Minimum wage to increase January 1, 2019

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Why a rising minimum wage is a good thing for people on Michigan workers’ compensation.

Minimum wage increase by January 1, 2019

Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation (Senate Bill No. 1171) watering down an approved ballot initiative that would have increased the minimum wage. It will now be set at $9.45 starting in 2019.

We are strong advocates for a higher minimum wage but disappointed with this legislation. Michigan voters should have the final say when it comes to ballot initiatives. It was an unprecedented maneuver by the GOP-controlled Legislature.

Here is why you should care about this issue. A higher minimum wage has a positive impact on workers’ compensation benefits. Disabled employees are supposed to receive 80% of their after-tax average weekly wage. However, the weekly amount is capped at 90% of the state-wide average weekly wage. The idea is to limit workers’ compensation benefits to what most people in Michigan earn. The minimum wage impacts this calculation.

High wage earners are stuck with an arbitrary maximum regardless of their actual salary. Increasing the minimum wage should result in a higher state-wide average weekly wage. Employees disabled from their jobs will keep more of their salary through workers’ compensation. This is a good thing!

Workers’ compensation is a safety net for people hurt on-the-job. Most of our client’s live paycheck-to-paycheck. It is not easy supporting a family on just 80% of pay. Getting stuck with a maximum means they receive even less. It is critical that disabled employees receive fair compensation when unable to work.

Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 201-9497 for a free consultation today.

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Jeffrey E. Kaufman
Michigan Workers Comp Attorney

Jeffrey E. Kaufman has extensive experience in workers compensation cases and has recovered millions of dollars in benefits for his clients. He believes all injured workers deserve to be on equal footing with insurance companies and employers, and fights tenaciously so their rights are secured and protected.


“Jeff also helped me with getting my Blue Cross bills paid. I would absolutely recommend him and the whole firm. Jeff and the firm did everything they were supposed to do for me and my case.”
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