Chamber News & Blog

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 19, 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 for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will discuss the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at a special event on Friday, Feb. 23rd from 9:00-10:30 am at...

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...

February 7, 2018
Article type: Blog

Wage and hour, overtime and payroll issues comprise the number one legal concern facing employers, according to findings compiled by the Workplace Law Group at Bodman, LLP, Detroit. Bodman manages the Michigan Chamber's Labor Law Hotline, launched exclusively for Chamber members in 1997....

February 5, 2018
Article type: News

Last week, the Michigan Chamber testified in support of legislation to provide transparency in asbestos litigation by requiring plaintiffs to file bankruptcy claims at the beginning of the tort process and disclose those claims during any litigation. Similar legislation has been...

February 5, 2018
Article type: News

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is currently drafting professional development standards for school counselors and is looking for employer input in the process.

Under a bill signed into law (HB 4181) in 2017 that focused on closing the skills gap and...

February 5, 2018
Article type: News

House Bill 5091 changes the annual date by which a person must file an income tax withholding statement and an annual reconciliation return with the Michigan Department of...

February 5, 2018
Article type: News

The new federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has generated a lot questions for tax professionals in Michigan. To help our members navigate the new law, the Michigan Chamber has joined forces with the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) to devise a user-friendly toolkit. 

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February 5, 2018
Article type: News

Employers should be aware that the new federal tax law includes an employer credit for paid family leave. The provision was developed as an alternative to state and federal paid leave mandates. The goal is to...

January 29, 2018
Article type: News

Good News! Michigan businesses are expected to see an unemployment insurance (UI) tax reduction in 2018, thanks to comprehensive reforms pushed by the Michigan Chamber in 2011. The state estimates unemployment insurance tax rates will decrease by an average of 4.5 percent in 2018....

January 29, 2018
Article type: News

Cybersecurity is a growing issue for businesses and individuals throughout the world. Over the last few years, we have seen unprecedented breaches of computer systems releasing millions of records containing sensitive personal information. There is no denying that this developing...

January 26, 2018
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber today issued the following statement in response to Senate passage of much-needed legislation to strengthen and improve administrative rulemaking at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Expanding openness, accountability and transparency at the...

January 21, 2018
Article type: News

With unanimous support in the State Senate and more than the 2/3 support needed in the State House, the State Legislature last week voted to override the Governor’s veto of two bills (...

January 21, 2018
Article type: News

The primary responsibility of the Department of Treasury is to promote and enforce tax compliance. Taxes owed should be paid -- nothing more, nothing less. Unfortunately, there are situations where taxpayers who overpay their taxes are not able to get a refund on the overage. That is...

January 21, 2018
Article type: News

Discussions about making simple technical changes to the State’s income tax to conform with recent federal changes quickly turned into action by state some state lawmakers to provide Michigan taxpayers with significant tax cuts. 

Below is a list of bills recently...

January 17, 2018
Article type: Blog

Part of a business’s overhead, utilities costs include water, sewage, trash service, telecommunications, electricity and other utilities that are required to run a small business. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average monthly commercial electricity bill in...

January 16, 2018
Article type: Blog

When I worked for a major Entertainment company, my VP had hired a young finance guy who held double degrees of both a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Finance. 

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January 16, 2018
Article type: News

Good news! Governor Snyder has signed a series of bills being pushed by the Michigan Chamber to overhaul operations at the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) and head off identity theft.

The seven-bill package was supported by business and labor and passed...

January 16, 2018
Article type: News

Good news! Governor Snyder has signed a series of bills being pushed by the Michigan Chamber to overhaul operations at the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) and head off identity theft.

The seven-bill package was supported by business and labor and passed...

January 11, 2018
Article type: Blog

With news stories breaking involving allegations of sexual harassment, employers are – or should be – thinking of proactive methods to prevent sexual harassment in their workplace.

Many businesses in Michigan and beyond are updating their harassment policies and rolling out handbook...

January 4, 2018
Article type: Blog

While news regarding sexual harassment may have just recently reached new heights, litigation over harassment, including sexual harassment has been growing for years. The law allows employers and individuals to be sued for back pay, front pay, emotional damages, and other punitive damages for...

January 2, 2018
Article type: Blog

News stories from the last few months reinforce how employers must be vigilant to protect employees internationally, nationally and locally. To protect employees, customers, and contractors, it does not really matter who the perpetrators are; what matters most is do our employees know what to do...

December 20, 2017
Article type: Blog

Physical space and business dynamics of the workplace are changing. Employees demand flexibility and employers – looking to attract and retain the best workers – are deploying technological innovation to deliver improvements in the working environment. New expectations about working hours and...

December 19, 2017
Article type: Blog

According to The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, consumer confidence in the United States has increased three points, rising to 129.5 from 126.2...