Chamber News/Blog

August 16, 2016

Total exports from Michigan helped contribute to the $2.23 trillion of U.S. goods and services exports in 2015. Nationally, U.S. jobs supported by exports reached an estimated 11.7 million in 2014, up 1.8 million since 2009. In 2014, goods exports from the state of Michigan supported nearly 271,...

August 15, 2016

Earlier this year the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a published opinion holding that a unitary business group control test is met through indirect ownership but not through attributed or constructive ownership. On June 27, 2016, the Michigan Department of Treasury (the “Department”) filed an...

August 11, 2016

Tragedies often lead to additional tragedies. When under the influence of the shock of traumatic stress, people, families, organizations, and communities often make uncharacteristic errors in judgment that lead to further losses.

Drunk driving charges, impulsive spending, violence at home...

August 9, 2016

Particularly for your younger job applicants, it would be safe to say that many, if not most, of them have one or more social media accounts. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or any of the others, they are freely exposing aspects of their personal lives all around the globe.

Many...

August 8, 2016

Employment costs fall into several broad categories:

Recruiting Expenses

Finding technically qualified people who can function effectively in a rapidly growing startup venture is not easy task.  In an earlier column we discussed the economic alternatives for head...

August 8, 2016

The federal government released two mandatory labor law poster updates.

  1. The revised Fair Labor Standards Act (federal minimum wage) notice contains new sections on employee classifications (independent contractors vs. employees) and break time for nursing mothers.
  2. The new...
August 3, 2016

The August 2, 2016 Primary Election was a very good day for job providers and the Michigan Chamber. Across the state, voters cast ballots for commonsense conservatives who support limited government and will stand up for free enterprise. The Michigan Chamber PAC was heavily involved...

July 21, 2016

Most of us have heard – or said – MOMisms and DADisms like “Because I said so!”, “Don't ask me WHY. The answer is NO.” and “Enough is enough!” And while parents may effectively get away with such terms, HR managers cannot. You will hear retorts like “You’re not the boss of me”, “Stop harassing...

July 20, 2016

Across the nation, air conditioners are cranking and sprinklers are chugging away as millions continue to seek relief from the summer heat.

While grateful for the welcome relief provided by utilities, many of us are increasingly mindful of the precious resources we are tapping. Just...

July 19, 2016

The European Union (EU) is the world's largest single trading block, generating greater than 20 percent of global GDP ($17.6 trillion), which is $950 billion more than the U.S.

In 2014, U.S. exports of goods to Europe was greater than $270 billion and services was greater than $210...