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Happy New Year!

We're about to enter 2024 in just a few short days. So much has happened in 2023. We saw new businesses open, and sadly, some other businesses close. Michigan had some people become millionaires from the lottery.

And while many people are contemplating what their resolutions are going to be for the new year, there are some other things we should think about too.

New Laws in Michigan in 2024

As we head into the new year, you need to be in the know about some new Michigan laws that affect you.

There are eight new laws going in affect. One begins on January 1st, and the others will take affect on February 14th or after.

Let's take a look at each law and what they mean.

1. Minimum Wage Increase

Minimum Wage
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Michigan's minimum wage will increase from $10.10 to $10.33/hour. In addition, the pay rate for minors aged 16 and 17 will increase to $8.78/hour and tipped employees will receive an hourly rate of $3.93. This is the only one of the new laws to take affect on January 1st.

2. Gun Laws

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New laws on background checks, conceal carry, "red flags", and a gun ban for domestic violence abusers will all take effect in 2024.

3. Expansion to the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act (LGBTQIA+ Rights and Protections)

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer expanded the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act which grants the LGBTQ+ community more protections from discrimination in the workplace, when accessing public services, education, and housing.

4. Voter Pre-Registration for Teens


The law allows 16-year-olds to pre-register by requiring the Michigan Department of Education to work with the Secretary of State to coordinate on eligibility and material.

5. No More Right-to-Work

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Previously, "right-to-work" allowed those who worked in unionized places to receive coverage from the union without having to pay dues or fees. This has been repealed.

6. Working Towards Clean Energy

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via Al Garcia

New legislation will help Michigan strive towards 100% clean energy by 2040.

7. Prevailing Wage Act Returns

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Photo via Canva

The new act requires contractors hired for state projects to pay union-level wages. Opponents of prevailing wage generally argue it artificially raises the cost of state construction jobs.

8. Repealing of the Third-Grade Reading Law

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Previously, if kids in school were struggling with reading and writing to the point that they were more than one grade level behind, they would be held back. This law is no more.

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