Chamber News & Blog

March 29, 2016
Article type: News

Twelve Lansing, Michigan area high school students were awarded $5,000 to launch their businesses this spring and summer after pitching their startup ideas to Michigan business leaders at an event hosted last week by the Michigan Chamber Foundation. Local businesses who participated...

March 28, 2016
Article type: Blog

College students across the country are getting ready to battle it out over summer internship positions, but which companies offer the best program?

Traditionally, Wall Street offered the most coveted spots, where bright-eyed, fresh-faced newbies started and ended their days to the sounds...

March 28, 2016
Article type: News

As the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule moves to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for review and promulgation, members of Congress have introduced legislation to stop the rule in its tracks. The Michigan Chamber applauds the introduction of this important...

March 28, 2016
Article type: Blog

The Michigan Chamber is urging the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to stop the proposed cuts to employer-sponsored Medicare Advantage (MA) Retiree Coverage, also known as Employer Group Waiver Plans (EGWP). 

Nationally, employers, including...

March 28, 2016
Article type: Blog

The Michigan Department of Treasury recently announced changes to its online filing portal, Michigan Treasury Online (MTO). These changes will take effect on April 4, 2016.

Treasury has added the Essential Service Assessment (ESA) to MTO. ESA is a state-specific tax...

March 24, 2016
Article type: Blog

For industries such as retail, distribution, and manufacturing, disagreements over the value of inventory can kill deals. It is basically a non-issue in the valuation process when it comes to industries with little or no inventory like service, professional, IT, etc.

For retail and...

March 23, 2016
Article type: Blog

On July 15, 2015, David Weil, the Administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Wage and Hour Division, issued an Administrator’s Interpretation aimed at addressing the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. According to Administrator Weil, most workers qualify as...

March 22, 2016
Article type: Blog

Not knowing the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules can cost you more money in addition to back pay. This is a lesson learned the hard way by the employer in Souryavong v. Lackawanna County, 2016 BL 26447 (MD PA 2016).

All employers should know that the FLSA requires that employees...

March 21, 2016
Article type: News

As previously reported, the Snyder Administration and some House lawmakers are calling for measures that would result in a car insurance tax increase on law-abiding Michigan drivers. Unfortunately, two bills (...

March 21, 2016
Article type: News

Are you considering running for State Representative in 2016? If so, make sure you have your filing form turned in by April 19th at 4:00pm. This election year, all 110 State House seats will be up for grabs, but 41 of them will be “open seats” due to term limits or the current...