting the most generous employee benefit.
For a concise multi-state comparison of state laws, see the State Law Chart Builder.
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Michigan Sick Leave Resources

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