Chamber News & Blog

October 7, 2016
Article type: Blog

Complying with wage and hour law and doing payroll are vital components of the process of paying your employees. First, however, you must decide what amount to pay them. What other employers in comparable businesses are paying is a good way to determine what an employee's salary or salary range...

October 5, 2016
Article type: Blog

New Federal Requirements took Effect August 10, 2016

New requirements that call for employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they already record took effect Aug. 10, 2016, with phased in data submissions beginning in 2017. These requirements do not add to or...

October 4, 2016
Article type: Blog

Businesses that operate multiple locations have a variety of challenges when it comes to human resources, especially if job interviews and background checks are handled at each individual site. It is crucial that you establish a consistent hiring process, regardless of how many locations you...

October 3, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsement of Jack Bergman for U.S. House. Bergman is seeking election to represent Michigan's 1st Congressional District, which includes the entire Upper Peninsula of Michigan and 16 of 21 counties of Northern Michigan in the...

September 29, 2016
Article type: Blog

Retirement plans should be a benefit to you, your employees and your company as a whole. By following ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code and especially the fiduciary duties, your retirement plan can be more of a benefit than a burden. Although the underlying law is 30 years old, changes occur...

September 28, 2016
Article type: News

Legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber to repeal an anti-competitive tax on individuals and businesses purchasing health insurance was passed by the Michigan House last week. The Michigan Chamber applauds Speaker Cotter and Insurance Committee Chair Tom Leonard for their...

September 28, 2016
Article type: News

Michigan joined a coalition of 21 states last week to sue the U.S. Department of Labor over an aggressive new rule that would substantially increase the number of workers qualifying for overtime.  Also filed on the same day, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups...

September 27, 2016
Article type: Blog

Recruitment is in full swing in the state of Michigan. According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, the national jobless rate is at 4.9%. The rates are even lower in Michigan at 4.5%, as of July 2016. With a tight job market and steep competition by other...

September 26, 2016
Article type: Blog

Historically, an apprentice was someone who assisted a master craftsman and learned his trade by helping and observing. In modern times, this has expanded to include anyone that engages in on-the-job and classroom training to learn a skill or craft. This is usually a formal program that is...

September 22, 2016
Article type: Blog

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) continues to scrutinize employer wellness programs and recently filed several lawsuits against employers claiming that certain wellness programs violate Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

On May 17, 2016, the EEOC...