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Military Duty Leave for Employees in Michigan

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Michigan employers must provide employees with leave for military duty in accordance with these state rules.

An employee in Michigan who requests a leave from employment may not be denied a leave of absence by that person's employer for the purpose of entering, or determining physical fitness to enter, the United States or state military or naval forces.


Upon release from training, duty or upon rejection, an employee must be reinstated to his or her position without reduction in seniority, status, or pay, if the employee makes application for reinstatement within 15 days following release or rejection.

Prohibited Discrimination

A person may not discriminate against any officer or enlisted person because that person is a member of the U.S. or state military or naval forces.

No employer may discharge any employee for performing military duty, or hinder the employee from performing military service or from attending military encampment, drill or instruction, or dissuade any person from enlisting or accepting a commission in the National Guard or naval militia by threat of injury to his or her job.

It is unlawful to directly or indirectly deprive a member of the organized militia of employment, to interfere with employment, or to dissuade anyone from enlisting in the military under threat of injury to employment.

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