Chamber News/Blog

July 30, 2015

The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards* following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other...

July 29, 2015

This is part two of a three-part blog series on performance development.

MYTH – A cascading process with cascading goals will ensure that what everyone is working on will support our business objectives.

The idea of cascading goals is built on the...

July 27, 2015

Poor alignment of American businesses with the schools that train their workers is creating a "skills gap" that may make it hard to fill as many as 650,000 technical- and science-based jobs by 2018.

The country needs a shift in how industry and educational institutions relate to each...

July 23, 2015

This is part one of two in a blog series on fixed assets.

You are contemplating the sale of your manufacturing business (or for that matter any business rich in fixed assets), and you are unsure how (1) your fixed assets are valued and (2) the impact the valuation has on the...

July 23, 2015

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement by Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley in response to a ballot question committee announcing a petition drive to almost double Michigan’s Corporate Income Tax (CIT) from six percent to 11 percent....

July 22, 2015

Not true when coined decades ago and not true today. So beware when an NLRB agent comes to investigate an unfair labor practice charge against your company and know with certainty that they are not there to help you.

Even though every employer with at least two employees is a potential...

July 17, 2015

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, a landmark decision in which it held all state laws banning same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. The effect of this decision is that same-sex marriage is now legal throughout the United States.

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July 15, 2015

Energy efficiency in Michigan recently grabbed headlines. In his March 13 speech, Governor Snyder stressed the elimination of “energy waste” as a cornerstone to moving toward a more renewable future. This speech stems from the fact that Michigan is on the verge of meeting the Renewable Portfolio...

July 14, 2015

This is part one of a three-part blog series on performance development.

MYTH: A fully automated/on-line performance management system from a reputable vendor will make sure that our performance management system is efficient and effective....

July 13, 2015

President Obama and the US Department of Labor have unveiled a proposal to unilaterally change the nation's overtime pay law. The proposed rules would dramatically expand the number of employees who can...