Chamber News & Blog

April 13, 2015
Article type: Blog

In the 2014 “lame duck” session, the Michigan Legislature passed Amendments to Part 201 (Environmental Remediation) of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA). Governor Snyder signed them into law in January 2015 as Public Act 542, which creates...

April 13, 2015
Article type: Blog

When the Michigan Legislature returns to session this week, much of the focus will continue to center on the State Budget. The current fiscal year runs through September 30, 2015 and the Snyder Administration has made it a priority to finalize the 2015-16 budget not only on time, but...

April 13, 2015
Article type: Blog

Over the last several weeks, policymakers have engaged in substantial debate regarding what are the proper tenets for a revised statewide energy policy. The jumping off point for much of the discussions has been Governor Snyder’s special energy message, as well as legislative...

April 10, 2015
Article type: Blog

Phishing is a criminal activity designed to obtain credit card numbers, passwords and other sensitive data from unsuspecting individuals.

Masquerading as a trustworthy business, phishers will send official-looking emails to a large number of email addresses with the expectation that some...

April 9, 2015
Article type: News

A Michigan Legislator is attempting to stop employers from enforcing reasonable non-competition agreements against most individuals.

Non-competition agreements, generally speaking, are contracts that temporarily prevent former employees from working for nearby competitors. Michigan law...

April 8, 2015
Article type: Blog

The Affordable Care Act does not require businesses to provide health benefits to their workers, but larger employers face penalties if they don’t make affordable coverage available. The Obama Administration announced “transition relief” under which the penalties will go into effect in 2015 for...

April 7, 2015
Article type: Blog

Federal law requires that the release/authorization an applicant signs to permit background checks must be on its own separate page…not a few sentences at the bottom of a job application.

Also, there cannot be any indemnification or hold harmless statements on the release/authorization....

April 6, 2015
Article type: Blog

Many Michigan employers, unbeknownst to them, employ individuals with medical marihuana cards in their purse or wallet. And while Michigan’s medical marihuana law prohibits the use of marihuana at work or an employee working while under its influence, many Michigan employers have not defined for...

April 3, 2015
Article type: Blog

Employees should be aware of these top ten workplace violations regarding vacation and comp time, overtime, commission, minimum wage, and other worker's rights that are regulated by law.

  1. Unpaid Compensable Time
    You're entitled to compensation for any "extra"...
April 2, 2015
Article type: Blog

The hiring process is one by which an employer needs to do all that it can to ensure that it is securing good, productive, and safe employees in a manner that is legal. Some tips:

  1. During the interview, ask about the applicant’s prior work record when he or she cannot look at the...