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Michigan Minimum Wage Rate Goes Up

Michigan's minimum wage law graphic

Origins of the Legislation

On September 5, 2018, the Michigan legislature adopted a ballot proposal concerning minimum wage in the State of Michigan. The proposal was amended and signed into law December 4, 2018.

Impact of the New Law

  • Michigan’s minimum hourly wage rate increases from
    $9.25 to $9.45 beginning March 29, 2019

  • Additional annual increases will be implemented until 2030

  • Wage discrimination is expressly prohibited

  • Minimum wage rate for tipped workers also increases

  • Defines penalties for violation of the act

Minimum Wage Comparison

Michigan has one of the highest minimum wage rates in the Midwest, outpacing Indiana ($7.25), Illinois ($8.25), Ohio ($8.10) and Wisconsin ($7.25).

Impact on Tipped Workers

The new law requires that tipped employees make at least the minimum wage. If their tips plus the tipped employee minimum wage does not equal or exceed the regular minimum wage, the employer must pay any shortfall to the employee.

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