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Using Lie Detector Tests in Michigan

Filed under Hiring Workers. Fact checked on May 20, 2012.

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The use of lie detector tests by employers in Michigan is subject to these state rules.

An employer in Michigan may not as a condition of employment, promotion or change in status of employment, or as an express or implied condition of a benefit or privilege of employment, do any of the following:

  • Request or require that an employee or applicant for employment take a polygraph examination.
  • Administer, cause to be administered, threaten to administer, or attempt to administer a polygraph examination to an employee or applicant for employment.
  • Require that an employee or applicant for employment give an express or implied waiver of a practice prohibited by this law.

Employees may voluntarily request to take a test but numerous rules apply.

For purposes of this law, employer means a person who employs one or more persons or who accepts applications for employment, including an agent of an employer.

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