Chamber News & Blog

March 28, 2016
Article type: Blog

The Michigan Department of Treasury recently announced changes to its online filing portal, Michigan Treasury Online (MTO). These changes will take effect on April 4, 2016.

Treasury has added the Essential Service Assessment (ESA) to MTO. ESA is a state-specific tax...

March 28, 2016
Article type: Blog

College students across the country are getting ready to battle it out over summer internship positions, but which companies offer the best program?

Traditionally, Wall Street offered the most coveted spots, where bright-eyed, fresh-faced newbies started and ended their days to the sounds...

March 24, 2016
Article type: Blog

For industries such as retail, distribution, and manufacturing, disagreements over the value of inventory can kill deals. It is basically a non-issue in the valuation process when it comes to industries with little or no inventory like service, professional, IT, etc.

For retail and...

March 23, 2016
Article type: Blog

On July 15, 2015, David Weil, the Administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Wage and Hour Division, issued an Administrator’s Interpretation aimed at addressing the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. According to Administrator Weil, most workers qualify as...

March 22, 2016
Article type: Blog

Not knowing the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules can cost you more money in addition to back pay. This is a lesson learned the hard way by the employer in Souryavong v. Lackawanna County, 2016 BL 26447 (MD PA 2016).

All employers should know that the FLSA requires that employees...

March 21, 2016
Article type: News

As previously reported, the Snyder Administration and some House lawmakers are calling for measures that would result in a car insurance tax increase on law-abiding Michigan drivers. Unfortunately, two bills (...

March 21, 2016
Article type: News

Are you considering running for State Representative in 2016? If so, make sure you have your filing form turned in by April 19th at 4:00pm. This election year, all 110 State House seats will be up for grabs, but 41 of them will be “open seats” due to term limits or the current...

March 21, 2016
Article type: News

Lansing, Michigan-area high school entrepreneurs will present their business plans before a panel of business leaders, entrepreneurs and a public audience on for up to $5,000 in startup funding. The event will be held on Thursday, March 24 at the Michigan Chamber's Lansing...

March 17, 2016
Article type: Blog

True or False: Human resource employees sit in their office and drink coffee/soda tracking their NCAA brackets all day, since their job is simple in an at-will employment state?  

True or False: Since Michigan is an “at-will” employment state, whenever...

March 16, 2016
Article type: Blog

Although you may have only a handful of major wireless providers to choose from, each offers an array of plans, services, devices, and pricing. Voice, messaging, and data aren’t the only options now that you have mobile Internet for laptops, tablets, and even mobile Wi-Fi hotspots.

This...