Chamber News & Blog

June 17, 2015
Article type: Blog

No matter what their role or position, everyone can pitch in to save energy. Here are ideas for:

  • Employees
  • Executives
  • Building managers

Email them, read them at your next staff meeting, add them to your intranet, or post them in high visibility areas...

June 16, 2015
Article type: Blog

When most people think “audit”, they think about the IRS. For businesses, audit is more and more frequently bringing to mind HIPAA. HIPAA has some serious risks, but if you remain compliant and up-to-date, it does not need to bring a sense of fear to you or your business.

It may seem like...

June 15, 2015
Article type: Blog

The time spent by an employee waiting to work may be compensable time depending on whether, based on all the circumstances, the employee can use the waiting time effectively for his or her own purposes. Some common examples are listed below:

  • When the employee is required to remain on...
June 11, 2015
Article type: Blog

Not only do businesses need to take precautions against fraud for themselves, it is also critical to protect your information and your client’s information. Don’t get in a summer slump and let your guard down when it comes to protecting your business and important information related to your...

June 10, 2015
Article type: Blog

None of the 17 health insurers in Michigan that are selling policies to small-business groups for open enrollment starting Nov. 1 have applied for rate increases of 10 percent or more to trigger the Obamacare-mandated insurance approval review. Those 17 health insurers filing with the state are...

June 8, 2015
Article type: News

Thanks to major reforms pushed by the Michigan Chamber in 2011, Michigan’s workers’ compensation costs per claim are lower than that of typical states, according to a recent study by the Workers’ Compensation...

June 3, 2015
Article type: Blog

Most large employers subject to the pay or play penalty under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have established look-back measurement periods and stability periods to determine which employees must be treated as full-time and offered group health coverage to avoid the penalty.

The...

June 2, 2015
Article type: Blog

You cannot ask any medically-related questions on a job application or during a pre-job offer interview. You can only inquire about medical, worker’s comp, and drug testing issues AFTER a job offer is made; this is normally a conditional job offer.

Once the employee is on board, medical...

June 1, 2015
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced the statewide release of its “Decline to Sign” radio ad.  

“For decades, Michigan has a track record of...

June 1, 2015
Article type: News

Great News! Last week, the State House unanimously passed Senate Bill 100, championed by Senator Brandenburg, which eliminates the current “pay-to-play” requirement for taxpayers who want to utilize the Court of Claims to protest state tax assessments. Once the Senate concurs on the...