Chamber News & Blog

September 28, 2016
Article type: News

Michigan joined a coalition of 21 states last week to sue the U.S. Department of Labor over an aggressive new rule that would substantially increase the number of workers qualifying for overtime.  Also filed on the same day, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups...

September 28, 2016
Article type: News

Legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber to repeal an anti-competitive tax on individuals and businesses purchasing health insurance was passed by the Michigan House last week. The Michigan Chamber applauds Speaker Cotter and Insurance Committee Chair Tom Leonard for their...

September 27, 2016
Article type: Blog

Recruitment is in full swing in the state of Michigan. According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, the national jobless rate is at 4.9%. The rates are even lower in Michigan at 4.5%, as of July 2016. With a tight job market and steep competition by other...

September 26, 2016
Article type: Blog

Historically, an apprentice was someone who assisted a master craftsman and learned his trade by helping and observing. In modern times, this has expanded to include anyone that engages in on-the-job and classroom training to learn a skill or craft. This is usually a formal program that is...

September 22, 2016
Article type: Blog

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) continues to scrutinize employer wellness programs and recently filed several lawsuits against employers claiming that certain wellness programs violate Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

On May 17, 2016, the EEOC...

September 21, 2016
Article type: Blog

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September 20, 2016
Article type: Blog

Overview
With more than 95 percent of the world’s population and 80 percent of the world’s purchasing power outside the United States, future economic growth and jobs for Michigan and America increasingly depend on expanding U.S. trade and investment opportunities in the...

September 19, 2016
Article type: News

Later this week, the Michigan House is expected to consider legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber to repeal Michigan’s unique and uncompetitive Health Insurance Claims Assessment, or "HICA Tax.”  While it appears this legislation will receive the same bipartisan support it...

September 15, 2016
Article type: Blog

Numerous laws require employers to divert wages away from the employee to another person or entity. Judgment creditors, bankruptcy courts, and child support enforcement agencies are just a few. Because there are so many such laws and they differ from state to state, it is a big task for...

September 14, 2016
Article type: News

House Bill 5873, which contains a roughly 250 percent increase in Michigan’s beer tax, would put businesses at a huge competitive disadvantage with neighboring states and would take...