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Employment At-Will: Michigan

Employment At-Will requirements for other states

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

Author: Patrick F. Hickey, Dykema


  • The general rule in Michigan is that an employment at-will relationship can be terminated at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all. See The At-Will Relationship.
  • Michigan recognizes limited exceptions to the at-will presumption, including contracts and public policy exceptions. See Employment At-Will Exceptions.
  • At-will employees in Michigan challenging a discharge may file claims against their employers under tort theories so long as the plaintiff is able to satisfy an evidentiary burden. See Tort Considerations.