Chamber News & Blog

March 9, 2016
Article type: Blog

Our political “silly season” should be nearing an end soon. The political debates have finally taken on a more serious tone; questions no longer resemble tabloid fodder. The future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gets significant attention and each candidate has a strong position on what it...

March 8, 2016
Article type: News

The Snyder Administration and some state lawmakers are flirting with the idea of eliminating a tax credit that currently helps offset the costs associated with covering individuals who are hurt in accidents caused by uninsured drivers. This move would worsen already high auto...

March 8, 2016
Article type: News

Members who volunteer and participate on the Chamber’s Tax Policy Committee had the opportunity last week to visit with the new Deputy State Treasurer Greg Gursky at the committee’s quarterly meeting. Mr. Gursky came to Treasury with a wealth...

March 4, 2016
Article type: Blog

Economic growth starts with the individual, not the state

MLive columnist Rick Haglund is skeptical about the state’s choices of favored industries, noting that much of the Michigan Business Development Program subsidies go to manufacturers. “[D]eluded by the recent resurgence of...

March 3, 2016
Article type: Blog

If you’re disappointed that people don’t respond to your emails, try these four simple ways to get answers from professional email duckers. You’ll reduce your stress and improve your results:

  1. Motivate the reader with a great subject line. Perhaps you aren’t satisfied...
March 2, 2016
Article type: Blog

On June 26, 2013 in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court opined that certain portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) - the act barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages - were unconstitutional. Consequently, same sex couples with a valid state...

March 1, 2016
Article type: Blog

There seem to be a growing number of laws and individual state/county/city restrictions being placed on employers who want to build safe and reliable workforces via a program of background checks.  On top of this, employers are being sued left and right because they aren’t conducting background...

February 24, 2016
Article type: Blog

Most businesses have unclaimed property resulting from normal operations – any asset, tangible or intangible, belonging to a third party that remains unclaimed for a specified period of time. Businesses and government entities are required to report and remit to the Michigan Department of...

February 24, 2016
Article type: News

Legislation is on its way to the Governor that will allow the state to eventually repeal Michigan’s punitive Health Insurance Claims Assessment (or “HICA Tax”) and move towards an alternative solution that maintains the necessary revenue while making health insurance more affordable...

February 23, 2016
Article type: Blog

Imagine you are the Human Resources Manager at one of the “Top 100 Best Workplaces” in the state and that your company has a state of the art anti-harassment / anti-discrimination policy. You train all your employees about this policy every year demanding that employees treat each other with...