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Overtime: Michigan

Overtime requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: James F. Hermon and Lauren M. Phillips, Dykema

Updating Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor


  • Almost all Michigan employers are subject to Michigan's overtime requirements under the Workforce Opportunity Wage Act. See Employer Coverage.
  • Like the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Michigan law requires covered employers to pay nonexempt employees one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for all overtime hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek. See Overtime.
  • Police officers, firefighters and employees of state-run hospitals may be paid overtime according to work periods longer than the typical seven-day workweek. See Alternative Work Periods.
  • If certain requirements are met, Michigan law allows employers and employees to agree that overtime will be compensated as compensatory time off rather than monetary wages. See Compensatory Time.