Chamber News & Blog

June 2, 2016
Article type: Blog

The key triggers in employee engagement rely on building a corporate culture of transparency. Here are four best practices that company leaders can start using today: 

  1. Start a Blog – To help build solid workplace relationships, trust is #1....
June 2, 2016
Article type: Blog

E-Verify is a fast, free, and easy-to-use internet-based service run by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and partnership with the Social Security Administration that allows employers to verify the eligibility of their newly hired employees to...

June 1, 2016
Article type: Blog

Over 300,000 organizations in 170 countries have implemented ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems – Requirements with Guidance for Use, since it was originally published in 1996. A robust environmental management system (EMS) can help to ensure regulatory compliance, enhance...

June 1, 2016
Article type: News

Michigan Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Rich Studley today declared success for the Protect Michigan’s Energy Future coalition’s “Decline to Sign” efforts. Earlier today, fringe environmentalists trying to prevent hydraulic fracturing in Michigan announced their signature...

May 31, 2016
Article type: Blog

Large employers subject to the ACA Pay or Play Penalty were required to distribute 1095-Cs to each full-time employee by March 31, 2016. They had to then file the 1095-Cs with the IRS – along with a 1094-C transmittal form – by May 31, 2016 (if filing by mail) or June 31, 2016 (...

May 26, 2016
Article type: Blog

After years, maybe decades, of owning and managing your business, you have decided it is time to sell. Without question, the very first thing you should do is locate and carefully review all of your leases (operating, real estate, equipment, etc.), licenses, customer purchase orders, vendor...

May 25, 2016
Article type: News

Good news! Earlier today, the Senate Competitiveness Committee moved legislation that would repeal Michigan’s unique and uncompetitive Health Insurance Claims Assessment, or “HICA Tax.” The HICA Tax has added nearly $1 billion to the cost of health insurance since its enactment in...

May 23, 2016
Article type: Blog

Helen Oloroso, Assistant Dean and Director of the McCormick Office of Career Development, offers some helpful advice for employers considering starting a co-op program, and answers employers' most frequently asked questions:

What are the benefits of starting a co-op program?...

May 23, 2016
Article type: News

Progressive groups, including the Restaurant Opportunity and Mothering Justice, have suspended their campaign to place a paid sick leave proposal on the November 2016 ballot. The so-called “Time to Care Coalition” made their announcement last Friday, after it became clear they would...

May 23, 2016
Article type: News

In an unfortunate development, the Michigan House Tax Policy Committee last week passed legislation (House Bill 5578) that would dramatically change how real property is taxed in...