Chamber News & Blog

October 27, 2015
Article type: News

The debate over whether to extend the Health Insurance Claims (HICA) Tax is back -- and it could easily turn into another fight over whether to increase the tax rate employers and individuals pay when purchasing health insurance. 


October 8, 2015
Article type: News

Thanks to the Michigan Chamber’s advocacy, the Senate Commerce Committee has referred legislation to the full Senate to clarify the instances an employee of a franchisee can be deemed an employee of a franchisor under state law. 


October 5, 2015
Article type: News

Franchisees and franchisors across the country are still reeling from the National Labor Relations Board’s new joint-employer rule.

Under the NLRB’s Browning-Ferris ruling, franchisors may be held responsible for labor violations committed by franchisees, upending a 30-year standard and...

October 2, 2015
Article type: News

A pay philosophy is a company's commitment to how it values employees. A consistent pay philosophy gives the company and the employee a frame of reference when discussing salary in a negotiation.

The goal of a pay philosophy is to attract, retain, and motivate employees. For companies in...

September 28, 2015
Article type: News

Chamber-supported legislation is on the move to make quarterly unemployment insurance (UI) tax bills more predictable for employers. The legislation passed a Senate committee last week and is expected to be voted on by the full Senate in the coming week. 

Under legislation passed in 2011...

September 21, 2015
Article type: News

Last week, the Michigan Chamber supported legislation considered by the Senate Economic Development Committee to make quarterly unemployment insurance (UI) tax bills more predictable for employers.

Under legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber in 2011, a UI...

September 2, 2015
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber has submitted comments to the US Department of Labor (US-DOL) regarding its proposal to substantially increase the number of workers qualifying for overtime, arguing the proposed rule goes too high, too fast and should be reconsidered. 


August 18, 2015
Article type: News

Michigan Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Rich Studley today announced the launch of a statewide campaign against the proposed $900 million corporate income tax hike by three construction unions. 

“We are strongly committed to informing voters about the...

August 10, 2015
Article type: News

The Board of State Canvassers has approved the formatting of the paid sick leave ballot petition, clearing the way for progressive groups to circulate petitions for signatures to place the issue on the November 2016 ballot. 

The ballot language, if approved, would...

July 23, 2015
Article type: News

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....