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Employer Rights in the Workplace
For the state to be an attractive and competitive place to do business, Michigan labor law must be fair and affordable. To this end, governmental involvement and regulations should be reduced to give employers the flexibility they need to manage their workplace and address their employees' needs.
Protecting an energy policy that strengthens Michigan's economic competitiveness and modernizes generation and infrastructure is a top priority of the Michigan Chamber. Emerging technologies, newly-discovered resources, and regulators at all levels are driving dramatic changes to energy policy. It is critical to fashion a strong new energy policy for Michigan focused on economic growth and competitiveness. This will help secure Michigan’s energy future by ensuring access to safe, affordable, and reliable energy.
Rising health care costs have become a significant financial threat to Michigan's businesses. Policymakers should work to repeal and limit costly state and federal health insurance mandates and instead focus on market-friendly, consumer-driven reforms that will enable employers and individuals to purchase affordable coverage in the private health insurance marketplace.
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce supports the preservation of Michigan's no-fault automobile insurance law, including the prompt payment of benefits in exchange for strict limitations on the right to sue an at-fault party for non-economic damages (i.e., pain and suffering). Specifically, we support legislation to address insurance fraud and the over utilization of benefits.
Reinventing Michigan's regulatory system and promoting the wise use of natural resources is a top legislative priority of the Michigan Chamber. The process of reinventing Michigan's regulatory system is underway and must continue to ensure that we have the most competitive economic environment.
Michigan is making significant improvement in its business tax environment. However, to truly transform Michigan, we must fully eliminate the burdensome business personal property tax and aggressively enact a multitude of reforms to the administration of our tax code.
Better roads drive better jobs. Unfortunately, the condition of Michigan's roads presents a challenge to workers, employers and policymakers seeking to support Michigan's economic development. State and local investment in roads and transportation must be increased by at least $1.6 billion per year to keep our state moving forward. The time to act is now.
In 2014, the state's workers' compensation system was facing a crisis that was due to drastically impact self-insured employers. Without a solution, this issue could have threatened the sustainability of Michigan's self-insurance system. Legislation signed into law in July 2014, and supported by the Michigan Chamber, significantly reduced the total potential liability for self-insured employers.