Chamber News & Blog

July 6, 2015
Article type: News

Good news! Governor Snyder has signed legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber prohibiting local units of government from adopting laws related to employee wages or benefits, such as local leave mandates, local wage or fringe benefit mandates, local scheduling or shift mandates...

July 6, 2015
Article type: News

President Obama unveiled his proposal to unilaterally change the nation's overtime pay law last week, announcing a rule change to dramatically expand the number of employees who can qualify for overtime pay. The proposed rule would raise the threshold for guaranteed overtime pay from...

July 2, 2015
Article type: Blog

People work for two reasons. One is the paycheck, of course. But there’s another reason that is equally -- if not more -- important than a paycheck.

The thing is, we expect to be paid for that work. Pay is a given. And higher pay, while certainly nice, doesn’t automatically lead...

July 1, 2015
Article type: Blog

As an employer, you are likely to receive an EEOC charge sooner or later. An individual charge empowers the EEOC to investigate not only an individual employee’s charge, but also your policies and practices in general.  

These EEOC investigations can become the gateway to potential...

July 1, 2015
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today applauded the Michigan Senate for their leadership in passing a comprehensive plan to fix Michigan’s roads. 

“We commend Senate Majority Leader Meekhof and his colleagues who took the bold step of passing a meaningful package of...

June 30, 2015
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement by Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley regarding a road funding plan reported out of committee by the Michigan Senate.

“We applaud Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (Grand Haven)...

June 25, 2015
Article type: News

Today, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the availability of subsidies in health insurance Exchanges run by the federal government. In a 6-3 decision, the Court upheld the availability of subsidies in both state and federal Exchanges...

June 23, 2015
Article type: Blog

During the so called “Great Recession” most employers naturally and prudently acted cautiously regarding compensation decisions. One of the first areas to suffer was total compensation. Employers reduced or suspended salary increases and bonuses, and tried to hold the line on benefit costs....

June 22, 2015
Article type: News

Despite strong opposition from local government and organized labor, legislation prohibiting local units of government from adopting laws related to employee wages or benefits, such as local leave mandates, local wage or fringe benefit mandates, local scheduling or shift mandates and...

June 22, 2015
Article type: Blog

It’s 10:15 AM, and the professional who’s graciously agreed to let me shadow her for the day has just finished answering my questions about her career path, what she likes and dislikes about the job, and how to break into her industry. Now she is staring at me. I smile back. The panic that plays...