Michigan Businesses pay more for minimum wage

Business in Michigan

While most Michigan manufacturing companies provide salaries well above the minimum wage offerings, the increase does has Michigan businesses taking the minimum wage into account with new hires as well as current employees.

Manufacturing firms in general, hire in new employees above the minimum wage to attract the best available in skilled trades. There are over 800 manufacturing positions in the Huron Township, Michigan LDFA1 and LDFA2 districts.

Michigan employers with employees earning minimum wage will now pay $8.50 an hour.

Minimum wage had been $7.40 in Michigan before 2014, when legislators passed a bill that raises it gradually to $9.25 by 2018. It increased to $8.15 on Sept. 1, 2014 and it was raised to $8.50 on Jan. 1, 2016.

Two more scheduled raises will increase it to $9.25 by 2018. On Jan. 1, 2017: $8.90 and  Jan. 1, 2018: $9.25

The minimum wage law is enforced by the Wage and Hour Program under the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). While minimum wage is set at $8.50 in January, there are still lower wage rates: employers can pay newly-employed teens between 16 and 19 $4.25 per hour for the first 90 days of their employment. Employees ages 16 and 17 can still be paid the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

The minimum wage for tipped employees will raise from $3.10 to $3.23 on Jan. 1, 2016. Tipped employees must make $8.50 per hour with tips and regular wages taken into account.

In Huron Township’s Local Development Finance Authority district, the LDFA1 has contributed eight hundred manufacturing jobs in the past year and LDFA2 is considered a smart zone as well which is hopeful to attract even more new business in the pinnacle area. The Local Development Finance Authority Huron Township, MI is a beacon for economic growth in the area. More information at www.hurontwpldfa.com.

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