Chamber News

September 29, 2019
The US Department of Labor released its anticipated finalized overtime rule last week, raising the minimum salary level to $35,568 per year for a full-year worker to earn overtime wages. Employers should begin preparing now to ensure compliance. 
September 23, 2019
Legislation intended to force employers and other property owners to lift their weapons-free policies was introduced in the Michigan House last week.
September 16, 2019
A five-bill package of legislation was introduced in the State House last week to tweak how local governments are reimbursed for revenue losses due to the exemption of certain property from personal property taxes.
September 16, 2019
The Michigan Chamber supports the Going PRO Talent Fund. We encourage Chamber members to to voice their support for this important program with lawmakers.
September 16, 2019
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is seeking a legislative reform package aimed at clearing the criminal records of more Michigan's ex-offenders. The Michigan Chamber is seeking member feedback.
September 9, 2019
A bill introduced in the State Senate last week would remove the two-year sunset and $200 million cap on the Good Jobs for Michigan program enacted in 2017. Completely eliminating both the sunset and the cap is concerning. 
September 9, 2019
The taxability of prosthetic medical devices and the MEGA tax credit transfer package saw some action in the both the State House and MI Senate last week. 
September 3, 2019
Another piece of legislation to impose a graduated income tax on Michigan taxpayers was introduced last week in the Michigan Senate. Unlike the flat income tax Michiganders enjoy today where one rate is imposed on everyone, with a graduated income tax, the tax rate rises as a taxpayer’s income goes up.
September 3, 2019
In a meeting held last week, Michigan Chamber Director of Tax Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Dan Papineau, urged Michigan Congresswoman Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) to continue her support of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – the new trade agreement reached nearly a year ago to replace NAFTA.
August 15, 2019
The Trump Administration last week unveiled proposed changes to relax the federal “hours of service” rule, which governs the amount of time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel. The Chamber is reviewing the proposal and seeking member input. 
August 12, 2019
Democratic leaders in the Michigan House and Senate last week announced their plans to pursue legislation to expand overtime pay for salaried workers.  The Michigan Chamber is strongly opposed to this proposal.
August 5, 2019
Since its inception in 2014, the Going PRO Talent Fund has issued over 3,000 awards to help ensure Michigan employers have the workforce they need to compete and grow.