Chamber News & Blog

June 2, 2014
Article type: Blog

Small Michigan manufacturer pays out $50,000 to settle a harassment complaint filed with a government agency. No handbook. No training. Bad behavior. No investigation. No defense, so write the check. How often does this happen? Not often, but isn’t once still too often? What about lost...

May 30, 2014
Article type: Blog

A great deal of work is obviously required to adequately screen job applicants. In the course of conducting these investigations, it is important for employers to avoid additional problems by asking the wrong questions or giving out improper or inaccurate information to the applicant.

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May 29, 2014
Article type: Blog

On May 27, 2014, Governor Snyder signed legislation increasing the state's minimum wage in stages to $9.25 per hour by 2018. The Michigan minimum wage labor law poster will be revised to reflect the increases, and all Michigan employers will be required to post the new version.

To ensure...

May 28, 2014
Article type: News

It's official! The personal property tax reform ballot question will appear on the August 5th ballot as Proposal 1. The Michigan Chamber is strongly supportive of reducing and eliminating this uncompetitive tax on business and machinery. To help spread the word, and educate voters about the...

May 28, 2014
Article type: Blog

The Michigan House has passed legislation to reduce the rate charged to purchasers of health insurance, including job providers, under the Health Insurance Claims...

May 28, 2014
Article type: Blog

The Michigan House has passed a package of bills to address a crisis facing the self-insured workers’ compensation system in Michigan as a result of the Delphi bankruptcy. Amendments adopted on the floor of the Michigan House will further reduce the exposure of self-insured employers in Michigan...

May 23, 2014
Article type: Blog

EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization) is an accounting term used to measure the profitability of a business before expenses for interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. I am often asked by business owners, “What multiple of EBITDA should I use...

May 20, 2014
Article type: Blog

Recent reports have shown that Michigan's unemployment rate has dropped and the economic outlook is getting stronger. What are some of the top priorities to strengthening Michigan's economy? Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley recently appeared on Comcast Newsmakers to provide his...

May 19, 2014
Article type: News

An overwhelming majority of Michigan voters believe our roads are in horrible condition and are willing to invest more money to build and maintain better roads, according to a Michigan Chamber of Commerce poll released today.

“Increased funding to fix the roads...

May 19, 2014
Article type: Blog

A recent survey by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) estimates that only 40 percent of employers surveyed have adopted a social media policy. Yet the social media websites of Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and Twitter are four of the five most universally blocked websites. While...