Chamber News & Blog

July 22, 2015
Article type: Blog

Not true when coined decades ago and not true today. So beware when an NLRB agent comes to investigate an unfair labor practice charge against your company and know with certainty that they are not there to help you.

Even though every employer with at least two employees is a potential...

July 17, 2015
Article type: Blog

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, a landmark decision in which it held all state laws banning same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. The effect of this decision is that same-sex marriage is now legal throughout the United States.

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July 15, 2015
Article type: Blog

Energy efficiency in Michigan recently grabbed headlines. In his March 13 speech, Governor Snyder stressed the elimination of “energy waste” as a cornerstone to moving toward a more renewable future. This speech stems from the fact that Michigan is on the verge of meeting the Renewable Portfolio...

July 14, 2015
Article type: Blog

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

MYTH: A fully automated/on-line performance management system from a reputable vendor will make sure that our performance management system is efficient and effective....

July 13, 2015
Article type: News

President Obama and the US Department of Labor have unveiled a proposal to unilaterally change the nation's overtime pay law. The proposed rules would dramatically expand the number of employees who can...

July 13, 2015
Article type: Blog

Good news!  The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) recently announced that employers may be eligible for a lower taxable wage base (TWB) for the third quarter of 2015. 

The TWB is the annual amount of wages paid by an employer to an employee that are...

July 13, 2015
Article type: Blog

Providing good roads is a core function of state government. Recently, both the Michigan Senate and State House passed plans to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges through cost-saving reforms, re-prioritizing spending and some new revenue. While neither the Senate nor House...

July 10, 2015
Article type: Blog

EMV is an acronym that stands for an organization formed by EuroPay, MasterCard and Visa to create standards for card-present transactions. To provide added security against fraud from counterfeit and lost or stolen cards, EMV uses a computer chip on credit and debit cards -- instead of the...

July 8, 2015
Article type: Blog

What’s the first question a job candidate might ask you during an interview? It’s not about their hours, your culture, or even your management style – it’s about your benefits package, specifically, healthcare coverage. Savvy candidates know that employer-sponsored health care programs are...

July 7, 2015
Article type: Blog

Of all levels of background screening services, a majority of businesses will request criminal records most often. And all types of criminal histories are revealed as a result. Some reflect minor issues, while others are extremely serious. The business must then determine how the criminal record...