New ‘Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination’ poster should be displayed now

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has updated its “Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination” poster and BCN Services recommends replacing the current MDCR poster and is coordinating delivery of the new poster to all of its Michigan worksites.  Similar to other employment postings, employers are required to display the most current poster as notice of Michigan’s ban against discrimination in the workplace.

The MDCR enforces two state laws: The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act #453, Public Acts of 1976, as amended, and The Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act #220, Public Acts 1976, as amended.  The posting of “Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination” is a requirement of these Acts and reads in part:

  • MICHIGAN LAW PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION in Employment, Education, Housing, Public Accommodation, Law Enforcement or Public Service.
  • MICHIGAN LAW PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION BASED ON: Religion, Race, Color, National Origin, Sex, Disability, Age, Marital Status, Height, Weight, Arrest Record, Genetic Information, and familial status.

In the MDCR’s revision of the “Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination” poster, there is additional language requiring an applicant or employee with a disability to request any special accommodation within 182 days of when the applicant or employee knew, or reasonably should have known, of the need for the accommodation.  The request must be made in writing as specified in the posting:  Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for employment must notify their employers in writing within 182 days.

A covered employer (Michigan employers having one or more employees) must display the posting to give applicants or employees notification of the 182-day requirement.

If the revised posting and 182-day notification requirement sounds familiar, it is because the MDCR removed the language in 2011.  In 2017, the MDCR reconsidered and issued the revised posting which, once again, contains the 182-day written notice language.

As always, if you have questions about posting of required materials in your workplace or any other human resources question, the experts at BCN Services are here to help. Give us a call if we can answer any questions.

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Susan Price, Strategic Services Manager