MIOSHA Celebrates 35 Years of Wage & Fringe Benefit Protection; MIOSHA's Wage & Hour Division Establishes New Toll Free Number to Commemorate Anniversary

Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

March 11, 2013 - This year marks the 35th anniversary of the enactment of Michigan's Payment of Wages & Fringe Benefits Act, Act 390 of 1978. To celebrate this anniversary, MIOSHA's Wage & Hour Division of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has established a toll free telephone number to improve customer service and provide information about employment standards administered by the Wage & Hour Division. The new toll free number is 1-855-4MI-WAGE (1-855-464-9243).

 

"35 years later, MIOSHA's Wage & Hour Division remains committed to delivering quality customer service," said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder. "The new toll free line provides a single point of contact for customers and creates the ability to have staff from around the state to answer and respond to callers." 

 

Each year the Division receives over 4,000 Act 390 complaints and aims to informally resolve them within 90 days. Last year over $2.3 million in unpaid wages and fringe benefits were returned to Michigan workers as a result of Division investigations.

 

In honor of the 35th anniversary, the Division has put together its top five tips for observing the Payment of Wages & Fringe Benefits Act:

 

  1. Set up regular, recurring scheduled pay periods and paydays.
  2. Pay wages on or before payday.
  3. Only make deductions from wages when allowed by law, collective bargaining agreement, or the written authorization of the employee.
  4. Pay fringe benefits earned according to a written contract or policy.
  5. Maintain a personnel file, time records and payroll records for at least three years.

Additional information about the Payment of Wages & Fringe Benefits Act, how to file a claim, or other laws administered by the Wage and Hour Division may be obtained by visiting www.michigan.gov/wagehour or calling 1-855-4MI-WAGE.

 

For more information about MIOSHA, please visit www.michigan.gov/miosha. 

 

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