Chamber News & Blog

December 17, 2017
Article type: News

Editor's Note: We are pleased to present the following guest column written by former State Representative Chuck Moss. A Republican from Birmingham, Moss served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2007-2013. Moss earned the distinction of "Champion of Commerce" by the Michigan...

December 17, 2017
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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week reversed the controversial Browning-Ferris decision, reinstating the direct control rule for joint...

December 17, 2017
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After an unexpectedly longer and more complicated journey through the State Legislature, a four-bill package (HB 5173, HB 5164, SB 566 and SB 567) to  re-exempt” dental prosthetics from sales/use tax was sent to the Governor last week for final approval. The Governor has indicated he...

December 17, 2017
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Chamber-backed legislation to provide fairer deadlines for filing Personal Property Tax exemption forms was sent to the Governor last week. This is great news for filers who currently have no recourse if they fail to meet the February 20th deadline for submitting eligible...

December 17, 2017
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On the last day of session for 2017, the State House last week approved legislation aimed at filling Michigan’s talent gap and opening pathways to Career and Technical Education (CTE) students. 

The Chamber-supported package of bills would: 

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December 17, 2017
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Good news! We are pleased to report that a series of bills to overhaul operations at the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) and head off identity theft moved out of the Senate unanimously last week. The Michigan Chamber-supported bills are now on the Governor’s desk for his expected...

December 13, 2017
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today applauded legislative action to establish a tax dispute resolution program that will allow Michigan taxpayers to work directly and more effectively with the Michigan Department of Treasury to resolve tax matters. 

With state...

December 11, 2017
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Good News! We are pleased to report that the Michigan Chamber was successful in its efforts to block legislation aimed at subsidizing schools on the backs of employers and employees through a hidden tax on their electric utility bills.

Last week, the Michigan Chamber...

December 7, 2017
Article type: Blog

Stories of employee off-duty conduct seem to surface every week. Last month, a marketing executive was photographed making an obscene gesture toward a presidential motorcade. The photo quickly went viral on social media and other outlets. After she identified herself and posted a copy of the...

December 5, 2017
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Beyond basic “never dos” like showing up late and/or inebriated, wearing flip-flops, or not knowing anything about the organization or position, there are other ways candidates can derail their chances of advancing further.

Interviewers need to be aware of warning signs; spotting them...

December 4, 2017
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The Michigan Chamber recently partnered with the Michigan Farm Bureau to develop legislation to reform the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The three-bill package to increase stakeholder engagement and transparency in the DEQ's rule making process, received its first...

December 4, 2017
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A 16-bill package aimed at reigning in massive municipal unfunded pension and benefit liabilities was introduced in the both the State House and Senate last week. The Michigan Chamber supports this effort to make sure local governments do everything they can to shore up their...

December 1, 2017
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Effective January 1, 2018, the minimum wage rate will increase from $8.90 to $9.25. This new change to state law marks the end of a gradual 25 percent increase of the minimum wage.

The Workforce Opportunity Wage Act, Public Act 138 of 2014 (Act 138) took effect on May 27, 2014, replacing...

November 29, 2017
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Collecting, calculating, reporting and paying sales tax can be a confusing aspect of running a business. Many will have to pay sales and use tax to their state, but some businesses can quality for an exemption. Here is a list of organizations and other groups that qualify for a sales and use tax...

November 21, 2017
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Take this twenty-question quiz developed by the MSU Broad College of Michigan International Business Center and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to evaluate your company's export readiness.

The assessment consists of 5 separate dimensions and each dimension is scored in 4...

November 20, 2017
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Whether you are currently in the middle of a deal to sell your business or just beginning to think about the process, at some point you will have to inform your employees about the intended transition of ownership. This is true whether you have 100 (or more) employees or just a handful.

A...

November 20, 2017
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A group hoping to legalize the recreational use of marijuana announced their plans to submit the required signatures to get the question on the 2018 ballot.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) says it had collected 360,000 signatures for the...

November 20, 2017
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As noted in previous editions of Capitol Report, we have seen a significant increase in issues regarding sales/use tax liability on installers or contractors. Under audit, Treasury has been assessing use tax on companies who are only installing items for which the sales tax...

November 16, 2017
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Being seen as a leader is something many of us strive for, whether we are the owner of our own company or a frontline manager/supervisor. We want to be the one that people come to with questions. We want to build skills in others so they can succeed. And we like to problem-solve and do our part...

November 13, 2017
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Last week, the Michigan House unanimously passed a seven-bill package supported by the Michigan Chamber to address key issues facing Michigan’s 100-percent employer-financed unemployment insurance (UI) program.  While the legislation has many components, it works to address the...

November 13, 2017
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Several Chamber-backed tax bills have advanced through the legislative process in recent weeks. Following is a rundown is key tax bills on the move:

Dental Prosthetics (SBs 566-7 and HBs 5164, 5173): Originally only a two-bill package, legislation to...

November 8, 2017
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The shark species, as we know them, have been around for about 400 million years; they were dwelling the oceans when dinosaurs were roaming the land. Growing up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, there is a saying: “We provoke a shark every time we get in the water where sharks happen to be. The...

November 7, 2017
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Accommodating employees with disabilities presents a number of challenges, but those associated with mental health disabilities can be particularly difficult. This is illustrated by a recent case from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Arndt v. Ford Motor Co...

November 6, 2017
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We are pleased to report that Gov. Snyder has signed House Bill 4999 (Verheulen, R-Walker), which will ensure no local unit of government in Michigan can enact a tax on food or beverages. The Michigan Chamber played a key role in advancing this legislation, from introduction to final passage in...

November 3, 2017
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The Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Act, Public Act 390 of 1978, as amended, regulates the payment of hourly wages, salaries, commissions, certain fringe benefits (vacation pay, sick pay, etc.) as specified...