Chamber News & Blog

May 18, 2016
Article type: News

August FLSA Overtime SeminarEarlier today, the US Department of Labor (DOL)...

May 18, 2016
Article type: Blog

Natural Gas Customer Choice permits you to shop for gas for your home or business from a diverse market of gas suppliers. You can select a gas supplier or do nothing and continue to get your gas from your local gas utility under existing regulated rates.

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May 17, 2016
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The Van Andel Global Trade Center State Trade & Export Program (STEP) works to increase the number of small business exporters and increases the value of exporters for those who currently trade overseas.

Qualifying Michigan companies can use the STEP program to help diversify their...

May 17, 2016
Article type: News

A property tax debate is emerging that could have significant consequences for Michigan taxpayers. Local government associations are currently advocating for passage of legislation to dramatically change the way real property assessments and appeals are conducted. Their goal is to...

May 16, 2016
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A new national study shows the sweeping reforms pushed by the Michigan Chamber in 2011 to Michigan’s workers’ compensation system continue to be successful in stabilizing the workers’ comp system and lowering costs for employers. 

The recently released...

May 13, 2016
Article type: Blog

As the Fintech (Financial Technology) industry grows, it has become apparent that it is no longer just a financial transaction, but a lifestyle that they must support.

Consumers and businesses expect instant results when it comes to transactions. Businesses no longer have to be tied to a...

May 12, 2016
Article type: Blog

With all the media coverage of federal and state minimum wage laws, do you know if the above statement is true or false? It is true: for most employees working in Michigan, the 2016 minimum wage is $8.50 per hour.  

However, it is false for some employees:

Tipped Employees...

May 11, 2016
Article type: Blog

In January 2016, the EEOC issued its proposed enforcement guidance on retaliation charges filed by employees. The public comment period for the proposed guidance is now closed. If you haven’t gone through it yet, settle in, make yourself comfortable and read the...

May 9, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Senate Energy & Technology Committee is heading into its third week of testimony on Senate Bills 437 and...

May 6, 2016
Article type: Blog

Docking the pay of exempt employees is only permissible in certain circumstances. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) governs wage and hour laws of nonexempt employees. The law requires employers to pay nonexempt employees at least the federal minimum wage and requires the payment of overtime...