Chamber News & Blog

May 9, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Senate Energy & Technology Committee is heading into its third week of testimony on Senate Bills 437 and...

May 6, 2016
Article type: Blog

Docking the pay of exempt employees is only permissible in certain circumstances. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) governs wage and hour laws of nonexempt employees. The law requires employers to pay nonexempt employees at least the federal minimum wage and requires the payment of overtime...

May 5, 2016
Article type: Blog

Here are ten best practices for employers during the hiring process with regard to employment applications:

  1. In most cases, require the application form to be filled out, instead of merely accepting a resume. If both are obtained, observe any inconsistencies.
  2. Include a...
May 3, 2016
Article type: Blog

You hear and read stories about companies that require job applicants to reveal their social media accounts, including passwords. These companies believe that by viewing an applicant’s social media activity they can get a better handle on his or her ability to be a productive employee.

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May 2, 2016
Article type: News

Progressive groups hoping to place mandated paid sick leave on the November 2016 ballot suggested last week that they will meet the 252,523 signature threshold by June 1. The “MI Time to Care” coalition’s...

May 2, 2016
Article type: News

Michigan is experiencing an uptick in cases where criminals are using stolen identities to apply for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. These cases not only affect the victims – those who have had their personal information compromised – they also can have a negative effect on an...

May 2, 2016
Article type: News

As reported last week, the Michigan Legislature has been working on a package of bills to allow a one-time extension to manufacturers who may have missed the February deadline to file for personal property tax exemptions as well as making a few technical changes.

The...

May 2, 2016
Article type: News

As reported last week, the Michigan Legislature has been working on a package of bills to allow a one-time extension to manufacturers who may have missed the February deadline to file for personal property tax exemptions as well as making a few technical changes.

The...

April 29, 2016
Article type: Blog

Wages have grown over the past few years at rates similar to historical trends. The frequently repeated claim that wages are “stagnant” is at odds with six measures of wages and compensation, which indicate that hourly and weekly real wages (wages adjusted for price inflation) have grown between...

April 28, 2016
Article type: Blog

Last month we addressed the role inventory plays in the value of service, professional, IT, retail, and distribution businesses. The issue of manufacturing inventory is generally far more complex than these other industries.

When we meet prospective sellers of manufacturing businesses, we...