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Michigan Minimum Wage to Increase in 2022

On January 1, 2022, the minimum wage in Michigan will increase to $9.87 per hour. This is a 22-cent increase from the current rate of $9.65 per hour, and the first increase in Michigan since 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Michigan law requires automatic annual increases in the minimum hourly wage on January 1 of each year, up to $12.05 through 2030. However, the law also states that when the unemployment rate in Michigan exceeds 8.5 percent for the calendar year before the planned increase, the annual increase will automatically be delayed and there will be no increase in the minimum wage. In 2020, the unemployment rate in Michigan reached 9.9 percent, and as a result the minimum wage did not increase in January 2021.

The state also announced that in 2022 the minimum hourly wage rate for tipped employees will increase 8 cents from $3.67 per hour to $3.75 per hour. Likewise, the minimum hourly wage for employees 16-17 years of age will increase by 19 cents to $8.39 per hour.

Michigan employers will be responsible for paying any shortfalls to an employee if the employee’s hourly rate, including gratuities, does not equal or exceed the new minimum wage requirements.

© 2022 Varnum LLPNational Law Review, Volume XI, Number 347
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Elizabeth Wells Skaggs, labor and employment attorney, Varnum
Partner

Beth is a partner in the labor and employment practice group, focusing employment issues and litigation. She has counseled business clients on a variety of matters affecting the workplace, including effective employee handbooks and policies, disciplinary and dispute resolution procedures, discrimination issues, disability accommodation, wage-hour matters, family medical leave, harassment prevention and litigation avoidance.  When litigation is unavoidable, Beth has significant experience representing employers under the numerous state and federal statutes that govern the...

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William J. Whalen Labor and Employment Attorney Varnum
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Bill is an associate at Varnum. He is a skilled researcher with experience in the labor and employment area as well as litigation matters. While in law school, Bill worked as an intern at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where he responded to requests to the legal unit, analyzed investigatory files and provided research on employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation matters. He served as a law student intern for U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Michigan.

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