Chamber News & Blog

February 16, 2016
Article type: News

Good news! In his proposed budget for Michigan's 2016-2017 fiscal year, Governor Snyder is asking lawmakers for a 75 percent increase in funding for skilled trades training and technical education. This includes a proposed doubling of the $10 million trades program that partially...

February 16, 2016
Article type: News

Legislation moved forward in the State House last week to require Michigan’s State Superintendent to issue waivers to schools wishing to implement to a year-round school calendar. 

Current law requires Michigan schools to start after Labor Day. This legislation will...

February 16, 2016
Article type: Blog

Michigan is well-positioned to attract global customers as a manufacturing leader and innovator. Global trade is a key component of the state’s economy, representing hundreds of thousands of jobs. Ninety-five percent of consumers are located outside the U.S. so the ability to grow and compete...

February 16, 2016
Article type: News

The Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) mailed a batch of noncompliance determinations to employers in January, notifying them that they would be charged for claims for which they do not provide “adequate or timely” information to the UIA in the calendar year. Employers should...

February 16, 2016
Article type: News

Legislation to allow a limited expansion of locally-approved sinking funds for school security improvements and technology equipment has been introduced by State Rep. Mike McCready (R-Birmingham). The idea originated last session in the wake of a number of shooting tragedies as a way...

February 12, 2016
Article type: Blog

Instances of card-not-present (CNP) fraud will likely increase over the next two to three years with the U.S. adoption of credit and debit chip cards. This was the case in European countries, following EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) adoption.

To truly protect customer credit card and...

February 11, 2016
Article type: Blog

Although pregnancy is not defined as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act (PWDCRA), a pregnant employee may suffer from complications that render her disabled or handicapped within the meaning of those statutes....

February 11, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement in response to the House Democrats’ plan to halt safe and reliable energy exploration in Michigan, including hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”

“Unhappy with safe, reliable energy exploration,...

February 10, 2016
Article type: Blog

Here is a look at three of the top employment law issues human resources departments will likely face in 2016:

  1. Misclassification of Employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is on the verge of issuing new regulations “white...
February 9, 2016
Article type: Blog

The recent improvements in the real estate market, and the shift toward city living, have made urban real estate redevelopment more desirable. However, with the uncertainties and increased costs of redevelopment, incentives are still a necessary component of many projects. Not only do these...