Chamber News & Blog

May 17, 2016
Article type: Blog

The Van Andel Global Trade Center State Trade & Export Program (STEP) works to increase the number of small business exporters and increases the value of exporters for those who currently trade overseas.

Qualifying Michigan companies can use the STEP program to help diversify their...

May 16, 2016
Article type: News

A new national study shows the sweeping reforms pushed by the Michigan Chamber in 2011 to Michigan’s workers’ compensation system continue to be successful in stabilizing the workers’ comp system and lowering costs for employers. 

The recently released...

May 13, 2016
Article type: Blog

As the Fintech (Financial Technology) industry grows, it has become apparent that it is no longer just a financial transaction, but a lifestyle that they must support.

Consumers and businesses expect instant results when it comes to transactions. Businesses no longer have to be tied to a...

May 12, 2016
Article type: Blog

With all the media coverage of federal and state minimum wage laws, do you know if the above statement is true or false? It is true: for most employees working in Michigan, the 2016 minimum wage is $8.50 per hour.  

However, it is false for some employees:

Tipped Employees...

May 11, 2016
Article type: Blog

In January 2016, the EEOC issued its proposed enforcement guidance on retaliation charges filed by employees. The public comment period for the proposed guidance is now closed. If you haven’t gone through it yet, settle in, make yourself comfortable and read the...

May 9, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Senate Energy & Technology Committee is heading into its third week of testimony on Senate Bills 437 and...

May 6, 2016
Article type: Blog

Docking the pay of exempt employees is only permissible in certain circumstances. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) governs wage and hour laws of nonexempt employees. The law requires employers to pay nonexempt employees at least the federal minimum wage and requires the payment of overtime...

May 5, 2016
Article type: Blog

Here are ten best practices for employers during the hiring process with regard to employment applications:

  1. In most cases, require the application form to be filled out, instead of merely accepting a resume. If both are obtained, observe any inconsistencies.
  2. Include a...
May 3, 2016
Article type: Blog

You hear and read stories about companies that require job applicants to reveal their social media accounts, including passwords. These companies believe that by viewing an applicant’s social media activity they can get a better handle on his or her ability to be a productive employee.


May 2, 2016
Article type: News

Progressive groups hoping to place mandated paid sick leave on the November 2016 ballot suggested last week that they will meet the 252,523 signature threshold by June 1. The “MI Time to Care” coalition’s...