Payment of Wages

October 3, 2014

All employers (other than those who employ individuals who harvest crops by hand) are required to pay their employees:

  • On or before the first day of each calendar month, all wages earned during the first 15 days of the preceding calendar month; and
  • On or before the 15th day of each calendar month, all the wages earned during the preceding calendar month from the 16th day to the end of the month.

Unless:

  • The employer has established a regularly scheduled weekly or biweekly payday where such payday occurs on or before the 14th day following the work period in which the wages were earned.
  • The employer has established a monthly payday where the employer pays to the employee on or before the first day of each calendar month all wages earned during the preceding calendar month.

Employers employing individuals who hand-harvest crops must pay all wages earned in a week on or before the second day of the following workweek, unless another method of payment is agreed upon by written contract.

Excerpted from the Michigan Chamber’s 2014 Employment Law Handbook authored by attorneys from the Miller Canfield law firm.

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