Chamber News & Blog

January 14, 2015
Article type: Blog

It's easy for small businesses to be energy-conscious and save money at the same time. We've all received emails with signatures that ask, "Do you really need to print this email?" If you do have to, an easy, cost-efficient solution could be to print using both sides of the page.


January 13, 2015
Article type: Blog

If you’ve ever hired a dud, you might be the problem. A 2013 Gallup report showed a trend the respected polling organization has measured for years: most employees are “not engaged.” In the most recent report, it was 63%. The “actively disengaged” (those who would sabotage their organizations)...

January 13, 2015
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today appeared before the Michigan Supreme Court in defense of Michigan’s Right-to-Work law, which took effect in March 2013. The Michigan Chamber played a leadership role in the fight to pass Right-to-Work legislation in December 2012, shortly after...

January 9, 2015
Article type: Blog

All payment card transactions involve an interchange fee. You may have heard the term, but it’s possible that you’re not clear about exactly what it is and why it's charged. The overall process is complex, but we can offer a simplified explanation.

Q: What exactly is...

January 8, 2015
Article type: Blog

Personal property tax reform was assured with last August’s state-wide referendum. Now that the political campaign is over, the sound-bite style of describing the new law has died down.  

You will soon need to apply this complicated set of new rules to your company’s tax filings.  Let’s...

January 7, 2015
Article type: Blog

‘Tis the season to start predicting healthcare trends for 2015. PWC has issued its top ten healthcare issues to watch in 2015 and we particularly like number six:


January 6, 2015
Article type: Blog

In some states, cities, and towns, an employer cannot include a question on a job application asking about criminal records. It is called “Ban the Box” and is a growing trend.

Currently, Michigan is not one of the states that has passed a ban-the-box law, but some local cities and...

January 5, 2015
Article type: Blog

Although the recent lame duck Michigan legislature failed to add gender identity protections to Michigan law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has prohibited discrimination since 2012 against transgender people. “Transgender” is an umbrella term that includes people who are...

January 2, 2015
Article type: Blog

Employees receive compensation from a company in return for work performed. While most people think compensation and pay are the same, the fact is that compensation is much more than just the monetary rewards provided by an employer. According to Milkovitch and Newman in Compensation, it is "all...

December 22, 2014
Article type: Blog

Carl Jones works at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo., but he wants to be an astronaut.

What will his employer think?

Actually, Jones' employer not only supports his lofty ambitions, but pays for Jones to follow his star. Ball fully reimburses Jones' school...