Chamber News & Blog

June 16, 2014
Article type: Blog

USERRA applies to any employer that either pays an individual a salary or wages to perform work or controls an individual’s employment opportunities. This broad definition includes an individual or organization to which an employer delegates the performance of any employment-related...

June 12, 2014
Article type: Blog

The end of 2014 and the beginning of 2014 have resulted in a number of changes in tax administration. One of the many areas of change is liability for taxes of successor businesses. If your company purchases all the assets of another business, it may be held liable for the unpaid taxes of the...

June 12, 2014
Article type: Blog

A recent data breach scare at eBay is just the latest in a series of hacking incidents that are reaching epidemic proportions. Aren't you glad they don’t affect you? They can. Just because your data security is intact doesn’t mean you won't be on the receiving end of potential card...

June 12, 2014
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsement of Brian Ellis for U.S. House. Ellis is seeking election to represent Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes Kent, Calhoun, Barry, Ionia and part of Montcalm counties.

“We are very pleased to announce the...

June 10, 2014
Article type: Blog

Companies may find that hiring executives in today’s economy is more difficult based on a lower labor participation rate combined with low unemployment. The factors support the contention that companies must increase their scope of networking techniques and further concentrate on determining the...

June 9, 2014
Article type: Blog

The State House Commerce Committee has begun hearing testimony on important garnishment reform legislation being pushed by the Michigan Chamber.
 
The wage garnishment process is a growing issue for many Michigan employers and can be time intensive and costly. For a one-time $6...

June 6, 2014
Article type: Blog

According to WageAccess, the Michigan Chamber’s Salary and Benefits Survey, Michigan employers are projecting that they will pay an average 2.7% of payroll for merit increases for 2014. This is a significant improvement over the...

June 5, 2014
Article type: News

The clock is ticking on the current legislative session and it’s not acceptable for the State Legislature to adjourn for the summer recess without passing a comprehensive plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges, says the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

“Providing transportation...

June 4, 2014
Article type: Blog

Don’t you wish that were true? For the next major federal or state election, let’s support a candidate who will make the elimination of PowerPoint a plank in his or her campaign platform. In the meantime, if you plan to use PowerPoint, you can do it more effectively by trying these eight tips:...

June 3, 2014
Article type: Blog

Every day you read or hear another story about ID theft. You also see and hear all the commercials for services that claim they will protect you. Regardless of what you believe and/or purchase, you cannot protect yourself 100%. When it comes to the employment process, you can learn if an...