Chamber News/Blog

February 11, 2016

Although pregnancy is not defined as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act (PWDCRA), a pregnant employee may suffer from complications that render her disabled or handicapped within the meaning of those statutes....

February 11, 2016

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement in response to the House Democrats’ plan to halt safe and reliable energy exploration in Michigan, including hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”

“Unhappy with safe, reliable energy exploration,...

February 10, 2016

Here is a look at three of the top employment law issues human resources departments will likely face in 2016:

  1. Misclassification of Employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is on the verge of issuing new regulations “white...
February 9, 2016

The recent improvements in the real estate market, and the shift toward city living, have made urban real estate redevelopment more desirable. However, with the uncertainties and increased costs of redevelopment, incentives are still a necessary component of many projects. Not only do these...

February 5, 2016

On Jan. 29, the White House announced that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will issue proposed regulations to modify the Employer Information Report, known as the EEO-1, to include collecting pay data from employers with more than 100 employees. The EEOC says it needs this pay...

February 2, 2016

Although federal laws and regulations cover most of the everyday employment issues you face, states still retain the right to create their own laws. And that’s where you need to be careful.

For instance, when criminal records are checked in Michigan, those records may be different from...

February 1, 2016

More Michigan employers and educators are using apprenticeships to train job seekers for new careers, a trend that could continue as federal and state governments focus on the programs.

There are about 9,100 apprentices in registered apprenticeship programs in Michigan, up from 7,500 in...

February 1, 2016

The Michigan Chamber testified before the Senate Insurance Committee last week in opposition to a bill that would add another mandated health insurance benefit to the books. Senate...

February 1, 2016

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is reminding Michigan employers they are required to post the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2015.

Employers must post the...

January 28, 2016

Employers have the responsibility to provide a safe workplace. Employers must provide their workers with a workplace that does not have serious hazards and must follow all OSHA safety and health standards. Employers must find and correct safety and health problems. OSHA further requires that...