Chamber News & Blog

February 22, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber is advocating for passage of federal legislation to ensure small business owners can offer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to employees in order to help them pay premiums and/or other out-of-pocket costs associated with medical care and services.

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February 16, 2016
Article type: News

The Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) mailed a batch of noncompliance determinations to employers in January, notifying them that they would be charged for claims for which they do not provide “adequate or timely” information to the UIA in the calendar year. Employers should...

February 16, 2016
Article type: News

Legislation to allow a limited expansion of locally-approved sinking funds for school security improvements and technology equipment has been introduced by State Rep. Mike McCready (R-Birmingham). The idea originated last session in the wake of a number of shooting tragedies as a way...

February 16, 2016
Article type: News

Good news! In his proposed budget for Michigan's 2016-2017 fiscal year, Governor Snyder is asking lawmakers for a 75 percent increase in funding for skilled trades training and technical education. This includes a proposed doubling of the $10 million trades program that partially...

February 16, 2016
Article type: News

Legislation moved forward in the State House last week to require Michigan’s State Superintendent to issue waivers to schools wishing to implement to a year-round school calendar. 

Current law requires Michigan schools to start after Labor Day. This legislation will...

February 11, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement in response to the House Democrats’ plan to halt safe and reliable energy exploration in Michigan, including hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”

“Unhappy with safe, reliable energy exploration,...

February 1, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber testified before the Senate Insurance Committee last week in opposition to a bill that would add another mandated health insurance benefit to the books. Senate...

February 1, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is reminding Michigan employers they are required to post the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2015.

Employers must post the...

January 28, 2016
Article type: News

Employers have the responsibility to provide a safe workplace. Employers must provide their workers with a workplace that does not have serious hazards and must follow all OSHA safety and health standards. Employers must find and correct safety and health problems. OSHA further requires that...

January 18, 2016
Article type: News

The recently created Michigan Underground Storage Tank Fund will be an important resource, providing financial assurance assistance and reimbursement of corrective action costs for qualifying owners and operators of underground storage tank systems across the state. 

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