Chamber News & Blog

June 1, 2017
Article type: Blog

Earlier this year a federal jury awarded 66-year-old Robert Braden a whopping $51.1 million in damages against his former employer Lockheed Martin Corporation. Mr. Braden was not a high-level executive; instead, he was a mid-level manager who had been employed by Lockheed Martin for 28 years. He...

May 31, 2017
Article type: News

We have some good news we'd like to share with you. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has once again been ranked the most effective lobbying organization in Lansing by MIRS/EPIC-MRA. This independent survey of lawmakers, executive branch officials, lobbyists and association...

May 26, 2017
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Job providers that missed the deadline to file for a personal property tax exemption in 2017 will get a second bite at the apple under legislation supported...

May 26, 2017
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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) continues to battle with the EPA over what Michigan's wetlands law should include or exclude to comply with federal wetlands laws and rules. Without resolution, Michigan could lose its federally-delegated authority to administer...

May 26, 2017
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Legislation to reform the Michigan Tax Tribunal was taken hostage in the House Tax Committee last week when a hostile amendment was adopted by the committee. The amendment was a blatant slap in the face to a taxpayer’s right to appeal their property taxes in a fair manner and without...

May 26, 2017
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President Trump’s federal budget proposal calls for up to six weeks of paid leave for employees after the birth or adoption of a child. The Michigan Chamber is opposed to this proposal because it would be funded entirely by states’ 100 percent employer-financed unemployment insurance...

May 26, 2017
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A new video released by the Michigan Chamber explains why the Chamber is strongly opposed to legislative efforts to impose a massive tax increase on families, entrepreneurs and job providers by imposing a graduated income tax. This blatant...

May 25, 2017
Article type: Blog

Should a business owner have to pay a non-refundable deposit to a business broker to enlist the broker’s services? This has been a hot topic for several years. Let’s take a closer look.

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May 24, 2017
Article type: News

Groups hoping to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and repeal the state’s prevailing wage law were given the green light to begin gathering petitions after the Board of State Canvassers approved the forms of the petitions last week.

Marijuana...

May 16, 2017
Article type: Blog

In 2016, $21,609,315 in...

May 15, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan House Tax Committee is expected to approve Chamber-supported legislation to reform Michigan’s Tax Tribunal this week. The legislation would impact both commercial and residential taxpayers by reducing wait times for cases and ensuring Tribunal appointees have the training...

May 15, 2017
Article type: News

Legislation supported by the Michigan Chamber will be considered by the House Tax Policy Committee this week to clarify instances where an individual or business can be assessed personal liability for unpaid property taxes or special assessments. 

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May 11, 2017
Article type: Blog

Workplace violence is increasing. In society there are many stresses. Our current work/economic environment is certainly stressful as employers attempt to remain viable. 

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May 9, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today applauded Governor Snyder’s pick of Kurtis T. Wilder for the Michigan Supreme Court. Judge Wilder, who has served on the Michigan Court of Appeals in the 1st District since 1998, will fill the vacancy left by Chief Justice Robert Young Jr., who...

May 9, 2017
Article type: Blog

Wait! What!!! That doesn’t make sense!!?? An export means a thing is leaving the U.S. and going to another country. How can an export possibly occur wholly within the U.S.? 

Well, let’...

May 8, 2017
Article type: Blog

The use of traditional, painstakingly manual payroll systems are on the decline, and for good reason -- they're repetitive, complicated and prone to human error.  

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May 5, 2017
Article type: Blog

Your first day of work for a new employer or in a new position can be exciting, terrifying, and more than a little overwhelming. In Information Technology, there are few things that amplify the feeling of being overwhelmed as much as inheriting an IT infrastructure and recognizing major gaps in...

May 2, 2017
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May 1, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber has been actively engaging with the House Oversight Committee to develop reforms to Michigan’s unemployment insurance (UI) program specifically targeted at identity theft and imposter claims. 

Chamber members and businesses across the state are...

May 1, 2017
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The Michigan House Tax Committee will begin hearing legislation later this week to reform Michigan’s Tax Tribunal. The legislation, supported by the Michigan Chamber, would impact both commercial and residential taxpayers by reducing wait times for cases and ensuring Tribunal...

May 1, 2017
Article type: News

Fraud affects everyone – employers, claimants and taxpayers – and drives up the cost of doing business. As employers, you can help save millions of dollars in fraudulent payments that might otherwise go undetected by identifying suspected fraud. In many fraud cases – such as an...

April 27, 2017
Article type: Blog

YOU impact hiring the most...

April 26, 2017
Article type: Blog

It's easy for small businesses to be energy-conscious and save money at the same time. We've all received emails with signatures that ask, "Do you really need to print this email?" If you do have to, an easy, cost-...

April 26, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce announced today that Daniel Papineau has joined the statewide business organization as Director of Tax Policy. 

Papineau comes to the Michigan Chamber with a strong background in tax policy issues, as well as legislative process,...

April 25, 2017
Article type: Blog

In this age of electronic records storage, many employers wonder whether their employees still have the right to review their personnel “file” when so many (or perhaps all) of a business’s employment records tend to be...