Chamber News & Blog

August 10, 2015
Article type: Blog

As a result of the UI legislative package supported by the Michigan Chamber in 2011, the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Taxable Wage Base (TWB) is expected to roll back effective with the third quarter 2015 tax filings in October. This is good news for employers, as it will translate...

August 7, 2015
Article type: Blog

There are many ways to measure the success of an entrepreneur, including the number of new ideas launched, the revenue and profits earned, and the ways in which he or she serves an industry or a community. But perhaps the chief among these is the impact the entrepreneur is able to have on the...

August 6, 2015
Article type: Blog

Employers considering whether to allow the downloading of work email to employee smartphones and other mobile devices, need to be aware of a few key issues. An employment practice such as this could lead to potential violations of wage and hour law and/or HIPAA compliance issues.

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August 5, 2015
Article type: Blog

When asked about measuring human resources, many HR professionals will say the work is intangible, has too many variables, and cannot be accurately measured, so it is not worth the time. That is a myth!

The truth is:

  • HR can measure what it does in...
August 4, 2015
Article type: Blog

Only a minor percentage of your job applicants will have a serious criminal record or a problem with a driver’s license. More issues are found when employment and education are confirmed.

For instance, an applicant can indicate his/her work responsibilities and time period of employment...

July 30, 2015
Article type: Blog

The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards* following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other...

July 29, 2015
Article type: Blog

This is part two of a three-part blog series on performance development.

MYTH – A cascading process with cascading goals will ensure that what everyone is working on will support our business objectives.

The idea of cascading goals is built on the...

July 27, 2015
Article type: Blog

Poor alignment of American businesses with the schools that train their workers is creating a "skills gap" that may make it hard to fill as many as 650,000 technical- and science-based jobs by 2018.

The country needs a shift in how industry and educational institutions relate to each...

July 23, 2015
Article type: Blog

This is part one of two in a blog series on fixed assets.

You are contemplating the sale of your manufacturing business (or for that matter any business rich in fixed assets), and you are unsure how (1) your fixed assets are valued and (2) the impact the valuation has on the...

July 23, 2015
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement by Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley in response to a ballot question committee announcing a petition drive to almost double Michigan’s Corporate Income Tax (CIT) from six percent to 11 percent....