Chamber News & Blog

September 22, 2014
Article type: Blog

The Michigan House has overwhelming approved legislation (House Bill 5390 and...

September 22, 2014
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The federal Occupational Standards and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced new requirements for reporting severe injuries and hospitalizations effective January 1, 2015.

States like Michigan operating their own OSHA program must promulgate standards which are at least as...

September 22, 2014
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As entry-level positions open up at your company, the talent, energy and passion of a recent graduate may seem like the perfect addition to your company. But employers beware: pulling in the best and brightest college graduates may be more challenging than you think.

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September 22, 2014
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced additional campaign endorsements for the State House and Michigan Senate.

“Smart new policies are improving Michigan’s economic competitiveness and providing opportunities for job providers and working families,” said Michigan Chamber...

September 19, 2014
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U.S. employers expect a 4% increase in 2015 health care costs for active employees after plan design changes, according to global professional services company Towers Watson (NYSE, NASDAQ: TW). If no adjustments are made, employers project a 5.2% growth rate, putting absolute cost per person for...

September 18, 2014
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Bargaining labor contracts for employers is unlike any other business activity, often driven by emotion, governed by labor law, but essential to an efficient, smooth running operation.  Concluding bargaining successfully is a real challenge for employers.

Contrary to a business contract...

September 17, 2014
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The electricity utility industry is undergoing massive changes. Our energy grid has been around for a long time, and it shows. The need for smart grids is becoming increasingly necessary worldwide, and many utility providers are focusing on activities that promote cleaner energy, smarter storage...

September 12, 2014
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With data breach stories so prevalent in the news, security is on the minds of most merchants and customers. Consumers need to trust where they shop and you have a reputation to uphold. Reviewing security policies and potential issues with employees is more important than ever. It is vital to...

September 11, 2014
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Look around your office on any given day and how many mobile devices do you see? Remember to count smartphones, tablets and laptops. Do mobile devices outnumber employees? Probably so.

But now ask yourself, are the mobile devices talking to each other? Are they sharing software? Are they...

September 10, 2014
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Regardless of your political leanings, there’s a disturbing trend lately that doesn’t bode well for health care costs for all of us as individuals, or for employers working hard every day to make ends meet. Some call Speaker Boehner’s recent move to sue the Obama administration as a political...

September 5, 2014
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See if this scenario sounds familiar: Your association began with fewer than 10 employees. Each was hired at a pay level resulting from individual negotiations. Starting pay was probably based on what they were earning at their previous job or some similar criterion.

Your association has...

September 4, 2014
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Unions have suffered an unabated decline, reaching the lowest point in market penetration since the post-World War II peak, falling well under 7 percent of the private sector. In addition, Michigan has become the 24th right to work state denying unions mandatory dues support.

Now over one...

September 3, 2014
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There is no magic involved in selecting and retaining top talent within an organization.  Your chances of success hinge primarily on your abilities to plan, clearly communicate expectations and empower your team to hold each other accountable.  Sprinkle in a little luck and there you have it! ...

September 2, 2014
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Commercial drivers are not the only professionals who should need a valid and safe driving record to work for you. After all, think of those employees who drive business or personal cars for sales calls, errands, and meetings on your behalf. It’s imperative to make sure they meet your driving...

August 28, 2014
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When the time comes to sell your business, it will be important for you to understand which type of buyer your prospective buyer is. They typically fall into three categories:

  1. An individual buyer typically intends to become an owner-operator. The buyer type...
August 28, 2014
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Employers in Michigan will be required to increase wages for employees making the minimum wage by Sept. 1, 2014.

Senate Bill 934, which was signed by Gov. Snyder on May 27, increases the state’s minimum wage from $7.40 per hour to $8.15 per hour on September 1, 2014; $8.50 per hour on...

August 25, 2014
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Pollution reduction is great for the environment, and it’s also great for business. Projects to slow or eliminate the creation of pollutants translate to reduced business costs, both from increased efficiency and from avoided environmental compliance costs. As an added bonus, these projects...

August 25, 2014
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There are some circumstances under which individuals who participate in “for-profit” private sector internships or training programs may do so without compensation. The Supreme Court has held that the term "suffer or permit to work" cannot be interpreted so as to make a person whose work serves...

August 20, 2014
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“Five years ago, estimates suggested there was only a 25-year supply of natural gas remaining.  However, with the discovery of natural gas production from shale rock, the estimate is now at over 100 years supply of natural gas.”  MSU graduate Jeff Cook, president of Southwestern Oil Company of...

August 15, 2014
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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most individuals to obtain acceptable health insurance coverage for themselves and their family members or pay a penalty. This rule, which took effect in 2014, is often referred to as the individual mandate. The penalty amount that an individual will have...

August 12, 2014
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As more and more veterans enter the civilian workforce, employers must stay ahead of an ever-growing body of laws and regulations affecting veteran employees and their employers. Two such laws are:

  1. Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) –...
August 12, 2014
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce will be launching a statewide private health insurance marketplace – Michigan’s Insurance Marketplace at www.MiChamberMarketplace.org – on September 1, 2014.  The marketplace was created to meet the growing needs...

August 8, 2014
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The term EMV is everywhere. EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, a joint entity established with the goal of developing specifications for more secure payment transactions. While there is still some debate on the inevitability of EMV, recent large-scale data breaches in the news, such as...

August 7, 2014
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We started the election season by telling you, "It’s a New Day in Michigan." We're pleased to report Primary Election results that will continue to move Michigan forward.

Tuesday’s Primary Election was a very good day for job providers and the Michigan Chamber. Across the state, voters...

August 7, 2014
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Every employer must have an I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form completed for every employee who they employ in the US. This requirement only applies to workers hired since November 7, 1986. This form applies to all persons who work in the US, regardless as to the country from which...