Employment & Labor Law

Basic Concept of Michigan Unemployment Tax Regulations

Employers fund the “unemployment system” by paying Federal and State unemployment payroll tax. Federal tax provides the operating and administrative funds for each respective state agency. Federal guidelines set minimal benefit standards and maintain oversight of each individual state unemployment program. In each state of business, an employer maintains a separate and specific tax account. They pay monies into this account in the form of taxes. Former employees, or claimants, draw monies out of this account in the form of unemployment benefits.

State House to Consider to Bill to Prohibit Criminal History Questions on Job Applications

The House Commerce Committee this will begin taking testimony on Tuesday, Nov. 12, on legislation to "Ban the Box."  House Bill 4366 would prohibit employers from using an initial job application that asks prospective employees about their criminal history, including felony convictions.  

Michigan's Freedom to Work Law: What it Means for Employers and Employees

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 - Earlier this week, legislators passed - and Governor Snyder signed - landmark legislation to make Michigan the 24th state to enact Freedom to Work. Understandably, this is a complex topic. The Michigan Chamber is committed to providing the resources employers and employees need to understand this dramatic change in policy, starting with this reference document: Freedom to Work: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Michigan Chamber Applauds Passage of Landmark Freedom to Work Legislation; Anticipates Positive Results for Michigan

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today expressed appreciation to Governor Rick Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, House Speaker Jase Bolger and pro-reform lawmakers for approval of Freedom to Work legislation that would prohibit employees in Michigan from being forced to join a union or provide financial support to a union as a condition of employment.

Freedom to Work Bills Approved by State Legislature

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 - Good news! Earlier today the Michigan House voted by a margin of 58-52 to send landmark Freedom to Work legislation (Senate Bill 116 and House Bill 4003) to Governor Snyder for his signature. This legislation will make Michigan the nation’s 24th Freedom to Work state and better position us to attract and retain good paying jobs and further improve our economic competitiveness. 

Freedom to Work Bills Pass State House & Michigan Senate; Legislative Action to Continue Next Week

Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 - After a day full of angry protests by union members and liberal activists that included eight arrests and hours of debate, the State House and Michigan Senate last evening both passed bills (Senate Bill 116 and House Bill 4003) to advance Freedom to Work legislation.

Michigan Chamber Strongly Agrees with Gov. Snyder's Call for Action on Freedom to Work Legislation

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce issued the following response to the news conference held earlier today by Gov. Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, Speaker of the House Jase Bolger and several Michigan workers calling for action on Freedom to Work legislation: