City of Saginaw, Michigan

If other people work for you, you have the responsibilities to both the state and federal governments. NOTE: If the business is a corporation, anyone who performs services for the corporation or receives remuneration (including any "owner") is considered an employee. Following is a list of those responsibilities.

State and Federal Taxes

Employers must register with the Internal Revenue Service at 800-829-4933 or online at, and the Michigan Department of Treasury at 800-367-6263 or online at, for social security tax and income tax withholding for their employees. These taxes must be withheld from each employee's wages and paid to the appropriate taxing agency. Some cities levy a city income tax. Contact the City Treasurer's Office for information.

State Unemployment Insurance

Employers must register with the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) for unemployment tax purposes. Contact the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) at 800-638-3994 or online at

Federal Unemployment Insurance

Employers must also pay federal unemployment taxes. Contact the Internal Revenue Service at 800-829-4933 or online at for information. The employer pays unemployment taxes - no deduction is allowed from any employee's wages.

Workers Compensation

Most employers are required to provide workers' compensation coverage for their employees. A worker's compensation policy is purchased from a private insurance company. Contact the Worker's Compensation Agency of the Department of Labor & Economic Growth at 888-396-5041 or online at

Health And Safety Standards

Employers must comply with health and safety standards under federal and state Occupation Safety and Health Acts (OSHA), and Right-To-Know laws. Contact the Office of Occupational Safety & Health Administration at

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

The ADA protects people with disabilities from discrimination in employment, government services and public accommodations. To order ADA publications, call 800-514-0301 or order online at

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

The goal of this program is to provide equal opportunities for all qualified people in employment. To learn more, contact the Michigan Department of Civil Rights at 313-456-3700 or online at

New Hire Reporting

A provision of the Federal Welfare Reform Act requires employers to report to the Michigan Department of Treasury basic information on all newly hired or rehired employees within 20 days of hiring. Required information includes: the business name, address and Federal Employer Identification Number; employee name, address and Social Security Number. For further information, contact the Michigan New Hire Operations Center at 800-524-9846 or online at