Chamber News & Blog

August 24, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsement of Paul Mitchell for U.S. House. Mitchell is seeking election to represent Michigan's 10th Congressional District, which includes the counties of Huron, Lapeer, St. Clair and Sanilac, and parts of Macomb and Tuscola...

August 24, 2016
Article type: Blog

“Smart grid” generally refers to a class of technology people are using to bring utility electricity delivery systems into the 21st century, using computer-based remote control and automation. These systems are made possible by two-way communication technology and computer processing that has...

August 16, 2016
Article type: Blog

Total exports from Michigan helped contribute to the $2.23 trillion of U.S. goods and services exports in 2015. Nationally, U.S. jobs supported by exports reached an estimated 11.7 million in 2014, up 1.8 million since 2009. In 2014, goods exports from the state of Michigan supported nearly 271,...

August 15, 2016
Article type: Blog

Earlier this year the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a published opinion holding that a unitary business group control test is met through indirect ownership but not through attributed or constructive ownership. On June 27, 2016, the Michigan Department of Treasury (the “Department”) filed an...

August 11, 2016
Article type: Blog

Tragedies often lead to additional tragedies. When under the influence of the shock of traumatic stress, people, families, organizations, and communities often make uncharacteristic errors in judgment that lead to further losses.

Drunk driving charges, impulsive spending, violence at home...

August 9, 2016
Article type: Blog

Particularly for your younger job applicants, it would be safe to say that many, if not most, of them have one or more social media accounts. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or any of the others, they are freely exposing aspects of their personal lives all around the globe.

Many...

August 8, 2016
Article type: Blog

Employment costs fall into several broad categories:

Recruiting Expenses

Finding technically qualified people who can function effectively in a rapidly growing startup venture is not easy task.  In an earlier column we discussed the economic alternatives for head...

August 3, 2016
Article type: News

The August 2, 2016 Primary Election was a very good day for job providers and the Michigan Chamber. Across the state, voters cast ballots for commonsense conservatives who support limited government and will stand up for free enterprise. The Michigan Chamber PAC was heavily involved...

July 21, 2016
Article type: Blog

Most of us have heard – or said – MOMisms and DADisms like “Because I said so!”, “Don't ask me WHY. The answer is NO.” and “Enough is enough!” And while parents may effectively get away with such terms, HR managers cannot. You will hear retorts like “You’re not the boss of me”, “Stop harassing...

July 20, 2016
Article type: Blog

Across the nation, air conditioners are cranking and sprinklers are chugging away as millions continue to seek relief from the summer heat.

While grateful for the welcome relief provided by utilities, many of us are increasingly mindful of the precious resources we are tapping. Just...

July 19, 2016
Article type: Blog

The European Union (EU) is the world's largest single trading block, generating greater than 20 percent of global GDP ($17.6 trillion), which is $950 billion more than the U.S.

In 2014, U.S. exports of goods to Europe was greater than $270 billion and services was greater than $210...

July 18, 2016
Article type: Blog

You've mulled it over with management. It's consistently on the agenda at meetings. And you know that even—actually, especially—small- and medium-sized companies are already reaping huge rewards. In fact, you've been contemplating creating a program for months—even years.

But you've yet...

July 14, 2016
Article type: Blog

From time-to-time I disengage and carve out space for personal reflective soul-searching. I think about my purpose in life, values, life principles, and “what do I want to be when I grow up?” During one such time, I...

July 8, 2016
Article type: Blog

Do you think twice about your credit card data not being secured when you’re out to eat? 

Noodles and Company diners are now suffering the effects caused by a breach between January 31st and June 2nd of this year.  Diners’ data at 400 locations have ended up in the hands of hackers...

July 7, 2016
Article type: News

At the specific request of member companies, the Michigan Chamber last week weighed in on another set of draconian and far-reaching proposed regulations put forward by the US Treasury.

In April, the Obama Administration again put forward regulations that could have a...

July 5, 2016
Article type: Blog

Recent surveys of employers indicate that more than 50% of applicants misrepresent themselves on resumes. For obvious reasons, job seekers tell you only what they want to admit.

So, what can you do? The best course of action is to insist that all persons complete your job application....

July 1, 2016
Article type: Blog

In a perfect world, every time you wanted to reward a high-performing employee with more cash, you’d have the wherewithal to do it and no other factors to consider. In some instances, an employee may ask and then receive. However, this isn’t always easy to do, and in some cases it’s not feasible...

June 23, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today released its 2015-2016 Legislative Voting Record for the State House. The purpose of this voting record is to provide the business community and other interested...

June 22, 2016
Article type: News

Do you have a commercial snowplowing contract? If so, legislation passed by the Michigan House in the final days of the spring legislative session could impact how those contracts can be written moving forward.

House Bill 5230 would prevent companies that hire...

June 21, 2016
Article type: Blog

95 percent of the world's consumers live outside of the United States, so if a U.S. business is only selling domestically, it is reaching just a small share of potential customers.

Exporting also enables companies to diversify their portfolios and to weather changes in the domestic...

June 16, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber on June 8 issued the following statement in response to nearly unanimous passage of legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber to repeal Michigan’s unique and uncompetitive Health Insurance Claims Assessment, or “HICA Tax” (Senate Bills 987-990). The HICA Tax...

June 16, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsements for 23 candidates seeking election to open seats in the State House. The entire 110-member State House is up for election or re-election this year.  

“Today, we are pleased to announce the Michigan...

June 15, 2016
Article type: Blog

Michigan’s robust and diverse energy utility infrastructure gives businesses confidence they will have the access and reliability they demand at an affordable cost.

Electricity and Power Generation

Reliability and electric cost are key to...

June 10, 2016
Article type: Blog

It was the Memorial Weekend announcement no one wanted to receive – another data hack. Social media site MySpace users’ data was now in the hands of criminals; MySpace usernames and passwords for over 360 million people exposed, joining 65 million Tumblr users that were in a similar situation...

June 9, 2016
Article type: Blog

Addressing workplace issues – including the sticky HR situation – quickly and efficiently is important to employee retention, productivity, and to avoid and/or reduce potential liability to the company.

Some issues and...