Chamber News & Blog

April 20, 2018
Article type: Blog

If you want to find out the financial health of a company - or even your own - there are two good ways to do it. To get started, gather financial statements (including balance sheet, income statement and a statement of cash flow) for the last five years of the company you want to review. Once in...

April 18, 2018
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today applauded the Senate Competitiveness Committee's vote on key legislation to promote independence among healthy, adult Medicaid recipients by requiring them to find work or engage in job training or educational opportunities as a condition of receiving...

April 16, 2018
Article type: News

Good news! Governor Snyder has signed legislation targeting abuses in asbestos litigation. By hiding evidence of exposure by the original manufacturers of asbestos, personal injury attorneys have made advantage of vulnerabilities in our legal system an art form, padding their pockets...

April 16, 2018
Article type: News

Legislation to help combat identity theft and reduce false tax filings has been sent to the Governor for his signature. House Bill 5091 changes the annual...

April 13, 2018
Article type: Blog

Non-disclosures and confidentiality agreements don’t always prevent information from reaching the internet. In today’s world of lightning-fast information transmittal through social media and the internet, potential employees can get a significant amount of information about your...

March 29, 2018
Article type: Blog

Background checks on prospective employees are an important part of verifying applicants’ qualifications and identifying any legal or security risks that could be harmful to the company. Job applicants are generally honest when it comes to background checks, but some have found ways to get...

March 27, 2018
Article type: Blog

In light of all the news of sexual harassment, you would be right to be concerned about the potential liability of a harassment claim and should seek to understand your role in it as a supervisor.

Perhaps you have overheard or participated in a little bit of banter...

March 26, 2018
Article type: News

Chamber President and CEO Rich Studley testified before the Senate Competitiveness Committee last week in favor of...

March 26, 2018
Article type: News

Last week, both the State House and Senate DEQ budget subcommittees reported out budget bills that did not include the Governor’s proposed increase of the landfill tipping fee to $4.75 from 36 cents. The next step in the budget process is for the House and Senate appropriations...

March 26, 2018
Article type: News

Legislation to bring corporate officer liability for LLP’s into line with that of LLC’s was introduced and passed out of the Senate and House committee unanimously last week. Senate Bill 841 (Brandenburg) awaits a vote in the full House where it will then be sent to the Governor. The...

March 26, 2018
Article type: News

Several Chamber-backed tax bills advanced through the legislative process last week. These bills include:

Halt Mandatory Customer Audits by Contractors (SB 887) - Legislation introduced to stop contractors from having to audit their customers passed...

March 26, 2018
Article type: News

Legislation intended to address the atrocities and aftermath of the Larry Nassar situation was passed by the Senate earlier this month. The legislation is currently pending before the State House. While we agree that all victims must be protected and the Legislature should research...

March 26, 2018
Article type: News

In recent years, asbestos litigation has become riddled with unethical legal practices employed by bad acting personal injury attorneys looking to pad their wallets. By hiding evidence of exposure by the original manufacturers of asbestos, personal injury attorneys have made advantage...

March 22, 2018
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today endorsed Attorney General Bill Schuette for Governor. 

“Voters who care about job creation and economic growth have a lot at stake in deciding...

March 12, 2018
Article type: News

Good news! Legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber passed the State House last week and is on its ways to the Governor to prohibit local units of government from passing laws to restrict what private sector employers can ask in the interview process. This legislation is being...

March 12, 2018
Article type: News

After lengthy debate, the Senate Energy & Telecommunications Committee last week reported out Senate Bill 637 - legislation that would create a Small Wireless Communications Facilities Deployment Act to streamline the process for the installation of small cell wireless technology.

The...

March 12, 2018
Article type: News

Legislation that would allow for a purchaser to directly apply for a sales/use tax refund from the Michigan Department of Treasury is expected to be reported from the House Tax Policy Committee this week. This is good news, especially since Michigan is one of only three states that requires a...

March 12, 2018
Article type: News

The House Natural Resources Committee recently heard testimony on HB 5638, which would make changes to how the DEQ handles a site-specific review under Michigan’s water...

March 7, 2018
Article type: Blog

When a worker decides to commit workplace fraud, it can generally be explained with the Fraud Triangle, developed by American criminologist Donald Cressey: 

  1. Pressure side
  2. Opportunity side
  3. Rationalization side

One demonstrative...

February 26, 2018
Article type: News

Two Chamber-backed bills - HBs 5260 and 5261 - were...

February 26, 2018
Article type: News

U.S. Representative Mike Bishop, from Michigan's 8th Congressional District, and Ashley Wilson, Executive Director of Congressional and Public Affairs...

February 19, 2018
Article type: News

As anyone in the United States with a TV or Internet connection probably knows, lawyers are actively hunting for plaintiffs to file asbestos lawsuits against solvent companies. Michigan is a top 10 state for this asbestos litigation. We want to hear from you if you’ve been sued!

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February 15, 2018
Article type: Blog

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce reports that about 40% of unemployed workers are Millennials. Boomers are not retiring for economic reasons and technology is replacing lower level jobs normally filled by students entering the workplace.

With this high...

February 13, 2018
Article type: News

By a vote of 58-51, the Michigan House last week approved legislation being pushed by the Michigan Chamber to limit businesses' liability in asbestos...