Chamber News & Blog

October 14, 2015
Article type: Blog

What do some corporate retirement planners know that you don’t? There’s gold in them there private health exchanges! Savings to US Companies who move their retirees to private health care exchanges could be in the trillions,...

October 13, 2015
Article type: Blog

Most employers have established employment policies, either in writing or through practice, that attempt to define the relationship between the employer and employees. Employers may circulate memos as the need arises or even establish policies by word of mouth. Many employers, however, fail to...

October 9, 2015
Article type: Blog

All payment card transactions include a charge called an interchange fee. Maybe you’ve heard the term but aren’t quite clear about what it is and why it is charged. Here is a basic explanation:

Q: What is interchange?
A: It is the process in which...

October 8, 2015
Article type: News

Thanks to the Michigan Chamber’s advocacy, the Senate Commerce Committee has referred legislation to the full Senate to clarify the instances an employee of a franchisee can be deemed an employee of a franchisor under state law. 

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October 6, 2015
Article type: Blog

Every year businesses deal with damaging and costly legal battles because a single question on a job application violated federal law. So, it is important that you check your job applications (paper and online) regularly to ensure they comply with federal and state laws.

You likely...

October 5, 2015
Article type: News

Franchisees and franchisors across the country are still reeling from the National Labor Relations Board’s new joint-employer rule.

Under the NLRB’s Browning-Ferris ruling, franchisors may be held responsible for labor violations committed by franchisees, upending a 30-year standard and...

October 5, 2015
Article type: Blog

Chamber-supported legislation to make quarterly unemployment insurance (UI) tax bills more predictable for employers was passed by the Senate last week by a 26-9 vote. 

The Senate Republican caucus overcame opposition by the Democratic caucus to tie the change to an...

October 5, 2015
Article type: Blog

October 1 marked the effective date of significant reforms to Michigan’s wage garnishment system.  The legislation was championed by the Michigan Chamber after we received numerous complaints from members about various administrative issues, costs and legal snarls associated with...

October 5, 2015
Article type: Blog

Great news! Last week, State Senator Jack Brandenburg introduced Senate Bill 538 to further improve administration of Michigan’s Unclaimed Property Act (also known as Escheats...

October 2, 2015
Article type: News

A pay philosophy is a company's commitment to how it values employees. A consistent pay philosophy gives the company and the employee a frame of reference when discussing salary in a negotiation.

The goal of a pay philosophy is to attract, retain, and motivate employees. For companies in...