Michigan Holidays laws & HR compliance analysis

Michigan Holidays: What you need to know

Michigan observes the following as official holidays:
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Every Saturday from 12 noon until 12 midnight
January 1 New Year's Day
Third Monday in January Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 12 Lincoln's Birthday
Third Monday on February Washington's Birthday
Last Monday in May Memorial or Decoration Day
July 4 Independence Day
First Monday in September Labor Day
Second Monday in October Columbus Day
November 11 Veterans Day
Fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day
December 25 Christmas Day
When January 1, February 12, July 4, November 11, or December 25 fall on a Sunday, the holiday is observed on the following day. There is no provision in the law for holidays falling on Saturdays (MI Comp. Laws Ann. Sec. 435.101et seq.).
State employees. By law, employees of the government of Michigan are entitled to the days noted as paid days off. State office closings are regulated by the Michigan Department of Civil Service.
The Department's regulations state that if a holiday falls on a Saturday, it will be observed on the preceding Friday. Election Day (first Tuesday of November in even-numbered years) is a holiday under the regulations. In recent years, Lincoln's birthday and Columbus Day have been observed on the day following Thanksgiving and the day before Christmas.
Private employers. Absent a collective bargaining agreement or other employment contract to the contrary, private employers are not required by state law to provide any holidays as paid (or unpaid) days off; however, the vast majority of Michigan employers do observe at least six paid holidays. No Michigan law requires that employers:
• Pay premium pay to employees who work on holidays.
• Pay employees for unworked hours on holidays.
• Count unworked hours on ...

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Michigan Holidays Resources

Type Title
Handouts Managing Holiday Celebrations (Handout)
Policies Holiday
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