Chamber News & Blog

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 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 13, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

March 9, 2015
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Great news! The Michigan Senate Finance Committee will be taking testimony on Tuesday, March 10 regarding bills to stop Michigan Treasury from its continued illegal assessment of software accessed as a service over the internet (sometimes referred to as the “cloud”.)...

March 9, 2015
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Last week, volunteer Chamber members alerted us to a recent miscommunication from the State Tax Commission that may be causing some Personal Property Tax exemptions to be wrongfully denied. If you filed for a small business personal property exemption,...

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
Article type: News

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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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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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...

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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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 ...

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
Article type: News

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
Article type: News

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...