Chamber News & Blog

September 2, 2015
Article type: Blog

A foreign national's application for employment-based cases, is classified into one of five categories including:

  1. EB-1 – Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researchers and Professors, and Intracompany Managers and Executives.
  2. EB-2 –...
September 2, 2015
Article type: News

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...

September 1, 2015
Article type: Blog

Many employers hire extra workers to prepare for a busy holiday season. Often these workers are hired on some level shortly after Labor Day to ensure they are trained properly, as they help the employer get ready for increased activity.

Remember that even your temporary help should be...

August 27, 2015
Article type: Blog

This is part two of two in a blog series on fixed assets.

In part one, we ended with the owner of a marginally profitable business facing a dilemma of an asset rich operation likely viewed as only worth its liquidation value. How can this business owner sell his business for more...

August 25, 2015
Article type: Blog

Have a plan in place in case a natural disaster or other hazard knocks out your business’s electricity or natural gas service.

  • Identify energy utilities—The utilities that are absolutely necessary to running your business. How might a disaster impact the...
August 24, 2015
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Maybe it’s because the name itself conjures images of your career counselor in high school. Or maybe it’s the fact that most of us have only been on the interviewee side of the table, and never the interviewer. Either way, if you haven’t done them before, informational interviews can be one of...

August 21, 2015
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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made a number of significant changes to group health plans since the law was enacted over four years ago. Many of these key reforms became effective in 2014 and 2015, including health plan design changes, increased wellness program incentives and the employer...

August 18, 2015
Article type: News

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 14, 2015
Article type: Blog

Recent data breaches at the UCLA Health System, Starbucks and the U.S. State Department are just the latest hacking incidents that have drawn national attention. While the exposure of patient, customer and employee information is serious, aren't you glad they don’t affect you? But wait, maybe...

August 13, 2015
Article type: Blog

This is part three of a three-part blog series on performance development.

MYTH – Holding managers accountable for conducting annual, bi-annual or quarterly review meetings with all their employees will DRIVE high performance into our organization.

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August 12, 2015
Article type: Blog

The sky is not falling… at least not any time soon. The announcement recently that Aetna would be acquiring Humana has put some industry analysts into a tailspin. This, they say, is just the beginning of what will ultimately lead to just a few behemoth companies left in the health insurance...

August 10, 2015
Article type: News

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...

August 10, 2015
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As a result of the UI legislative package supported by the Michigan Chamber in 2011, the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Taxable Wage Base (TWB) is expected to roll back effective with the third quarter 2015 tax filings in October. This is good news for employers, as it will translate...

August 7, 2015
Article type: Blog

There are many ways to measure the success of an entrepreneur, including the number of new ideas launched, the revenue and profits earned, and the ways in which he or she serves an industry or a community. But perhaps the chief among these is the impact the entrepreneur is able to have on the...

August 6, 2015
Article type: Blog

Employers considering whether to allow the downloading of work email to employee smartphones and other mobile devices, need to be aware of a few key issues. An employment practice such as this could lead to potential violations of wage and hour law and/or HIPAA compliance issues.

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August 5, 2015
Article type: Blog

When asked about measuring human resources, many HR professionals will say the work is intangible, has too many variables, and cannot be accurately measured, so it is not worth the time. That is a myth!

The truth is:

  • HR can measure what it does in...
August 4, 2015
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Only a minor percentage of your job applicants will have a serious criminal record or a problem with a driver’s license. More issues are found when employment and education are confirmed.

For instance, an applicant can indicate his/her work responsibilities and time period of employment...

July 30, 2015
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The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards* following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other...

July 29, 2015
Article type: Blog

This is part two of a three-part blog series on performance development.

MYTH – A cascading process with cascading goals will ensure that what everyone is working on will support our business objectives.

The idea of cascading goals is built on the...

July 27, 2015
Article type: Blog

Poor alignment of American businesses with the schools that train their workers is creating a "skills gap" that may make it hard to fill as many as 650,000 technical- and science-based jobs by 2018.

The country needs a shift in how industry and educational institutions relate to each...

July 23, 2015
Article type: Blog

This is part one of two in a blog series on fixed assets.

You are contemplating the sale of your manufacturing business (or for that matter any business rich in fixed assets), and you are unsure how (1) your fixed assets are valued and (2) the impact the valuation has on the...

July 23, 2015
Article type: News

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 22, 2015
Article type: Blog

Not true when coined decades ago and not true today. So beware when an NLRB agent comes to investigate an unfair labor practice charge against your company and know with certainty that they are not there to help you.

Even though every employer with at least two employees is a potential...

July 17, 2015
Article type: Blog

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, a landmark decision in which it held all state laws banning same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. The effect of this decision is that same-sex marriage is now legal throughout the United States.

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July 15, 2015
Article type: Blog

Energy efficiency in Michigan recently grabbed headlines. In his March 13 speech, Governor Snyder stressed the elimination of “energy waste” as a cornerstone to moving toward a more renewable future. This speech stems from the fact that Michigan is on the verge of meeting the Renewable Portfolio...