Chamber News & Blog

April 28, 2015
Article type: Blog

Employers need to take certain legal and administrative steps when the death of an employee occurs. Here are some of the human resource and accounting tasks come into play after an employee dies:

  1. Implementing bereavement leave policies;
  2. Answering payroll questions before...
April 27, 2015
Article type: Blog

Employee development is modified to fit the position, industry, job duties and employees’ career plans. Likewise, different forms of training are better suited for certain jobs, such as apprenticeships for skilled trades and mentoring and onboarding for professional occupations. Training or...

April 27, 2015
Article type: Blog

Legislation supported by the Michigan Chamber to reform Michigan’s no-fault automobile insurance system - and drive down premiums - moved through the House Insurance Committee last week, after passing the Senate earlier this month. 

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April 27, 2015
Article type: News

Michigan’s post-Labor Day school start law is under attack by a handful of legislators and individuals in the education community who want to give school boards the authority to begin their school year on any date within the summer. The Michigan Chamber opposes...

April 27, 2015
Article type: Blog

The Michigan Chamber provided testimony last week on Senate Bill 100 (Brandenburg) to strengthen taxpayer rights and access to courts. Under current law, Michigan taxpayers who...

April 23, 2015
Article type: Blog

So you are thinking about selling your business…what is the first step? Most business owners want to know what they can expect to receive from the sale of their businesses. Some owners have a pretty good idea of the value of their company, while others don’t have a clue.

In either case,...

April 22, 2015
Article type: Blog

Ongoing communication with employees is a cornerstone of peak performance, but it often falls short when put into practice. Performance reviews provide necessary feedback to staff, but are only effective if done properly, which means:

  • the reviews must be consistently administered;...
April 21, 2015
Article type: Blog

10 Tips for helping you to avoid liability for unlawful employment discrimination:

  1. Include an EEO policy statement in your employee handbook.
  2. Train interviewers about lawful and unlawful pre-employment inquiries.
  3. Audit employment applications for unlawful pre-...
April 20, 2015
Article type: Blog

We are pleased to report that the Michigan Chamber participated in two bill signing ceremonies last week. Signed into law was legislation to allow employers to adopt and apply a voluntary veterans’ preference employment policy (now...

April 20, 2015
Article type: Blog

Legislation to reform Michigan’s no-fault automobile insurance system passed the Michigan Senate last week by a vote of 21-17. 

Senate Bill 248 addresses many...

April 20, 2015
Article type: Blog

In a significant win for employers, the United States Supreme Court recently invalidated a judicial inference that union retiree health insurance benefits are vested for life in the absence of specific language to the contrary. The Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion in M&G Polymers USA,...

April 17, 2015
Article type: Blog

The Zywave Health Plan Design Benchmark Report is based on data drawn from the largest database in the country, consisting of 50,000 health plan designs from over 31,000 employers during the 2014 calendar year.

The summary features various plan design measures, segmented by industry,...

April 16, 2015
Article type: Blog

Every day, Michiganders throw valuable commodities like paper, metal and plastic in the garbage for a one-way trip to a landfill. Meanwhile manufacturers are spending money on the same materials to incorporate into their products.

In fact, Michiganders dispose more than $435 million...

April 15, 2015
Article type: Blog

While spring is a time of renewal, storms and flooding can be devastating in terms of facility damage and lost revenues. Are you prepared? Storm readiness should include emergency action procedures to ensure the safety of your staff and facility, as well as adequate backup power to keep your...

April 14, 2015
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement by Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley in response to today’s decision by the State Board of Canvassers to allow a ballot question committee to try for a third time to totally prohibit a safe and proven...

April 13, 2015
Article type: Blog

In the 2014 “lame duck” session, the Michigan Legislature passed Amendments to Part 201 (Environmental Remediation) of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA). Governor Snyder signed them into law in January 2015 as Public Act 542, which creates...

April 13, 2015
Article type: Blog

When the Michigan Legislature returns to session this week, much of the focus will continue to center on the State Budget. The current fiscal year runs through September 30, 2015 and the Snyder Administration has made it a priority to finalize the 2015-16 budget not only on time, but...

April 13, 2015
Article type: Blog

Over the last several weeks, policymakers have engaged in substantial debate regarding what are the proper tenets for a revised statewide energy policy. The jumping off point for much of the discussions has been Governor Snyder’s special energy message, as well as legislative...

April 10, 2015
Article type: Blog

Phishing is a criminal activity designed to obtain credit card numbers, passwords and other sensitive data from unsuspecting individuals.

Masquerading as a trustworthy business, phishers will send official-looking emails to a large number of email addresses with the expectation that some...

April 9, 2015
Article type: News

A Michigan Legislator is attempting to stop employers from enforcing reasonable non-competition agreements against most individuals.

Non-competition agreements, generally speaking, are contracts that temporarily prevent former employees from working for nearby competitors. Michigan law...

April 8, 2015
Article type: Blog

The Affordable Care Act does not require businesses to provide health benefits to their workers, but larger employers face penalties if they don’t make affordable coverage available. The Obama Administration announced “transition relief” under which the penalties will go into effect in 2015 for...

April 7, 2015
Article type: Blog

Federal law requires that the release/authorization an applicant signs to permit background checks must be on its own separate page…not a few sentences at the bottom of a job application.

Also, there cannot be any indemnification or hold harmless statements on the release/authorization....

April 6, 2015
Article type: Blog

Many Michigan employers, unbeknownst to them, employ individuals with medical marihuana cards in their purse or wallet. And while Michigan’s medical marihuana law prohibits the use of marihuana at work or an employee working while under its influence, many Michigan employers have not defined for...

April 3, 2015
Article type: Blog

Employees should be aware of these top ten workplace violations regarding vacation and comp time, overtime, commission, minimum wage, and other worker's rights that are regulated by law.

  1. Unpaid Compensable Time
    You're entitled to compensation for any "extra"...
April 2, 2015
Article type: Blog

The hiring process is one by which an employer needs to do all that it can to ensure that it is securing good, productive, and safe employees in a manner that is legal. Some tips:

  1. During the interview, ask about the applicant’s prior work record when he or she cannot look at the...