Filing a Complaint With The Wage & Hour Program in Michigan

Filing a Complaint With The Wage & Hour Program in Michigan

The Wage & Hour Program is run by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The purpose of the Wage & Hour Program is to protect Michigan workers’ wages and fringe benefits by administrating the laws efficiently, fairly and effectively.

1) Know The Time Frame of The Incident.

When filing a complaint with the Wage & Hour Program, it is very important to know the time frame of the incident. A complaint regarding non-payment of wages or fringe benefits needs to be filled within 12 months of the alleged violation. If you are filing a complaint because you were discharged or had your wage reduced due to you filing a wage or fringe befit complaint or after having a right enforced that is provided by the Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Act, you have 30 days from the discharge or the date the wages were reduced. If this is a minimum wage or overtime wage claim, you have 3 years to make the claim.

2) Reasons to Not File a Form.

When filing a wage complaint form, none of the following must apply to you. The work you performed was not in the state of Michigan. Your employer filed for bankruptcy or has been determined bankrupt. You were not an actual employee of the business meaning you were self-employed, owner/operator, a subcontractor, or a volunteer. If you have filled a law suit for the same complaint you cannot file here as well. If you received a civil court judgment regarding the complaint, you cannot file here. You do not know your employer’s business name and mailing address. If this is a tax related issue where you are trying to obtain a W-2 or 1099 tax form, you need to contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. Finally, if you are outside the statute of limitations listed above.

3) Filing in Person.

If you wish to file in person you must go to 530 W. Allegan St. Lansing, MI 48933 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Wage & Hour Program recommends that you bring any pertinent documentation with you to make filling your complaint as easy as possible. For this type of claim the type of documents are; employment contract, wage agreement, collective bargaining agreement, commission statements, invoices, time records, list of hours worked, check stubs, W-2, written fringe benefit policy or contract.

4) Filing by Mail.

To file a request by mail, send your completed form to P.O. Box 30476 Lansing, MI 48909-7976

5) Filing Online.

You may also file online at their website

6) The Investigation Process.

To start the investigation the claim is handed over to an investigator to review the completeness of the claim and determine if the claim is within the Wage & Hour Programs authority. If this is the case, the parties involved are notified by mail that the claim is open and being investigated. The claims are settled on a first-in, first out rotation. Meaning the claim will be investigated and resolved when it comes into the rotation of his or her caseload. The amount of time that will be required to complete the investigation varies on a claim by claim basis. It can change depending on the cooperation of the parties involved and the complexity of said claim. If there is additional information needed you will be contacted. You will also be contacted when the claim has been resolved. Finally you must inform the program if your contact information changes or if you receive a payment from the employer. Failure to do so will delay the investigation of your claim.

Additional Resources

Wage & Hour Program Homepage

Filing a Complaint for Non-payment of Wages or Fringe Benefits

WHD-9430 Employment Wage Complaint Form