Understanding your rights as a Michigan worker is paramount. Depending on your status at your company, your employer may have to provide you with a certain amount of annual leave at your initial hire for your immediate use.

According to the state of Michigan, when a company hires a permanent employee, that employee is immediately entitled to 16 hours of paid annual leave.

What are these 16 hours for?

The immediate 16-hour allowance is for a variety of different circumstances. For instance, an employee may use these hours for voting, necessary personal business, and religious observances that take place during the working day.

The 16 hours are only good for a single calendar year and the employee is not eligible for more within that year. After the 16-hour allowance, the employee is not entitled to any further annual leave until said employee has worked for at least 720 hours. If an employee works more than 80 hours in a two-week period, those hours in excess of 80 are not counted toward the 720-hour requirement.

Are there any limits to what I can use the 16 hours for?

Michigan law entitles an employee to this annual leave by law if he or she is a permanent status, but the employer must agree to allow the employee to take this leave. This means that the 16 hours only apply if the employee has asked for them in advance. The employee may not use the 16 hours for sick leave or purposes covered by other vacation provisions.

Additionally, this provision is only applicable for permanent employees. It does not apply to seasonal workers.