Chamber News & Blog

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...
April 1, 2015
Article type: Blog

Discipline, terminations and layoffs can be a traumatic experience.

  • It is traumatic for employees because it involves criticism for not performing acceptably and/or potential financial implications if the paycheck ceases to be.
  • It is traumatic for supervisors because it...
March 31, 2015
Article type: News

2016 Presidential hopeful and former Chair & CEO of Hewlett Packard, Carly Fiorina, will be the featured speaker at the Michigan Chamber Foundation's Annual Dinner on May 12 in Lansing. The Annual Dinner, preceded by a Legislative Reception, is the Foundation's premier annual networking...

March 29, 2015
Article type: Blog

Legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber to reform Michigan’s wage garnishment system overwhelmingly passed the State Senate last week by a vote of 37-0. The bills are now on Gov. Snyder’s desk and we have every reason to believe he will sign them.

The wage...

March 29, 2015
Article type: Blog

After the business community strongly challenged Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal to increase taxes on health insurance purchasers, the Michigan House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on the Department of Community Health abandoned the effort and passed budget bills without the...

March 29, 2015
Article type: Blog

State Rep. Laura Cox is off to a great start as a new freshman legislator as she fights for Michigan taxpayers. Rep. Cox chairs the important General Government Subcommittee, which proposes spending levels for most state departments. The subcommittee has recommended that the...

March 26, 2015
Article type: Blog

The biggest surprise many business sellers receive concerns what parts of the business are actually being sold. What should presumably be a simple concept is regrettably often quite complex and not intuitive. Here is a primer on what you might encounter during the sale of your business.

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March 23, 2015
Article type: Blog

Several years ago, the company I worked for offered — and most likely still offers — a benefit I find valuable: a free education. Included in the benefits package was reimbursement for certain tuition expenses. The company would pay ninety percent of all costs of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in...

March 20, 2015
Article type: Blog

On Feb. 25, 2015, the DOL issued a final rule under the FMLA that expands federal family leave rights for same-sex spouses, regardless of where same-sex couples reside. The DOL’s new guidance for same-sex spouses takes effect on March 27, 2015. This Compliance Bulletin summarizes the final rule’...

March 19, 2015
Article type: Blog

In December 2012, Governor Snyder signed the Michigan Internet Privacy Protection Act (IPPA) into law. The IPPA prohibits schools and employers from asking employees/students to allow the company/school access to their personal social media accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter and Gmail. The IPPA...

March 18, 2015
Article type: Blog

Understanding your utility bill is an important first step in lowering your energy costs. This guide from the Michigan Public Service Commission is a summary of the specific charges and...

March 16, 2015
Article type: Blog

There are a lot of easy things that employers could do to improve their 401(k) plans—and the retirement security of their workers. They just need prodding. “We’re encouraging workers to speak up and employers to reach out and talk to their people,” says Catherine Collinson, president of the...

March 15, 2015
Article type: Blog

The Michigan Chamber last week testified in strong opposition to the State of Michigan’s continued use of third-party contingent-fee auditors.

This style of auditing relies on third-party...

March 15, 2015
Article type: Blog

The Michigan Chamber challenged Gov. Snyder’s proposal to increase taxes on health insurance purchasers head-on last week in testimony before the Department of Community Health Appropriations Subcommittee in the State House. We voiced our strong opposition to the Governor’s proposal...

March 15, 2015
Article type: Blog

A few weeks ago, we told you that House Joint Resolution A was introduced by State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) on the first day of the new legislative session, which...

March 15, 2015
Article type: Blog

Great news! The Michigan Senate Finance Committee last week heard testimony on two Senate bills to rein in the Michigan Department of Treasury’s continued assessment of Michigan job providers who are using software services accessed over the Internet. During testimony, the Michigan...

March 13, 2015
Article type: Blog

Banking, payment card information and other data on your system warrant protection and a good place to start is with your web browser.

A browser is a software application, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari, that lets you view and interact with content on a web page. Browser...

March 12, 2015
Article type: Blog

In light of the recently published news that Michigan’s natural gas consumption grew 11% this February from February 2014, it becomes...

March 11, 2015
Article type: Blog

It used to be that finding out the cost of basic healthcare procedure was nearly impossible. We’ve long called for transparency in costs and hoped that 2015 would be a year of transparency...

March 11, 2015
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today applauds members of the State House for passing House Bill 4122 to finally end Michigan’s wasteful and ineffective film subsidy. 

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March 10, 2015
Article type: Blog

Almost all employers have employees labeled as exempt salaried employees who are not entitled to overtime for hours worked over 40 in a work week. Many challenges to exempt status arise from claims of misclassification – employees who claim that they are not performing exempt duties. Employers...

March 9, 2015
Article type: Blog

Last week, the State House took its first steps to finally end the ineffective $50 million film subsidy that is funding out-of-state Hollywood producers at the expense of Michigan taxpayers and Michigan jobs....

March 9, 2015
Article type: Blog

The debate over whether to increase the Health Insurance Claims (HICA) Tax will begin this week before the House Department of Community Health Appropriations Subcommittee.  The Michigan Chamber will be testifying before the Subcommittee in opposition to the Governor’s proposal to...

March 9, 2015
Article type: Blog

The Michigan Senate Finance Committee moved Senate Bill 100 (Brandenburg) that would eliminate the “pay-to-play” requirement for taxpayers who would like to enter the Michigan...