Michigan Unemployment and Youth Standards

There’s a lot happening in The Great Lakes State!

Since the start of 2020, Michigan’s Department of Labor and Opportunity has issued updates to two labor law notices. The state’s Youth Employment Standards notice was the first to be updated, followed closely by the Unemployment Compensation notice. Below we’ve outlined all the new details employers need to know.  

Youth Employment Standards

The updated notice, which has a new revision date of 12/19, describes the following requirements for certain working minors:

  • Minors 16 years of age or older may not work more than an average of 8 hours per day, or 48 hours in one week.
  • While attending school, minors 16 years of age or older may not work more than a combined school and workweek of 48 hours.

Information on discrimination protections that appeared on the previous version of the notice has been removed.

Unemployment Compensation

Changes to this notice include a revision date of 2/20 and new information on what employees should do once they have filed an unemployment compensation claim. For example:

  • Employees must certify/report for benefits biweekly online through their MiWAM account or by calling the Michigan Automated Response Voice Interactive Network (known as MARVIN).
  • Each week, employees must document and send their Unemployment Insurance Agency “work search activity” for that week, in order to certify for benefits.

Another addition to the Unemployment Compensation notice is a waiver checkbox for employees who may return to work. If an employee receives a copy of the notice and the waiver box is checked, it means their employer has requested that the employee receive a waiver from the requirements to register for and look for work.

We Make Compliance Easy!

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to order our 1-Year Compliance Plan so that you will automatically receive the updated Michigan poster as soon as it is available. And because we provide free poster updates for mandatory changes, no matter how many occur during the plan year, you can always count on Poster Compliance Center to keep your business in compliance!