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Michigan Wage Payment Timing Requirements

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in Michigan must comply with these state rules regarding the timing and frequency of wage payments.

Employees of covered Michigan employers must be paid at least semimonthly, with wages payable on or before the first day of the month for wages earned in the first half of the preceding calendar month, and on or before the 15th day of the month for wages earned during the last half of the preceding month, or more often if the employer desires.

An employer who establishes a monthly payday will be deemed in compliance with the law if the employer pays on the first day of each calendar month all wages earned during the preceding calendar month.

Employees absent on payday must be paid upon demand, and fringe benefits must be paid in accordance with the written contract or policy.

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