Chamber News & Blog

March 3, 2016
Article type: Blog

If you’re disappointed that people don’t respond to your emails, try these four simple ways to get answers from professional email duckers. You’ll reduce your stress and improve your results:

  1. Motivate the reader with a great subject line. Perhaps you aren’t satisfied...
March 2, 2016
Article type: Blog

On June 26, 2013 in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court opined that certain portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) - the act barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages - were unconstitutional. Consequently, same sex couples with a valid state...

March 1, 2016
Article type: Blog

There seem to be a growing number of laws and individual state/county/city restrictions being placed on employers who want to build safe and reliable workforces via a program of background checks.  On top of this, employers are being sued left and right because they aren’t conducting background...

February 24, 2016
Article type: Blog

Most businesses have unclaimed property resulting from normal operations – any asset, tangible or intangible, belonging to a third party that remains unclaimed for a specified period of time. Businesses and government entities are required to report and remit to the Michigan Department of...

February 24, 2016
Article type: News

Legislation is on its way to the Governor that will allow the state to eventually repeal Michigan’s punitive Health Insurance Claims Assessment (or “HICA Tax”) and move towards an alternative solution that maintains the necessary revenue while making health insurance more affordable...

February 23, 2016
Article type: Blog

Imagine you are the Human Resources Manager at one of the “Top 100 Best Workplaces” in the state and that your company has a state of the art anti-harassment / anti-discrimination policy. You train all your employees about this policy every year demanding that employees treat each other with...

February 22, 2016
Article type: Blog

In fewer than 5 years, the makeup of your organization will be dramatically different. What is this shift? And, more importantly, is your organization ready for this change?

Currently, members of “Generation Z”, individuals born between 1990 and 2000, represent only 7% of the U.S....

February 22, 2016
Article type: News

As part of the Governor’s 2016-2017 Executive Budget recommendation, the Administration called for the repeal of an insurance tax credit that serves to spread the costs associated with providing healthcare benefits to those injured by an automobile when no other insurance is available...

February 22, 2016
Article type: News

President Obama’s proposed 2017 budget would increase employers’ unemployment insurance (UI) taxes by nearly $63 billion and, from there, put UI taxes on auto-pilot for annual increases. The Michigan Chamber is strongly opposed to this proposal and will be fighting this massive tax...

February 22, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber is advocating for passage of federal legislation to ensure small business owners can offer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to employees in order to help them pay premiums and/or other out-of-pocket costs associated with medical care and services.

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