Chamber News & Blog

October 8, 2017
Article type: News

Efforts are heating up in Lansing to drive down the high cost of auto insurance in Michigan and the Chamber is taking a leadership role on the issue. Last week, the Chamber testified before a House Committee in support of the changes being pushed by House Speaker Tom Leonard and...

October 5, 2017
Article type: Blog

I own several buildings in Houston, Texas, which I acquired some 20 years ago so I could operate my company there. I left Texas in 2006, but the buildings stayed. When Hurricane Harvey arrived in August, I watched helplessly in a cabin up North as video streamed in showing rivers in Houston...

October 5, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber today blasted a flawed and incomplete report released by the House Fiscal Agency (HFA) on legislation to reform Michigan’s broken, outdated auto no-fault insurance system. At issue is the HFA’s failure to consider consumer and business savings of $1 billion or...

October 4, 2017
Article type: Blog

A key provision in the Clean Water Act (CWA) prevents discharge of pollutants into navigable waters, which is defined to be the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The WOTUS language is, therefore, a trigger for determining whether the Federal CWA will apply to many discharges,...

October 3, 2017
Article type: Blog

When hiring, it takes more than just checking a resume for previous job experience, education, and skills. You must also ensure that employees who are hired will not put other employees, customers, clients, or members of the general public, at risk while on the job. If an accident or incident...

September 28, 2017
Article type: Blog

An employee handbook is a powerful tool to communicate an organization’s values and vision. It lays the groundwork for a company’s culture and influences how the organization functions on a day-to-day basis. Plus, it can form the first line of defense in an employment lawsuit or litigation....

September 27, 2017
Article type: News

After careful consideration, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted today to oppose three petition drives that are bad public policy and would take our state in the wrong direction.

The three petition drives the Michigan Chamber will actively...

September 27, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce 2020 Strategic Plan calls on the Michigan Chamber to embrace government accountability. Earlier today, the Chamber’s Board of Directors reviewed and discussed legislative term limits and government accountability. Michigan Chamber President &...

September 20, 2017
Article type: Blog

Running an environmentally friendly business helps you reduce your impact on the environment and preserves natural resources. But becoming green as a business is not a one-off change; it's an ongoing endeavor that requires constant learning and improving.

Consider these...

September 20, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement in response to legislation introduced today in both the State House and Senate that would preempt local governments from imposing a tax on food and beverages. ...

September 19, 2017
Article type: Blog

Completing a Certificate of Origin can be a daunting task the first time around. The TradeCert premium export documentation system – with whom the Michigan Chamber has partnered – has been assisting thousands of exporters worldwide for over a decade with their certificate of origin requirements...

September 18, 2017
Article type: News

Bills to return the taxation of dental prosthetics in Michigan to tax exempt status were introduced in both the State House and Senate last week. The Michigan Chamber supports "re-exempting" dental prosthetics from the sales tax to help control health care costs....

September 18, 2017
Article type: News

One of Michigan’s biggest challenges is how to close the skills gap. The Michigan Chamber is working with lawmakers, Governor Snyder and other stakeholders to create a talent pipeline and fill the approximately 100,000 skilled trades jobs that are posted and remain...

September 18, 2017
Article type: News

Last week, Michigan Chamber Lobbyist, Wendy Block, discussed the need for auto insurance reform and the dangers of the 2018 ballot proposal to increase Michigan's minimum wage in two radio interviews.

In a live interview with...

September 13, 2017
Article type: Blog

Employers should not hesitate to appeal alleged MIOSHA citations that the employer believes are unwarranted. Accepting an alleged MIOSHA citation that is not justified can create problems in the future for an employer. Here are the steps:

  1. Within 15 working days of receipt of a...
September 12, 2017
Article type: Blog

If a wage garnishment is mishandled, employers can become directly liable for their employee’s judgment debt, which could potentially be a five-figure sum. When you add this to the regrettable truth that Michigan is near the top of the list for the volume of wage garnishments issued to collect...

September 10, 2017
Article type: News

In a memo to the Michigan House of Representatives last week, Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley called on state lawmakers to make meaningful...

September 9, 2017
Article type: News

After months of negotiations, the Michigan Chamber last year successfully championed legislation to reform the state’s energy policy. Since its passage, the Chamber has been working diligently to ensure the law is implemented as intended. This new law contains critical changes,...

September 9, 2017
Article type: News

Lawmakers have returned to Lansing and are expected to have a busy fall. Here is a glimpse of the issues the Michigan Chamber expects them to tackle in the coming months.  

Unemployment Insurance Fraud

The Michigan Chamber is actively engaged with...

September 9, 2017
Article type: News

Legislation introduced last week would massively increase the 100 percent employer-financed unemployment insurance (UI) weekly maximum benefit amount and dependent allowance. It would also compensate those harmed by false fraud allegations. These changes could more than double an...

September 9, 2017
Article type: News

On the heels of announcements by all four Michigan Democrats running for governor that they are backing a national push for a $15 minimum wage,...

September 7, 2017
Article type: Blog

Federal and state law requires employers to provide a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. If discrimination or harassment is reported, the employer has a duty to exercise reasonable care to prevent and promptly correct inappropriate behavior. Failure to do so may...

September 6, 2017
Article type: Blog

In a move that impacts every U.S. business with 100 or more employees (and federal contractors with 50 or more...

September 5, 2017
Article type: Blog

More and more employers are thinking about, or actually doing, checks of a job applicant’s social media sites, with or without, the...

September 1, 2017
Article type: Blog

This list is based on the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics employment and wages report for May 2014, and lists the 33 top jobs in Michigan based on estimated number of workers. It begins with the 33rd most popular job...