Chamber News/Blog

March 26, 2015

The biggest surprise many business sellers receive concerns what parts of the business are actually being sold. What should presumably be a simple concept is regrettably often quite complex and not intuitive. Here is a primer on what you might encounter during the sale of your business.

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March 23, 2015

Several years ago, the company I worked for offered — and most likely still offers — a benefit I find valuable: a free education. Included in the benefits package was reimbursement for certain tuition expenses. The company would pay ninety percent of all costs of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in...

March 20, 2015

On Feb. 25, 2015, the DOL issued a final rule under the FMLA that expands federal family leave rights for same-sex spouses, regardless of where same-sex couples reside. The DOL’s new guidance for same-sex spouses takes effect on March 27, 2015. This Compliance Bulletin summarizes the final rule’...

March 19, 2015

In December 2012, Governor Snyder signed the Michigan Internet Privacy Protection Act (IPPA) into law. The IPPA prohibits schools and employers from asking employees/students to allow the company/school access to their personal social media accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter and Gmail. The IPPA...

March 18, 2015

Understanding your utility bill is an important first step in lowering your energy costs. This guide from the Michigan Public Service Commission is a summary of the specific charges and...

March 16, 2015

There are a lot of easy things that employers could do to improve their 401(k) plans—and the retirement security of their workers. They just need prodding. “We’re encouraging workers to speak up and employers to reach out and talk to their people,” says Catherine Collinson, president of the...

March 15, 2015

The Michigan Chamber last week testified in strong opposition to the State of Michigan’s continued use of third-party contingent-fee auditors.

This style of auditing relies on third-party...

March 15, 2015

The Michigan Chamber challenged Gov. Snyder’s proposal to increase taxes on health insurance purchasers head-on last week in testimony before the Department of Community Health Appropriations Subcommittee in the State House. We voiced our strong opposition to the Governor’s proposal...

March 15, 2015

A few weeks ago, we told you that House Joint Resolution A was introduced by State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) on the first day of the new legislative session, which...

March 15, 2015

Great news! The Michigan Senate Finance Committee last week heard testimony on two Senate bills to rein in the Michigan Department of Treasury’s continued assessment of Michigan job providers who are using software services accessed over the Internet. During testimony, the Michigan...