Chamber News & Blog

October 5, 2015
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Franchisees and franchisors across the country are still reeling from the National Labor Relations Board’s new joint-employer rule.

Under the NLRB’s Browning-Ferris ruling, franchisors may be held responsible for labor violations committed by franchisees, upending a 30-year standard and...

October 2, 2015
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A pay philosophy is a company's commitment to how it values employees. A consistent pay philosophy gives the company and the employee a frame of reference when discussing salary in a negotiation.

The goal of a pay philosophy is to attract, retain, and motivate employees. For companies in...

September 28, 2015
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Chamber-supported legislation is on the move to make quarterly unemployment insurance (UI) tax bills more predictable for employers. The legislation passed a Senate committee last week and is expected to be voted on by the full Senate in the coming week. 

Under legislation passed in 2011...

September 21, 2015
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Last week, the Michigan Chamber supported legislation considered by the Senate Economic Development Committee to make quarterly unemployment insurance (UI) tax bills more predictable for employers.

Under legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber in 2011, a UI...

September 2, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber has submitted comments to the US Department of Labor (US-DOL) regarding its proposal to substantially increase the number of workers qualifying for overtime, arguing the proposed rule goes too high, too fast and should be reconsidered. 

President...

August 18, 2015
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Michigan Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Rich Studley today announced the launch of a statewide campaign against the proposed $900 million corporate income tax hike by three construction unions. 

“We are strongly committed to informing voters about the...

August 10, 2015
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The Board of State Canvassers has approved the formatting of the paid sick leave ballot petition, clearing the way for progressive groups to circulate petitions for signatures to place the issue on the November 2016 ballot. 

The ballot language, if approved, would...

July 23, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement by Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley in response to a ballot question committee announcing a petition drive to almost double Michigan’s Corporate Income Tax (CIT) from six percent to 11 percent....

July 13, 2015
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President Obama and the US Department of Labor have unveiled a proposal to unilaterally change the nation's overtime pay law. The proposed rules would dramatically expand the number of employees who can...

July 6, 2015
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Good news! Governor Snyder has signed legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber prohibiting local units of government from adopting laws related to employee wages or benefits, such as local leave mandates, local wage or fringe benefit mandates, local scheduling or shift mandates...

July 6, 2015
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President Obama unveiled his proposal to unilaterally change the nation's overtime pay law last week, announcing a rule change to dramatically expand the number of employees who can qualify for overtime pay. The proposed rule would raise the threshold for guaranteed overtime pay from...

July 1, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today applauded the Michigan Senate for their leadership in passing a comprehensive plan to fix Michigan’s roads. 

“We commend Senate Majority Leader Meekhof and his colleagues who took the bold step of passing a meaningful package of...

June 30, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement by Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley regarding a road funding plan reported out of committee by the Michigan Senate.

“We applaud Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (Grand Haven)...

June 25, 2015
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Today, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the availability of subsidies in health insurance Exchanges run by the federal government. In a 6-3 decision, the Court upheld the availability of subsidies in both state and federal Exchanges...

June 22, 2015
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Despite strong opposition from local government and organized labor, legislation prohibiting local units of government from adopting laws related to employee wages or benefits, such as local leave mandates, local wage or fringe benefit mandates, local scheduling or shift mandates and...

June 8, 2015
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Thanks to major reforms pushed by the Michigan Chamber in 2011, Michigan’s workers’ compensation costs per claim are lower than that of typical states, according to a recent study by the Workers’ Compensation...

June 1, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced the statewide release of its “Decline to Sign” radio ad.  

“For decades, Michigan has a track record of...

June 1, 2015
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Great News! Last week, the State House unanimously passed Senate Bill 100, championed by Senator Brandenburg, which eliminates the current “pay-to-play” requirement for taxpayers who want to utilize the Court of Claims to protest state tax assessments. Once the Senate concurs on the...

May 27, 2015
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We have some good news we'd like to share with you. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has once again been ranked the top lobbying organization in Lansing by MIRS/EPIC-MRA. This independent survey of lawmakers, executive branch officials, lobbyists and association executives has...

May 21, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement by Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley regarding legislation passed by the Michigan House (House Bill 4052) yesterday to prevent regulatory overreach by prohibiting local government from enacting...

May 18, 2015
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Member Alert! Michigan Democrats last week began to use voter rejection of Proposal 1 as a platform to continue their attack on Michigan’s constitutional protection against a graduated income tax. Both...

May 13, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber today announced the launch of a statewide voter education campaign, called “Decline to Sign,” to encourage voters not to sign a dangerous petition to totally ban a safe and proven method of energy exploration in Michigan.

“Environmental...

May 11, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber will testify before a House committee this week in support of legislation to prohibit local units of government from adopting laws related to employee wages or benefits, such as local leave mandates, local wage or fringe benefit mandates, local scheduling or shift...

May 6, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber is leading the effort on legislation to strengthen taxpayer rights and improve taxpayer access to courts. We are pleased to report that, after providing testimony on Senate Bill 100 (Brandenburg), the legislation has passed out of the House Tax Committee with...

May 4, 2015
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In an effort to mitigate the impact Michigan’s higher minimum wage has had on youth employment in the state, legislation has been introduced to authorize a youth minimum wage and training wage. 

The legislation, which is supported by the Michigan Chamber, was...