Chamber News & Blog

February 21, 2017
Article type: Blog

The first stage in export planning is to investigate the market and the various reasons to consider exporting to customers. This article details the value in trillions of dollars that U.S. total exports hold and explains some of the reasons why small-to-medium sized businesses are in a good...

February 20, 2017
Article type: News

Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has come under sharp fire recently over a string of issues, ranging from using a computer system to automatically determine if claimants had committed fraud to a sharp increase in identity theft claims to an internal data...

February 14, 2017
Article type: Blog

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February 10, 2017
Article type: Blog

We are often asked what Interchange Optimization really means and the impact it has on a company’s bottom line. The answer is complex, but at its core, Interchange Optimization is based on industry-specific program requirements that were created by the card brands (Visa, MasterCard, Discover,...

February 9, 2017
Article type: Blog

The new presidential administration is expected to have a significant impact on the employment and labor regulatory and enforcement landscape. While it’s yet unclear exactly what the impact will be, experts in human resources are anticipating a more employer-friendly shift and a change in course...

February 7, 2017
Article type: Blog

For many, life was a lot simpler decades ago. Granted, the advancements in technology and medicine didn’t seem to come as quickly as they do now. And we probably all wonder how we ever lived without cell phones.  But the slower pace is something people these days probably wouldn’t mind...

February 6, 2017
Article type: Blog

Today's employers place a high premium on keeping workers happy. After all, research shows that happy workers are the most productive.

A strong mission, like-minded co-workers and a great company culture can be rewarding, but there are other, unique perks that can both attract prospective...

February 6, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) received accolades from the Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) for helping the agency to create real-world experiences for high school students as they prepare for a career in business. Eaton RESA and the...

February 3, 2017
Article type: Blog

True or False:  Overtime hours must be paid at a rate of at least 1½ times the regular rate of pay. If you said “true” you are correct.  However, do you know what the “regular rate of pay” is and how to calculate payment for overtime hours?

The “regular rate of pay” is not simply...

February 2, 2017
Article type: Blog

Historical studies of employee theft suggest a general “10-10-80” rule of thumb. This proposes that 10% of employees will never steal, 10% will always steal, and 80% could go either way depending on circumstances and opportunity.

While the culture and example set at any company will...

February 1, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced legislative priorities for 2017-2018. These priorities were developed by the Chamber’s policy advisory committees and members...

January 26, 2017
Article type: Blog

Yes, it’s that time of year again -- when the groans of managers can be heard over the mere mention of the words, “Annual Performance Reviews.” Many managers see performance appraisals as nothing more than an empty, bureaucratic exercise forced on them by HR. And simply search the...

January 24, 2017
Article type: Blog

On November 18, 2016, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule aimed at improving several aspects of certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. This rule codifies longstanding Immigration Agency policies and practices established as a result...

January 17, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Legislature has barely begun the 2017-18 session and already we have some key topics that members should be aware of! Alarm bells are starting to ring at Michigan Chamber and staff have taken action and assumed a leadership role in protecting the interests of job...

January 17, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Legislature ended the 2015-2016 legislative session on a high note with passage of critical legislation to ensure Michigan’s energy future, says the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Revising and updating Michigan’s energy policy to strengthen the state’s competitiveness was...

January 9, 2017
Article type: News

The Board of Directors of the Michigan Chamber has elected new officers to the Chamber’s Executive Committee for 2017. The Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Michigan Chamber set policy and establish priorities for the statewide business organization on key economic...

December 21, 2016
Article type: Blog

Last week, one third of the country saw thermometers hit triple digits. Across the nation, air conditioners are cranking and sprinklers are chugging away as millions continue to seek relief from the summer heat.
While grateful for the welcome relief provided by utilities, many of us are...

December 13, 2016
Article type: Blog

More Michigan companies are realizing that tapping into foreign markets can be a money maker and job creator.

Looking for a way to diversify and weather the economic downturn, the owners of Rugged Liner Inc. in Owosso hired an international sales director in 2010 to expand sales beyond...

December 9, 2016
Article type: Blog

Fighting payment fraud and cyber threats has become quite the daunting burden over the years. In 2015, the Federal Reserve formed a division called the Secure Payments Task Force and this year the group is looking for some collaboration because for this industry, it’s all hands on deck for...

December 8, 2016
Article type: Blog

The state of Michigan just released a new mandatory notice to Michigan labor law for minimum wage, which must be posted for your employees. The federal...

December 7, 2016
Article type: Blog

Addressing workplace issues – including sticky HR situations – quickly and efficiently is important to employee retention, productivity, and to avoid and/or reduce potential liability to the company.

Some issues and...

December 6, 2016
Article type: Blog

If you accept resumes, we recommend that you also require the completion of a job application. Here’s why:

  1. Some people don’t have a resume and it would be unlawful to deny them the chance to apply for employment as a result.  So, it keeps the playing field fair.
  2. A resume...
December 5, 2016
Article type: Blog

Training employees may be a high priority for employers, but is it often poorly executed. If you train employees properly and give them adequate time to practice their new skills – with ample feedback along the way – you will see increased accuracy, less anxiety, and more teamwork.  

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December 2, 2016
Article type: Blog

What is My Legal Obligation to Pay Employees? What Happens If I Don't Pay Them?

Times are tough for many companies, and when cash is short it is tempting to try to save money by delaying payment to employees or not paying terminated employees. But paying employees is one...

December 1, 2016
Article type: Blog

The recent election results will produce significant changes in U.S. immigration policies and processes. With a Republican-controlled House, Senate and the Presidency, changes to current U.S. immigration processes appear to be guaranteed. In addition, changes to U.S. immigration laws and...