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New Employee Orientation

Employee Orientation

New Employee Orientation

New Hire Forms

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1. New Hires Only: Please do your part and complete New Hire Forms though your State of Michigan NEOGOV account.

2. Review your Benefit Options online.

Introduction to Employee Benefits

State employment benefits include everything from health insurance to retirement income and are worth about 40% of your salary.

This page gives a brief explanation of some of the benefits that are provided by the State of Michigan according to union contracts or Civil Service Rules. See details on these and other employment information at and click on "New Hire Orientation."

Leave Time

Full time employees receive between 15 and 35 vacation leave days per year. Employees also receive 13 sick days per year, and employees receive 8 hours of leave to participate in certain school functions or community activities. Employees may also qualify for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain family or medical situations. This benefit is not available to student assistants.


State employees receive 12 scheduled holidays each year, which include New Years Eve Day and New Years Day, Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day just to name a few. This benefit is not available to student assistants.

Alternative Work Schedules

Flexible work schedules and telecommuting options are available in many jobs.

Insurance and Other Benefits

Insurances include health, vision, dental and life. Employees also have the option to purchase additional life, accidental death, long term disability, long term care insurance, and legal services. Flexible spending accounts for medical expenses and child care are also available. This benefit is not available to student assistants.

As a new employee, there are few key points that you need to remember about enrolling your benefits:


  • Enrollment for health, vision, dental, employee/dependent life, Long Term Disability (LTD) and Flexible Spending MUST be completed within the first 31 days of hire.
  • After completion of benefits enrollment, coverage will be effective on the first day of the bi-weekly payroll period following EITHER your first day of employment OR the date when the enrollment process is completed, whichever is later.
  • If enrollment is NOT made within the first 31 days of hire, the next opportunity for obtaining benefits will be during annual open enrollment.


Deferred Compensation

Employees may invest income in a tax-deferred retirement investment program. The state offers two optional deferred compensation plans, the 457 and 401(k). Employees decide the amount you want deducted from your paycheck.


Employees receive a minimum 4% state contribution toward their retirement fund. If an employee elects to contribute more, the state will match that percentage (up to 3%).