Chamber News/Blog

July 2, 2015

People work for two reasons. One is the paycheck, of course. But there’s another reason that is equally -- if not more -- important than a paycheck.

The thing is, we expect to be paid for that work. Pay is a given. And higher pay, while certainly nice, doesn’t automatically lead...

July 1, 2015

As an employer, you are likely to receive an EEOC charge sooner or later. An individual charge empowers the EEOC to investigate not only an individual employee’s charge, but also your policies and practices in general.  

These EEOC investigations can become the gateway to potential...

July 1, 2015

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today applauded the Michigan Senate for their leadership in passing a comprehensive plan to fix Michigan’s roads. 

“We commend Senate Majority Leader Meekhof and his colleagues who took the bold step of passing a meaningful package of...

June 30, 2015

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement by Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley regarding a road funding plan reported out of committee by the Michigan Senate.

“We applaud Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (Grand Haven)...

June 25, 2015

Today, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the availability of subsidies in health insurance Exchanges run by the federal government. In a 6-3 decision, the Court upheld the availability of subsidies in both state and federal Exchanges...

June 23, 2015

During the so called “Great Recession” most employers naturally and prudently acted cautiously regarding compensation decisions. One of the first areas to suffer was total compensation. Employers reduced or suspended salary increases and bonuses, and tried to hold the line on benefit costs....

June 22, 2015

Despite strong opposition from local government and organized labor, legislation prohibiting local units of government from adopting laws related to employee wages or benefits, such as local leave mandates, local wage or fringe benefit mandates, local scheduling or shift mandates and...

June 22, 2015

It’s 10:15 AM, and the professional who’s graciously agreed to let me shadow her for the day has just finished answering my questions about her career path, what she likes and dislikes about the job, and how to break into her industry. Now she is staring at me. I smile back. The panic that plays...

June 19, 2015

What’s the first question a job candidate might ask you during an interview? It’s not about their hours, your culture, or even your management style – it’s about your benefits package, specifically, healthcare coverage. Savvy candidates know that employer-sponsored health care programs are...

June 17, 2015

No matter what their role or position, everyone can pitch in to save energy. Here are ideas for:

  • Employees
  • Executives
  • Building managers

Email them, read them at your next staff meeting, add them to your intranet, or post them in high visibility areas...