Chamber News & Blog

November 17, 2015
Article type: Blog

Surveys can be wonderful tools to gauge employee perceptions about your business and their role within it. Everyone likes to give their opinion and it is even better when the boss truly wants to hear it!  

Responding to the feedback you receive can lead to higher retention rates, lower...

November 12, 2015
Article type: Blog

We are engaging in the most multi-generational workforce ever. Statistics show us that Boomers are starting to retire and Gen X isn’t large enough to meet the leadership gap. This suggests Millennials (Gen Y) may have to step up to the plate earlier.

A recent survey of Millennials by...

November 10, 2015
Article type: Blog

Facilities that store oil and polluting materials above certain quantities require a PIPP (Pollution Incident Prevention Plan). Polluting materials include oils of any kind, salt, and chemicals listed in Rule 9 and mixtures containing more than 1% of these materials.

A PIPP is...

November 9, 2015
Article type: News

Good News! The State House and Michigan Senate last week came to an agreement on a comprehensive solution to fix Michigan’s roads through a combination of reforms, re-prioritization of funding, and new revenue. The Michigan Chamber has been a strong advocate for increased funding for...

November 9, 2015
Article type: News

Michigan Chamber-supported legislation is on the move to make quarterly unemployment insurance (UI) tax bills more predictable for employers. The legislation passed the Michigan Senate and is expected to be voted on by the House Workforce and Talent Committee this week.

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November 9, 2015
Article type: News

A statewide petition drive to mandate paid sick leave was launched in July, with the goal of getting the issue on the November 2016 ballot. This initiative would require employers, regardless of size, to provide paid sick leave to all of their employees. Employers with paid sick leave...

November 8, 2015
Article type: Blog

Michigan Chamber-supported legislation is on the move to make quarterly unemployment insurance (UI) tax bills more predictable for employers. The legislation passed the Michigan Senate and is expected to be voted on by the House Workforce and Talent Committee this week.

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November 6, 2015
Article type: Blog

As George Eastman built the photographic film manufacturer Eastman Kodak into an industrial giant in the early 20th century, he thought long and hard about how to get the most out of his front-line laborers. He wound up designing a program to ensure that as corporate profits grew, so would...

November 4, 2015
Article type: Blog

Nearly everyone has been confounded by human behavior at one point or another and guilty of allowing stressful dynamics influence their own reactions. Maintaining your confidence and composure among different personality types is essential to successful group interactions and that commitment...

November 4, 2015
Article type: News

Two Michigan Chamber of Commerce endorsed candidates – Mary Whiteford and Gary Howell – cruised to victory in an historic special election held yesterday to fill the seats in Michigan’s 80th and 82nd State House districts left vacant due to the resignation and...

November 3, 2015
Article type: Blog

Odds are good that more than half of the resumes and job applications you review contain any number of misrepresentations, falsehoods, lies…whatever you want to call them.

By performing a fast and easy address search – which reviews tons of public record sources all over the U.S. –you can...

October 29, 2015
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Earlier this year the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) of the Michigan Legislature approved eleven new audit rules titled Audit Standards For Field Audits. Although the new rules apply to all field audits performed by the Department of Treasury, the greatest effect will be...

October 27, 2015
Article type: Blog

Fifteen years ago, I asked Joe Hogan, the then-CEO of GE Fanuc, to define the difference between a manager and a leader. He responded rapidly, “A manager takes it and does it. A leader looks at it and says, ‘Why are we doing this? Could we do it better? Is there someone else who could do it so...

October 27, 2015
Article type: News

The debate over whether to extend the Health Insurance Claims (HICA) Tax is back -- and it could easily turn into another fight over whether to increase the tax rate employers and individuals pay when purchasing health insurance. 

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October 26, 2015
Article type: Blog

Apprenticeship programs have evolved in the centuries since their inception as vocational training for boys and young men. Continue reading to learn how modern apprenticeship programs are structured, and explore some of the many occupations that offer apprenticeship opportunities.

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October 22, 2015
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I learned a valuable lesson during a business brokerage deal this year. One I hope provides some insight for you as well. As a business broker, I represented a very successful company being sold to a 45-year-old, well-educated buyer with both money and success in earlier business ventures. Given...

October 21, 2015
Article type: Blog

Most utilities consider billing accuracy the responsibility of the customer, so being confident your accounts are on the best rate and billing correctly is good business practice.

There are a number of reasons to conduct a Utility Bill Audit, including these top three:

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October 16, 2015
Article type: Blog

The steady upward creep in health insurance deductibles has easily outpaced the average increase in a worker’s wages over the last five years, according to a new analysis released on Tuesday by the Kaiser...

October 15, 2015
Article type: Blog

The Millennial generation recently became the largest generation in today’s workforce. It is time that we understood the talent we employ, to help retain them and develop deeper, more fruitful relationships in and outside of our organizations. It makes sense for the rest of us to stop,...

October 14, 2015
Article type: Blog

What do some corporate retirement planners know that you don’t? There’s gold in them there private health exchanges! Savings to US Companies who move their retirees to private health care exchanges could be in the trillions,...

October 13, 2015
Article type: Blog

Most employers have established employment policies, either in writing or through practice, that attempt to define the relationship between the employer and employees. Employers may circulate memos as the need arises or even establish policies by word of mouth. Many employers, however, fail to...

October 9, 2015
Article type: Blog

All payment card transactions include a charge called an interchange fee. Maybe you’ve heard the term but aren’t quite clear about what it is and why it is charged. Here is a basic explanation:

Q: What is interchange?
A: It is the process in which...

October 8, 2015
Article type: News

Thanks to the Michigan Chamber’s advocacy, the Senate Commerce Committee has referred legislation to the full Senate to clarify the instances an employee of a franchisee can be deemed an employee of a franchisor under state law. 

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October 6, 2015
Article type: Blog

Every year businesses deal with damaging and costly legal battles because a single question on a job application violated federal law. So, it is important that you check your job applications (paper and online) regularly to ensure they comply with federal and state laws.

You likely...

October 5, 2015
Article type: News

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...