Chamber News & Blog

February 22, 2015
Article type: Blog

The Michigan House Tax Policy committee has scheduled a hearing regarding House Bill 4122 - recently introduced by State Representative Dan Lauwers and 11 co-sponsors – to...

February 22, 2015
Article type: Blog

A bill has been introduced in the State House to require employers to provide two weeks of paid leave to employees adopting a child. House Bill 4223 (Rep. Kosowski) was...

February 22, 2015
Article type: Blog

Legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber to reform Michigan’s wage garnishment system overwhelmingly passed the State House last week by a vote of 109 to 1. 

The wage garnishment process is a growing issue for many Michigan employers and can be time intensive...

February 22, 2015
Article type: Blog

A new ballot committee was formed last week with the goal of decriminalizing marijuana in Michigan. Various news outlets report the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Reform Committee’s goal is to ask voters in 2016 to decriminalize marijuana, improve the state’s medical marijuana law,...

February 20, 2015
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The ACA created new reporting requirements under Internal Revenue Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require certain employers to provide information to the IRS about the health plan coverage they offer (or do not offer) to their employees. On Feb. 8, 2015, the IRS released final versions of...

February 19, 2015
Article type: Blog

While there are few givens in business transactions, here is one: the presumed buyer of your business will not know as much about your business at closing (or even for months thereafter) as you – the owner-seller – know right now. This means that the successful business buyer is taking...

February 19, 2015
Article type: Blog

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today commended State Representative Dan Lauwers for introducing House Bill 4122 to finally end Michigan’s wasteful and counterproductive film...

February 18, 2015
Article type: Blog

Did you know that properly using a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways you can save energy and money in your business? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, businesses can save as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling bills by simply turning their programmable...

February 18, 2015
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Under current law, Michigan taxpayers who want to utilize Michigan’s Court of Claims for tax disputes face a significant barrier to entry: Michigan requires taxpayers to “pay-to-play” the amount they dispute in order to enter this venue. This presents not only a barrier to entry for...

February 17, 2015
Article type: Blog

The term “layoff” is often misunderstood by employers. Other than a brief reference in the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act that a “layoff” exceeding six months is covered by the Act, the term and the concept have no independent legal significance. It is not a process or...