Chamber News & Blog

March 4, 2015
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Federal and state laws provide protection to creditors and employees, but impose significant expense and risk upon employers even for minor or unintentional errors. Don’t assume most garnishments are small and present little risk; some garnishments can be remarkably large.

In the past few...

March 3, 2015
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When you use information in a background screening report to deny (or possibly deny) employment, you must follow Adverse Action Procedures (AAP) outlined within federal law in the Fair Credit Reporting Act sections §603(k)(1)(B)(ii) and FCRA §615. The AAP is in place so applicants who...

March 2, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement by Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley regarding Proposal 1:

“Over the past two months, the Michigan Chamber has gathered information from a wide range of sources and actively sought...

March 1, 2015
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State Representative Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township) has introduced legislation to severely limit employers’ use of non-compete agreements with employees. House Bill 4198 would ...

March 1, 2015
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Senate Bill 100 (Brandenburg) would eliminate Michigan’s unfair requirement that taxpayers must pre-pay disputed state tax assessments if they want to access the Michigan Court...

March 1, 2015
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Mothering Justice and the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan, two key proponents of the paid sick leave mandate, released polling results last week showing 86 percent of Michigan voters support the concept of a paid sick leave mandate.    

The...

March 1, 2015
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Reform of Michigan’s Unclaimed Property Act (UPA) – and the way in which this obscure law is administered – has long been a focus of the Michigan Chamber. Compliance with the UPA is a significant hidden cost of doing business and Chamber members particularly dislike the state’s...

March 1, 2015
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The Michigan House Tax Policy Committee held a hearing last week on legislation to finally put an end to Hollywood film subsidies. House Bill 4122 was introduced by State...

February 26, 2015
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Knowing how to effectively create, use, and maintain employment-related documents is one of the most important skills for a manager or human resources professional to learn. Mastering this skill means that you will be able to better manage employee attendance and performance, respond to a...

February 26, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber has taken a position in support of House Bill 4122 (Dan Lauwers, 81-Brockway) which would finally end Michigan’s wasteful and ineffective film subsidy. Following a...

February 25, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today is calling on state lawmakers to support House Bill 4122, introduced by State Rep. Dan Lauwers, to finally end Michigan’s costly and...

February 24, 2015
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Unclaimed property is any financial asset that has been left with a “holder,” such as a bank, insurance company or other business or organization and has gone unclaimed beyond the dormancy period. Examples of unclaimed property include uncashed payroll checks, inactive stocks, dividends,...

February 24, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), a nationally-recognized innovative program that transforms local high school students into real entrepreneurial successes. The...

February 23, 2015
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All 18 organizations (that participated in an EY/MENTOR study about mentoring) encourage employees to mentor, making it possible for them to volunteer during business hours, but that mentoring happens...

February 23, 2015
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This week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission posted the Rover Pipeline project’s formal application. The Michigan Chamber supports the Rover Pipeline and welcomes this next step in the process toward formal approval of the project. We encourage FERC to move quickly in its...

February 22, 2015
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The Michigan House Tax Policy committee has scheduled a hearing regarding House Bill 4122 - recently introduced by State Representative Dan Lauwers and 11 co-sponsors – to...

February 22, 2015
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A bill has been introduced in the State House to require employers to provide two weeks of paid leave to employees adopting a child. House Bill 4223 (Rep. Kosowski) was...

February 22, 2015
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Legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber to reform Michigan’s wage garnishment system overwhelmingly passed the State House last week by a vote of 109 to 1. 

The wage garnishment process is a growing issue for many Michigan employers and can be time intensive...

February 22, 2015
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A new ballot committee was formed last week with the goal of decriminalizing marijuana in Michigan. Various news outlets report the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Reform Committee’s goal is to ask voters in 2016 to decriminalize marijuana, improve the state’s medical marijuana law,...

February 22, 2015
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Chamber members recently alerted us that they are experiencing difficulty registering and filing their Michigan Sales/Use/Withholding returns in the past two months. In light of this, the Michigan Department of Treasury has issued...

February 20, 2015
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The ACA created new reporting requirements under Internal Revenue Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require certain employers to provide information to the IRS about the health plan coverage they offer (or do not offer) to their employees. On Feb. 8, 2015, the IRS released final versions of...

February 19, 2015
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While there are few givens in business transactions, here is one: the presumed buyer of your business will not know as much about your business at closing (or even for months thereafter) as you – the owner-seller – know right now. This means that the successful business buyer is taking...

February 19, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today commended State Representative Dan Lauwers for introducing House Bill 4122 to finally end Michigan’s wasteful and counterproductive film...

February 18, 2015
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Did you know that properly using a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways you can save energy and money in your business? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, businesses can save as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling bills by simply turning their programmable...

February 18, 2015
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Under current law, Michigan taxpayers who want to utilize Michigan’s Court of Claims for tax disputes face a significant barrier to entry: Michigan requires taxpayers to “pay-to-play” the amount they dispute in order to enter this venue. This presents not only a barrier to entry for...