Chamber News & Blog

October 23, 2016
Article type: News

After almost a year of negotiations, the Michigan Chamber has won enough changes to support Senate Bill 437. The new substitute bill, combined with some clarifying...

October 20, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement as legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber advances to the Governor to repeal an anti-competitive tax on individuals and businesses purchasing health insurance. The Health Insurance Claims Assessment, or "...

October 19, 2016
Article type: Blog

Abstract: Energy production on private lands in the United States has been one of the most promising success stories in recent years, at a time when the country has struggled to grow economically. A large part of the success behind this tremendous oil and gas production and...

October 18, 2016
Article type: Blog

The following two maps show the most valuable import and export in each state in America by dollar value. The maps were prepared by cost estimating website Fixr.com using 2014 data from the US Census Bureau.  ...

October 13, 2016
Article type: Blog

Decades after its initial passage, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) continues to be one of the most difficult employment laws for employers to manage in the workplace. The law is complex and often disruptive to business operations. However, it gives employees a substantial number of benefits...

October 12, 2016
Article type: Blog

What do some corporate retirement planners know that you don’t? There’s gold in them there private health exchanges! Savings to US Companies who move their retirees to private health care exchanges could be in the trillions,...

October 10, 2016
Article type: News

The US House of Representatives passed a bill in late September to delay by six months the effective date of the Department of Labor's (DOL's) controversial overtime regulations. Under the legislation, the rule would take effect on June 1, 2017 instead of December 1, 2016. ...

October 10, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber has played a leadership role in legislative efforts to reform Michigan’s workers’ compensation system. These reforms continue to be hugely successful in stabilizing Michigan’s workers’ compensation system and have resulted in a 39 percent decrease in premiums...

October 7, 2016
Article type: Blog

Complying with wage and hour law and doing payroll are vital components of the process of paying your employees. First, however, you must decide what amount to pay them. What other employers in comparable businesses are paying is a good way to determine what an employee's salary or salary range...

October 5, 2016
Article type: Blog

New Federal Requirements took Effect August 10, 2016

New requirements that call for employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they already record took effect Aug. 10, 2016, with phased in data submissions beginning in 2017. These requirements do not add to or...