Chamber News & Blog

February 6, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) received accolades from the Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) for helping the agency to create real-world experiences for high school students as they prepare for a career in business. Eaton RESA and the...

February 3, 2017
Article type: Blog

True or False:  Overtime hours must be paid at a rate of at least 1½ times the regular rate of pay. If you said “true” you are correct.  However, do you know what the “regular rate of pay” is and how to calculate payment for overtime hours?

The “regular rate of pay” is not simply...

February 2, 2017
Article type: Blog

Historical studies of employee theft suggest a general “10-10-80” rule of thumb. This proposes that 10% of employees will never steal, 10% will always steal, and 80% could go either way depending on circumstances and opportunity.

While the culture and example set at any company will...

February 1, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced legislative priorities for 2017-2018. These priorities were developed by the Chamber’s policy advisory committees and...

January 26, 2017
Article type: Blog

Yes, it’s that time of year again -- when the groans of managers can be heard over the mere mention of the words, “Annual Performance Reviews.” Many managers see performance appraisals as nothing more than an empty, bureaucratic exercise forced on them by HR. And simply search the...

January 24, 2017
Article type: Blog

On November 18, 2016, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule aimed at improving several aspects of certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. This rule codifies longstanding Immigration Agency policies and practices established as a result...

January 17, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Legislature ended the 2015-2016 legislative session on a high note with passage of critical legislation to ensure Michigan’s energy future, says the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Revising and updating Michigan’s energy policy to strengthen the state’s competitiveness was...

January 17, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Legislature has barely begun the 2017-18 session and already we have some key topics that members should be aware of! Alarm bells are starting to ring at Michigan Chamber and staff have taken action and assumed a leadership role in protecting the interests of job...

January 9, 2017
Article type: News

The Board of Directors of the Michigan Chamber has elected new officers to the Chamber’s Executive Committee for 2017. The Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Michigan Chamber set policy and establish priorities for the statewide business organization on key economic...

December 21, 2016
Article type: Blog

Last week, one third of the country saw thermometers hit triple digits. Across the nation, air conditioners are cranking and sprinklers are chugging away as millions continue to seek relief from the summer heat.
While grateful for the welcome relief provided by utilities, many of us are...