Chamber News & Blog

November 30, 2016
Article type: Blog

Once you have conducted your interviews and narrowed it down to your top candidates, it is now time to choose between these top candidates. Many organizations choose to do assessments to help them make this final decision.

There are several different types of tests available; personality...

November 28, 2016
Article type: News

Job providers from across the state today joined together to speak out against legislation that would mandate suburban employers become the tax collectors for Michigan cities that impose an income tax on their residents. Legislation in both the Michigan Senate (Senate Bill 1127) and...

November 23, 2016
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A federal judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction blocking the US Department of Labor’s (US-DOL) new overtime rule. The injunction halts enforcement of the rule until the case is decided. 

The regulation was scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016. It...

November 18, 2016
Article type: Blog

I have met with scores of underperforming business owners over the years and delivered the bad news: it is close to impossible to get an acceptable price (to the owner) for his/her business given the industry standard of valuing businesses at a multiple of cash flow.

With little cash...

November 16, 2016
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For the largest corporations in the United States, renewable energy is becoming business as usual. This is as good news for the bottom line as it is for our planet. In fact, nearly half of the largest companies in the U.S. are already capturing significant business value by cutting emissions and...

November 15, 2016
Article type: Blog

So you want to sell to the world? You’ve come to the right place. Thanks to the Internet, setting up an import/export business can be ridiculously simple and very profitable. Here are ways to make it happen.

Without a website or blog, you can't have a networked import/export business. Get...

November 14, 2016
Article type: News

Regardless of your opinion about the outcome of last week’s election, one thing that is clear from job providers in the ensuing week is that government mandates and over-regulation are damaging the ability of employers to grow and create jobs! The Michigan Chamber has been a leader in...

November 14, 2016
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We are pleased to report that, last week, the Michigan Senate passed two bills -- SB 437 & 438 -- to reform Michigan's energy policy. The bills received bipartisan support and were passed by a two-thirds majority of the Senate. 

The final version of SB 437...

November 11, 2016
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Business Insider recently shared a feature on the “Gap Between EMV Adoption and Usage in the US” and how we have been stacking up against other countries around the globe.

First off, let’s define exactly what EMV is and why it’s here.

EMV stands...

November 10, 2016
Article type: Blog

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) Final Regulations, changing the minimum salary requirements for exempt salaried executive, administrative, professional, and computer employees, go into effect on December 1, 2016. December 1 is the deadline. There is no grace period.

This is...

November 9, 2016
Article type: News

Yesterday, Democrats, Republicans and Independents cast a vote in favor of Chamber-endorsed candidates running on an agenda of limited government and free enterprise. Delivering powerful advocacy is a core competency of the Michigan Chamber and we are pleased to report that once again...

November 8, 2016
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The state of Michigan just released a new mandatory notice for minimum wage that must be posted for your employees. Plus, the federal government recently released two mandatory notices that were effective in August.

These are mandatory state and federal revisions, so all...

November 3, 2016
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On Friday October 28, 2016, the United States Supreme Court agreed to review a major transgender case. The case involves a 15-year-old Virginia high school student who, two years ago, declared himself to be a transgender male. His school granted him permission...

November 1, 2016
Article type: Blog

Hand pointing to resumeClass-action lawsuits against employers are becoming more common because plaintiffs (job applicants and current employees) are claiming that...

October 28, 2016
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The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today announced its 2016 Legal Reform Award winners at its 17th Annual Legal Reform Summit.  

"We are proud to honor these individuals and organizations for their tireless efforts to advocate for commonsense legal...

October 27, 2016
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement from Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley in response to Governor Snyder’s veto of bipartisan legislation championed by the Chamber to repeal an anti-competitive tax on individuals and businesses...

October 25, 2016
Article type: Blog

Interviewing candidates can be a daunting and time consuming endeavor for hiring managers. It seems like it should be simple, but for some the interview process can become their worst nightmare: slow, awkward and ineffective. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Interviewing candidates...

October 23, 2016
Article type: News

Legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber to repeal an anti-competitive tax on individuals and businesses purchasing health insurance was sent to the Governor Snyder last week. Although there are no guarantees, the Michigan Chamber remains hopeful that the Governor will sign this...

October 23, 2016
Article type: News

Despite the fact that we are nearing the end of a legislative session, members need to be aware that bad legislation can continue to be introduced and acted on upon until the very end of the year!

In this case, Senator Geoff Hansen (R-Hart) has proposed...

October 23, 2016
Article type: News

After almost a year of negotiations, the Michigan Chamber has won enough changes to support Senate Bill 437. The new substitute bill, combined with some clarifying...

October 20, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement as legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber advances to the Governor to repeal an anti-competitive tax on individuals and businesses purchasing health insurance. The Health Insurance Claims Assessment, or "...

October 19, 2016
Article type: Blog

Abstract: Energy production on private lands in the United States has been one of the most promising success stories in recent years, at a time when the country has struggled to grow economically. A large part of the success behind this tremendous oil and gas production and...

October 18, 2016
Article type: Blog

The following two maps show the most valuable import and export in each state in America by dollar value. The maps were prepared by cost estimating website Fixr.com using 2014 data from the US Census Bureau.  ...

October 13, 2016
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Decades after its initial passage, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) continues to be one of the most difficult employment laws for employers to manage in the workplace. The law is complex and often disruptive to business operations. However, it gives employees a substantial number of benefits...

October 12, 2016
Article type: Blog

What do some corporate retirement planners know that you don’t? There’s gold in them there private health exchanges! Savings to US Companies who move their retirees to private health care exchanges could be in the trillions,...