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Recruiting: Michigan

Recruiting requirements for other states

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

Author: William E. Pilchak, Pilchak & Cohen, P.C.


  • Michigan maintains an internet job posting service that employers can use to find qualified candidates. See Methods and Sources.
  • Employers may not post job advertisements or notices that express a preference based on prohibited characteristics. See Advertising Dos and Don'ts.
  • Michigan has provisions that go beyond federal law, such as prohibiting discrimination in recruiting and hiring based on height or weight. Michigan antidiscrimination law also is not limited by an employer's size. See Advertising Dos and Don'ts.
  • In Michigan, an offer of at-will employment generally may be withdrawn at any time, even if the applicant has resigned from employment and moved his or her belongings to Michigan in order to fill the position. See At-Will Employment.
  • When recruiting salespersons, care should be given to stating the commission plan or agreement, as a contractual right to lifetime commissions otherwise may result. See Avoiding Commission Claims.
  • A new state law bans employers from requesting or requiring job applicants or employees to provide access to their personal internet accounts except in certain situations. See Social Media Password Protection Law.
  • Michigan places constraints on the types of jobs and hours that a minor may work. See Youth Employment.