And On Monday

New Minimum Wage for Michigan Employees Kicks in .. and

We slide a little deeper into the fiery pit of progressivism

Because everyone knows that ALL employers are filthy rich.

Because everyone knows that ALL employers are filthy rich.

Beginning September 1, 2014, Michigan employers will face an increase in the minimum wage rate from $7.40 to $8.15. The first rate increase since Granholm jacked employers in 2008, this new change to state law marks the beginning of a gradual 25 percent increase of the minimum wage resulting in $9.25 per hour by 2018. The State of Michigan makes new online resources available at to help workers and employers face the facts as the new rate takes effect.

On May 27, 2014 the ‘Workforce Opportunity Wage Act,’ Public Act 138 of 2014 (Act 138), took immediate effect replacing the Michigan Minimum Wage and Overtime Act (Act 154).  Act 138 is enforced by the Wage and Hour Program within the Technical Services Division of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).  And we know No-One enforces like MIOSHA.

Act 138 applies to employers in Michigan that have two or more employees age 16 and older.  A copy of Act 138, along with guidelines and the required poster may be downloaded from the Wage and Hour Program website.

Dates of Minimum Wage Rate Increases

The current minimum wage is $7.40.  The rate increases as follows:

  • September 1, 2014 – $8.15
  • January 1, 2016 – $8.50
  • January 1, 2017 – $8.90
  • January 1, 2018 – $9.25

Youth Training Wage

Act 138 allows an employer to pay a newly hired employee age 16 to 19 $4.25 per hour for the first 90 days of employment.  Then they can be fired (summer jobs will only last so long anyhow.) as Michigan remains an ‘at-will’ state.

85% Minimum Wage

Act 138 also allows an employer in Michigan to pay 85 percent of the minimum wage to employees aged 16 and 17; however, note that the current Federal Minimum Wage rate is $7.25 per hour.  Employers that are covered by both State and Federal Minimum Wage law are stuck paying the higher applicable rate.   Information on Federal Minimum Wage can be obtained by calling the United States Department of Labor at 866-487-9243.

Effective Date Minimum Hourly Wage Rate 85% of Minimum Hourly Wage Rate
September 1, 2014 $8.15 $7.25*
January 1, 2016 $8.50 $7.25*
January 1, 2017 $8.90 $7.57
January 1, 2018 $9.25 $7.86

*per Federal Minimum Wage Rate

Tipped Employees

Act 138 allows employers to take a tip credit on minimum wage under certain conditions for those employees who customarily and regularly receive tips.   No worries about all of this, because your employees will tell you what you should be payting them, and all cash they receive will now be hidden even better than before.

The following conditions apply to taking a tip credit on the state minimum wage rate:

  • The employee is in a position which customarily and regularly receives gratuities from a guest, patron, or customer for services rendered to that guest, patron, or customer.
  • If the gratuities plus the minimum hourly wage rate do not equal or exceed the minimum hourly wage otherwise established, the employer pays any shortfall to the employee.
  • The gratuities are proven gratuities as indicated by the employee’s declaration for Federal Insurance Contribution Act.
  • The employee was informed by the employer of the provisions of Act 138.
  • If a credit is taken for gratuities received by an employee, then the employment records for each pay period shall contain the credit that was taken along with a written statement of the amount of gratuities received by the employee. The statement shall be signed by the employee and dated before the date the paycheck was received.

The minimum hourly rate of pay for a worker subject to tip credit provisions is:

Effective Date Minimum Hourly Wage Rate Tipped Employee Minimum Hourly Wage Rate Provided Reported Tips Per Hour Average At Least
September 1, 2014 $8.15 $3.10 $5.05
January 1, 2016 $8.50 $3.23 $5.27
January 1, 2017 $8.90 $3.38 $5.52
January 1, 2018 $9.25 $3.52 $5.73

Now that wasn’t too difficult was it?

Overtime Requirements

Employees covered by the overtime provisions of the Workforce Opportunity Wage Act must be paid one and a half times their regular rate of pay for hours worked exceeding 40 hours in a workweek. Of course almost no one is working that many hours anymore since the ACA has forced employers into less than 30 hour scheduling efforts.

Some positions are considered exempt from overtime requirements. For a complete list of those positions you can visit the program website.

For more information call the Wage and Hour Program toll free at 855-464-9243 or visit the program website at  If you don’t, your employees will.

Trust me.

And don’t forget, “Progressivism is merely soft core porn for communists.”



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  5 comments for “And On Monday

  1. KG One
    September 1, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    The wanna-be conservative paper, The Detroit News, did a write-up today on this featuring people stuck at "the bottom of the heap" wage-wise.

    As usual, they found someone who thinks that working register at a fast food joint is a viable career option to raise a family and enjoy the American Dream.

    Time for a reality check.

    To borrow a phrase from "The Great One":CUT ONE...GO!!!

    Businesses are still struggling and the economic recovery is slow, said Charlie Owens, the federation’s state director.

    “It is a challenge because the government can dictate our costs, but nobody dictates our revenues,” Owens said.

    “To have these kinds of things pop up when we’re trying to climb out of the ditch isn’t helpful at all.”

    The options, he said, are to make adjustments in the labor force or go out of businesses.

    “If I have five employees, four will get a raise and one will get a pink slip,” Owens said.

    It's a shame that the dullards in the republican party who were pushing for this wage hike never bothered to read the CBO report on what a minimum wage hike does to the workforce.

    But hey, so long as some people are happy, what's a few more unemployed Michigan Workers?

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    • Corinthian Scales
      September 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Yep. Then there's this useful idiot propaganda from over at The Wooden Shoe Mafia's Pole Smoker Press.

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    • September 4, 2014 at 9:19 am

      And what really sucks about those pink slips is that, because ObamaCare has already forced employers to cut their employees down to 29 hours per week (so as to avoid ACA-imposed fines and fees), the workers who lose their jobs because of republican cowards won't even qualify for unemployment assistance.

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  2. KG One
    September 4, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Well golly gee, that certainly didn't take long?

    I can't help but wonder what the high and mighty potentates in the Michigan republican party plan to do next?

    Didn't they get the memo that $9.25 just won't do?

    $15 is considered a "living wage" now!

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