Chamber News & Blog

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...

April 21, 2017
Article type: Blog

During the hiring process, employers provide prospective applicants with a variety of documents.  Indeed, most employers require that applicants complete an employment application and authorize the employer to conduct a...

April 18, 2017
Article type: Blog
1. Access 
Today, improvements in trade finance, the Internet, and trade agreements have dramatically increased access to markets worldwide.  
 
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April 17, 2017
Article type: Blog

People in administrative roles have become the target of choice for data thieves. If you have received an email from an executive at your company requesting W2 or payroll information that turned out to be fake, you...

April 13, 2017
Article type: Blog

The state of Michigan just released an update to the Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination poster, which must be posted for your employees.

These are the two most recent updates to Michigan labor law. There are 18 total required employment notices that Michigan businesses...

April 11, 2017
Article type: Blog

Inquiries about employees ...

April 7, 2017
Article type: Blog

If you’re a growing small business and need help...

April 6, 2017
Article type: Blog

When communicating in the debt ...

April 4, 2017
Article type: Blog

When conducting background checks on current employees, especially those who are under consideration for promotion, here are some items to consider:

  1. Under federal law in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the background authorization document signed by the employee when...
April 3, 2017
Article type: News

Last week, the Senate Education Committee moved legislation, despite significant opposition by the Michigan Chamber and other business interests, to repeal Michigan’s post-Labor Day school start law. 

Although this legislation was billed as a way to address the “...

April 3, 2017
Article type: News

Last week, the Michigan House passed legislation supported by the Michigan Chamber to provide for greater flexibility in Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements with the goal of narrowing the skills gap and fostering workforce readiness. 

Current law requires students...

March 27, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber is strongly urging the State House to quickly pass legislation to remove a tax “penalty” on Michigan-based aviation repair facilities...

March 27, 2017
Article type: News

Unfortunately, legislation to dramatically change how property tax assessments and appeals are conducted in Michigan has been reintroduced under the guise of making corporations pay their “fair share” in property taxes.

Urged on by local governments who want to...

March 21, 2017
Article type: Blog

Exporting can create a whole new playing field of opportunity for small businesses. Nearly 96 percent of consumers live outside the U.S. and two-thirds of global purchasing power is in foreign countries, according to...

March 16, 2017
Article type: Blog

It is becoming more common for employers to conduct some sort of online research of applicants. One concern with researching applicants using social media is that social media profiles often readily allow visitors to...

March 15, 2017
Article type: Blog

As cell phones have become an increasingly invaluable part of the small business world, the average cell phone bill has climbed 15 percent since 2001. Businesses aren’t immune to rising cell phone costs, but with so...

March 14, 2017
Article type: Blog

Nobody would want to drive a vehicle that wasn’t properly maintained and lacked important safety features. Yet at one shipping company that operates nationwide workers were required to operate unsafe forklifts. 

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March 9, 2017
Article type: Blog

The people working for you have a huge impact on customer loyalty and innovation and it is imperative that you encourage their passion and keep them engaged. Data shows that the levels of employee engagement and workplace passion have a very high correlation to the competitive value you bring to...

March 7, 2017
Article type: Blog

There are a few categories of workers in this country that requires a background check by law. For the most part, public school employees, healthcare workers, casino employees, and a host of others in certain job categories must have background checks done. That list includes commercial drivers...

March 3, 2017
Article type: Blog

There are many ways to measure the success of an entrepreneur, including the number of new ideas launched, the revenue and profits earned, and the ways in which he or she serves an industry or a community. But perhaps the chief among these is the impact the entrepreneur is able to have on the...

March 2, 2017
Article type: Blog

I often do an exercise at the start of my training sessions that highlight the similarities and differences between four of the most common personality types. There are many assessments available on the market that do something similar, but knowing you are different from someone else does not...

February 28, 2017
Article type: Blog

True or False:  The minimum wage for Michigan employees is $8.90 per hour.  

For...

February 24, 2017
Article type: Blog

The ideal time to sell your company is when business is good, the economy is strong, your industry has no clouds on the horizon, and you are looking forward to record performance years. And, of course, you prefer that your health and the health of your business are both good.

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February 23, 2017
Article type: Blog

The objective of business owners is profitability. Your organization's success depends on your employees' performance;...