Effective January 1, 2018, the Michigan minimum wage will increase to $9.25 an hour. This is the last of the scheduled increases under Public Act 138 of 2014. Beginning in January of 2019, annual adjustments to the minimum wage will be made based on the unemployment rate and consumer price index, and any future increases cannot exceed three-and-one-half percent.

Under Public Act 138, employers in Michigan may pay 85 percent of this rate ($7.86 an hour beginning January 1, 2018) to employees aged 16 and 17 as long as employees are not displaced in order to hire employees at the lower rate.

Moreover, tipped employees may be paid 38 percent of Michigan’s minimum wage ($3.52 an hour beginning January 1, 2018) where each of the following conditions is met:

(a) “The employee receives gratuities in the course of his or her employment.”

(b) If the gratuities plus the reduced minimum hourly wage rate do not equal or exceed Michigan’s regular minimum hourly wage, the employer must pay any shortfall to the employee.

(c) “The gratuities are proven gratuities as indicated by the employee's declaration for purposes of the federal insurance contributions act.”

(d) The employee was informed by the employer of the provisions of the tipped employee section of Public Act 318.