Chamber News & Blog

April 25, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Legislature is quickly moving a small package of bills to extend the filing deadline for those who may have missed the February deadline for claiming their Personal Property Tax exemption - to May 31, 2016. 

Since 2016 is the first official year for...

April 25, 2016
Article type: News

With the April 19th filing deadline for partisan candidates behind us, the 2016 election season has officially begun. Of key interest to the Michigan Chamber this election cycle are 14 Congressional races, 110 State House races and two races in the Michigan Supreme Court. 

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April 25, 2016
Article type: Blog

This guide provides employers with a vision for new, more effective adult education programs, including the key elements to include in order to ensure greater student success, an understanding of the role employers can play in building such a system, best-in-class examples of employer...

April 21, 2016
Article type: Blog

Non-compete agreements come in all shapes and sizes, and the reasons why an employer may want to consider non-competes is equally diverse.

The bottom line is that a carefully crafted non-compete agreement can provide employers with a useful tool to protect its competitive position in the...

April 20, 2016
Article type: Blog

Electricity prices generally reflect the costs to build, finance, maintain, and operate power plants and the electricity grid (the complex system of power transmission and distribution lines). Some for-profit utilities also include a return for owners and shareholders in their prices.

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April 19, 2016
Article type: Blog

For American companies, exporting makes more sense now than ever before. Exporting has become a lot easier for companies of every size, including small and medium-sized businesses that may previously have found it challenging.

But exporting is undeniably more complicated than selling...

April 8, 2016
Article type: Blog

With the nearby deadline of April 15th to file taxes, there is also the looming tax scams that affect millions of Americans.  IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen warns, “Don’t be fooled. The IRS won’t be calling you out of the blue asking you to verify your personal tax information or aggressively...

April 7, 2016
Article type: Blog

After remaining mostly status quo for a number of years, many programs dealing with waste and remediation will be changing in 2016 and we will see the implementation of changes that arrived in 2015.

  1. In 2015 we saw the resurrection of an underground storage tank (UST) fund in Michigan...
April 5, 2016
Article type: Blog

At our offices we are always amazed when we get a new client who tells us they have never done any background checks. Certainly, we value their business and trust in us, but we know that any business is at risk when they are clueless regarding the people they are employing.

What...

March 31, 2016
Article type: News

Hiring can be a costly venture for most employers. The studies on costs of employee turnover are very broad and what makes it so hard to predict are the many intangible and often untracked costs. In general, turnover costs vary by wage and role of the employee. Here are some average costs of...