Chamber News & Blog

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...

February 16, 2015
Article type: Blog

Governor Snyder’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal includes nearly $36 million in new investments for skilled trades training, enhanced educational opportunities and college and career planning. Combined with existing programs, the Governor’s proposed budget would include more than $...

February 16, 2015
Article type: Blog

Progressive advocacy groups and unions are calling for legislation to require businesses in Michigan to offer paid sick leave to employees – and, assuming the legislation will not gain traction in the Republican-controlled Legislature, they are already hinting that they may work to...

February 16, 2015
Article type: Blog

Legislation being pushed by the Michigan Chamber to reform Michigan’s wage garnishment system is on the move in the Michigan House.

The wage garnishment process is a growing issue for many Michigan employers and can be time intensive and costly. For a one-time $6...

February 16, 2015
Article type: Blog

The Michigan House Tax Policy Committee last week overwhelmingly approved two bills to stop the Michigan Department of Treasury from illegally taxing software services. House Bills...

February 16, 2015
Article type: Blog

The debate over whether to increase the Health Insurance Claims (HICA) Tax is back, just months after legislation was signed into law to reduce the rate from 1% on all paid health insurance claims to 0.75%. 

Governor Snyder, in his budget unveiling last Wednesday,...

February 16, 2015
Article type: Blog

The debate over whether to increase the Health Insurance Claims (HICA) Tax is back, just months after legislation was signed into law to reduce the rate from 1% on all paid health insurance claims to 0.75%. 

Governor Snyder, in his budget unveiling last Wednesday,...

February 13, 2015
Article type: Blog

EMV, also referred to as “smart” or “chip” cards, is an important issue this year for any company or organization that accepts payment cards.

On October 1, 2015, liability will shift away from card issuers to any entity that accepts card payments and has not upgraded their equipment to...

February 11, 2015
Article type: Blog

Most New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by Valentine’s Day. In fact, only about 8% of people achieve their resolutions each year. Right now the gyms are crowded, the stores are out of kale and everyone is miserable. Why do they fail? Mainly because people set unrealistic goals and the initial...

February 10, 2015
Article type: Blog

I get calls every day from sophisticated human resources representatives who secretly confess they are looking for opportunities to terminate, rather than accommodate, employees who have hit the employment law protected characteristic “trifecta.” You know who I am talking about, right? This...