Chamber News & Blog

August 20, 2014
Article type: Blog

“Five years ago, estimates suggested there was only a 25-year supply of natural gas remaining.  However, with the discovery of natural gas production from shale rock, the estimate is now at over 100 years supply of natural gas.”  MSU graduate Jeff Cook, president of Southwestern Oil Company of...

August 15, 2014
Article type: Blog

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most individuals to obtain acceptable health insurance coverage for themselves and their family members or pay a penalty. This rule, which took effect in 2014, is often referred to as the individual mandate. The penalty amount that an individual will have...

August 12, 2014
Article type: Blog

As more and more veterans enter the civilian workforce, employers must stay ahead of an ever-growing body of laws and regulations affecting veteran employees and their employers. Two such laws are:

  1. Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) – Protects...
August 12, 2014
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce will be launching a statewide private health insurance marketplace – Michigan’s Insurance Marketplace at www.MiChamberMarketplace.org – on September 1, 2014.  The marketplace was created to meet the growing needs...

August 8, 2014
Article type: Blog

The term EMV is everywhere. EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, a joint entity established with the goal of developing specifications for more secure payment transactions. While there is still some debate on the inevitability of EMV, recent large-scale data breaches in the news, such as...

August 7, 2014
Article type: News

We started the election season by telling you, "It’s a New Day in Michigan." We're pleased to report Primary Election results that will continue to move Michigan forward.

Tuesday’s Primary Election was a very good day for job providers and the Michigan Chamber. Across the state, voters...

August 7, 2014
Article type: Blog

Every employer must have an I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form completed for every employee who they employ in the US. This requirement only applies to workers hired since November 7, 1986. This form applies to all persons who work in the US, regardless as to the country from which...

August 6, 2014
Article type: Blog

Keeping Private Exchanges Competitive

Rarely is there talk of the upside to the Affordable Care Act, but there really are many positive aspects to the law. Well, maybe not the law itself, but what the law has done to push forward the inevitable – defined contribution...

August 5, 2014
Article type: Blog

At our offices we often look at each other in amazement when we see some of the job applications and resumes forwarded to us so we can conduct background checks. We see outright lies about previous employment and education. We see people who admit to a criminal record, but only give partial...

August 4, 2014
Article type: Blog

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a program conducted by the US Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics that produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services. The important value to note here is the “change” in the...