16th May 2022

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The following are new Michigan laws that have gone into effect or are going into effect later this year.

Vehicle Registration and Recreational Passport Good for Two Years

Up until this year, Michiganders had to renew their vehicle registration yearly. However, that is changing in October of 2022, after your Birthday. Your vehicle registration, as well as the recreational passport, will be good for two years. This passport will cost $20 for the two-year period and will get you into the state parks, recreational areas, and boat launches.

Minimum Wage Increases

On January 1, 2022, the minimum wage in Michigan increased to $9.87 from $9.65, a 22-cent increase. The increase is based on Michigan’s Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act from 2018 where the legislature set annual increases and the schedule of these increases. Tipped workers also saw an increase to $3.75 an hour, which is a 12-cent increase from the previous rate.

Criminal Background Checks to Work with Seniors

This new Michigan law is effective this spring, anyone who works with senior citizens is required to have a criminal background check. This includes paid employees, subcontractors, and volunteers. This is an amendment to the Older Michiganians Act to require the following individuals to receive a criminal background check:

  • Anyone with in-person contact.
  • Anyone with in-home contact.
  • Anyone that has access to personal property.
  • Anyone that has access to confidential information.

No Surprises Act

This is not just a new Michigan law, it is a new Federal law that protects patients from unexpected medical bills, which are typically very costly, in emergency situations from out-of-network providers. This is a complicated law and can be explained in further detail here: No Surprises Act.

If you would like to learn more about these laws in further detail, Beier Howlett Attorneys are here to answer any questions you may have.

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