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Filing a claim for long-term disability benefits in Michigan

Many Michigan employers provide a long-term disability insurance program as part of their employee benefits package. A good example of such a program is the one available to Michigan state employees. Employees of the State of Michigan have the right to enroll in a long-term disability income protection plan which is funded by the state and which provides support through an extended period of disability. In the private sector, long-term disability benefits are typically provided through an insurance company.

Employer duties per Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Act

Michigan's Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Act of 1978 provides employees in the state with a certain set of rights in matters related to wage and hour laws. In addition to those rights, there are certain responsibilities that all employers in Michigan must fulfill in order to be in compliance with the act. Those responsibilities mainly pertain to recordkeeping and making statutory deductions.

Law covers Michigan workers' employee wages and benefits

Every worker wants to be paid on time. To ensure that workers in Michigan receive their wages and benefits on a timely basis, state lawmakers passed the Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Act in 1978 to set clear guidelines for both workers and employers. The act ensures that the following employee rights are protected.

Decoding the Fair Labor Standards Act for Michigan residents

Employees in Michigan who are covered by Fair Labor Standards Act are entitled to minimum wages and overtime payments as prescribed in the act. The FLSA has been enacted to prescribe minimum wages, overtime pay, record-keeping procedures and child labor standards applicable to both full-time and part-time workers in private, as well as government sectors. Wage and Hour Division of Department of Labor along with U.S. Office of Personnel Management enforces FLSA for various categories of workers.

Employee rights under National Labor Relations Act

As many Michigan residents know, the National Labor Relations Act was enacted to provide certain rights allowing employees who are working in the private sector to claim employment benefits from their employers. Employees governed by the NLRA have the right to fight for improved working conditions and increased wages without forming a union.

What should Michigan workers know about retaliation?

Companies in Michigan are required by law to respect employment rights. They are also prohibited from engaging in illegal activities. An employee who is aware of such violations or has been a victim can report the incident to the proper authorities. However, there are situations where an employee, who is known as a whistleblower after reporting an incident, can experience improper treatment from the company or from superiors. This is referred to as retaliation.

Employee rights in Michigan per MIOSHA

Michigan employees enjoy certain rights as specified by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act, also known as MIOSHA. First and foremost, an employee is entitled to work in a place that is free from all occupational hazards that can cause injury or death. The employer must also inform an employee of all obligations and protections provided by MIOSHA. Certain other employee rights are enumerated as well.

How does the Michigan Whistleblowers' Protection Act work?

According to employment laws in the United States, retaliation against an employee on the grounds of reporting an activity by an employer that is against local, state or federal laws is considered a serious offense. The retaliation can be in the form of discharge from duty or in the form of discrimination at the workplace. In Michigan, these employees, known as "whistleblowers," are protected by the Michigan Whistleblowers' Protection Act of 1980, in addition to the Federal Act of 1989.

Michigan nuclear plant ignoring employee rights

Ensuring workplace safety is one of the primary responsibilities of any Michigan employer. When safety standards are compromised, the possibility of workplace injuries and illnesses increase dramatically. When safety concerns are raised by employees, they often face retaliation from employers, which may, at times, even lead to job loss. This is a clear violation of employee rights, according to Michigan state law, as well as federal employment laws.

Governor signs Michigan's minimum wage increase legislation

Men and women work hard to build this prosperous nation, and each one of them deserves a fair share of the profits from the companies they dedicate their lives to help succeed. Establishing minimum wage and overtime payment are basic employee rights that fall under the Fair Labor Standards Act. On May 27, 2014, Michigan's governor signed legislation that would increase the minimum wage rate in the state to $9.25 per hour by the year 2018.


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