Terms of Employment: Michigan
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: William E. Pilchak, Pilchak & Cohen, P.C.
- In Michigan, employment is presumed to be at-will. See At-Will Versus Just Cause Employment.
- Entitlement to fringe benefits is determined by the written description in a policy or contract of employment. Therefore, employers should take care to avoid providing "vested" benefits when unintended. See Benefits and Vested Benefits.
- Michigan's Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of height and weight, but does not address discrimination based on sexual orientation or sexual identity. See Michigan Antidiscrimination Statutes That Affect the Terms of Employment.
- Michigan court decisions support the enforcement of noncompete agreements if they protect a reasonable business interest. See Restrictive Covenants.