I own several buildings in Houston, Texas, which I acquired some 20 years ago so I could operate my company there. I left Texas in 2006, but the buildings stayed. When Hurricane Harvey arrived in August, I watched helplessly in a cabin up North as video streamed in showing rivers in Houston where freeways usually roared. My worst fears were confirmed when I got text messages from tenants indicating the buildings were filling with water.
When hiring, it takes more than just checking a resume for previous job experience, education, and skills. You must also ensure that employees who are hired will not put other employees, customers, clients, or members of the general public, at risk while on the job. If an accident or incident does occur, employers are in danger of being accused of negligence in hiring practices. This legal accusation can end up being a very costly one for businesses.
An employee handbook is a powerful tool to communicate an organization’s values and vision. It lays the groundwork for a company’s culture and influences how the organization functions on a day-to-day basis. Plus, it can form the first line of defense in an employment lawsuit or litigation.
A well-written and comprehensive employee handbook will benefit both the employee and the employer. Below are highlights of some specific reasons that every employer should create and maintain an accurate handbook.
After careful consideration, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted today to oppose three petition drives that are bad public policy and would take our state in the wrong direction.
The three petition drives the Michigan Chamber will actively oppose are: a statutory initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana; a statutory initiative to shut down critical energy infrastructure; and a proposed constitutional amendment that would undermine state government’s system of checks and balances.
Last week, Michigan Chamber Lobbyist, Wendy Block, discussed the need for auto insurance reform and the dangers of the 2018 ballot proposal to increase Michigan's minimum wage in two radio interviews.
One of Michigan’s biggest challenges is how to close the skills gap. The Michigan Chamber is working with lawmakers, Governor Snyder and other stakeholders to create a talent pipeline and fill the approximately 100,000 skilled trades jobs that are posted and remain unfilled. The focus has been on expanding skilled trades, strengthening career technical education statewide and increasing apprenticeship opportunities to create more jobs – but, clearly, more work needs to be done.
If a wage garnishment is mishandled, employers can become directly liable for their employee’s judgment debt, which could potentially be a five-figure sum. When you add this to the regrettable truth that Michigan is near the top of the list for the volume of wage garnishments issued to collect judgments from the debtor’s employer, the result is that Michigan businesses are at significant risk.
What can you do to minimize the cost and reduce the risk posed by wage garnishments?
Lawmakers have returned to Lansing and are expected to have a busy fall. Here is a glimpse of the issues the Michigan Chamber expects them to tackle in the coming months.
On the heels of announcements by all four Michigan Democrats running for governor that they are backing a national push for a $15 minimum wage, supporters of a proposal to increase the minimum wage to $12 an hour filed language with the state to put the issue on the 2018 ballot.
Legislation introduced last week would massively increase the 100 percent employer-financed unemployment insurance (UI) weekly maximum benefit amount and dependent allowance. It would also compensate those harmed by false fraud allegations. These changes could more than double an employer’s maximum exposure for a former employee, increasing potential benefit charges from $7,840 to $14,060 per claimant. While not contemplated by the legislation, there is no doubt that this legislation would lead to sharp UI tax increases on employers.