Michigan Hiring laws & HR compliance analysis

Michigan Hiring: What you need to know

The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits hiring practices that discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, sex, age, height, weight, marital status, or disability. The Act covers employers with one or more employees (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 37.2101 et seq.). The Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants on the basis of a disability or genetic information (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 37.1101 et seq.). The law applies to all employers, regardless of size.
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In Michigan, employers may not discharge, discipline, fail to hire, or otherwise penalize an employee or applicant for failure to grant access to, allow observation of, or disclose information that allows access to or observation of the employee's or applicant's personal Internet account (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 37.273).
Federal law requires that all employers report the name, address, and Social Security number of each new employee to a state directory within 20 days of the date of hire (42 USC 653a). Employers must also report the rehire of any employee who was previously laid off, furloughed, terminated, or placed on leave without pay. Failure to report as required may result in the assessment of fines against the employer.
Details on reporting requirements and filing instructions are available on the website of the Michigan New Hires Operation Center at http://mi-newhire.com.
Last reviewed May 2016.

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