Chamber News & Blog

April 1, 2015
Article type: Blog

Discipline, terminations and layoffs can be a traumatic experience.

  • It is traumatic for employees because it involves criticism for not performing acceptably and/or potential financial implications if the paycheck ceases to be.
  • It is traumatic for supervisors because it...
March 31, 2015
Article type: News

2016 Presidential hopeful and former Chair & CEO of Hewlett Packard, Carly Fiorina, will be the featured speaker at the Michigan Chamber Foundation's Annual Dinner on May 12 in Lansing. The Annual Dinner, preceded by a Legislative Reception, is the Foundation's premier annual networking...

March 29, 2015
Article type: Blog

Legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber to reform Michigan’s wage garnishment system overwhelmingly passed the State Senate last week by a vote of 37-0. The bills are now on Gov. Snyder’s desk and we have every reason to believe he will sign them.

The wage...

March 29, 2015
Article type: Blog

After the business community strongly challenged Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal to increase taxes on health insurance purchasers, the Michigan House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on the Department of Community Health abandoned the effort and passed budget bills without the...

March 29, 2015
Article type: Blog

State Rep. Laura Cox is off to a great start as a new freshman legislator as she fights for Michigan taxpayers. Rep. Cox chairs the important General Government Subcommittee, which proposes spending levels for most state departments. The subcommittee has recommended that the...

March 26, 2015
Article type: Blog

The biggest surprise many business sellers receive concerns what parts of the business are actually being sold. What should presumably be a simple concept is regrettably often quite complex and not intuitive. Here is a primer on what you might encounter during the sale of your business.

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March 23, 2015
Article type: Blog

Several years ago, the company I worked for offered — and most likely still offers — a benefit I find valuable: a free education. Included in the benefits package was reimbursement for certain tuition expenses. The company would pay ninety percent of all costs of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in...

March 20, 2015
Article type: Blog

On Feb. 25, 2015, the DOL issued a final rule under the FMLA that expands federal family leave rights for same-sex spouses, regardless of where same-sex couples reside. The DOL’s new guidance for same-sex spouses takes effect on March 27, 2015. This Compliance Bulletin summarizes the final rule’...

March 19, 2015
Article type: Blog

In December 2012, Governor Snyder signed the Michigan Internet Privacy Protection Act (IPPA) into law. The IPPA prohibits schools and employers from asking employees/students to allow the company/school access to their personal social media accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter and Gmail. The IPPA...

March 18, 2015
Article type: Blog

Understanding your utility bill is an important first step in lowering your energy costs. This guide from the Michigan Public Service Commission is a summary of the specific charges and...