Chamber News & Blog

April 19, 2016
Article type: Blog

For American companies, exporting makes more sense now than ever before. Exporting has become a lot easier for companies of every size, including small and medium-sized businesses that may previously have found it challenging.

But exporting is undeniably more complicated than selling...

April 8, 2016
Article type: Blog

With the nearby deadline of April 15th to file taxes, there is also the looming tax scams that affect millions of Americans.  IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen warns, “Don’t be fooled. The IRS won’t be calling you out of the blue asking you to verify your personal tax information or aggressively...

April 7, 2016
Article type: Blog

After remaining mostly status quo for a number of years, many programs dealing with waste and remediation will be changing in 2016 and we will see the implementation of changes that arrived in 2015.

  1. In 2015 we saw the resurrection of an underground storage tank (UST) fund in Michigan...
April 5, 2016
Article type: Blog

At our offices we are always amazed when we get a new client who tells us they have never done any background checks. Certainly, we value their business and trust in us, but we know that any business is at risk when they are clueless regarding the people they are employing.

What...

April 1, 2016
Article type: Blog

Wages have grown over the past few years at rates similar to historical trends. The frequently repeated claim that wages are “stagnant” is at odds with six measures of wages and compensation, which indicate that hourly and weekly real wages (wages adjusted for price inflation) have grown between...

March 31, 2016
Article type: News

Hiring can be a costly venture for most employers. The studies on costs of employee turnover are very broad and what makes it so hard to predict are the many intangible and often untracked costs. In general, turnover costs vary by wage and role of the employee. Here are some average costs of...

March 29, 2016
Article type: News

Twelve Lansing, Michigan area high school students were awarded $5,000 to launch their businesses this spring and summer after pitching their startup ideas to Michigan business leaders at an event hosted last week by the Michigan Chamber Foundation. Local businesses who participated...

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 28, 2016
Article type: News

As the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule moves to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for review and promulgation, members of Congress have introduced legislation to stop the rule in its tracks. The Michigan Chamber applauds the introduction of this important...

March 28, 2016
Article type: Blog

The Michigan Chamber is urging the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to stop the proposed cuts to employer-sponsored Medicare Advantage (MA) Retiree Coverage, also known as Employer Group Waiver Plans (EGWP). 

Nationally, employers, including...