Chamber News & Blog

October 10, 2016
Article type: News

The US House of Representatives passed a bill in late September to delay by six months the effective date of the Department of Labor's (DOL's) controversial overtime regulations. Under the legislation, the rule would take effect on June 1, 2017 instead of December 1, 2016. ...

October 10, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber has played a leadership role in legislative efforts to reform Michigan’s workers’ compensation system. These reforms continue to be hugely successful in stabilizing Michigan’s workers’ compensation system and have resulted in a 39 percent decrease in premiums...

October 7, 2016
Article type: Blog

Complying with wage and hour law and doing payroll are vital components of the process of paying your employees. First, however, you must decide what amount to pay them. What other employers in comparable businesses are paying is a good way to determine what an employee's salary or salary range...

October 5, 2016
Article type: Blog

New Federal Requirements took Effect August 10, 2016

New requirements that call for employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they already record took effect Aug. 10, 2016, with phased in data submissions beginning in 2017. These requirements do not add to or...

October 4, 2016
Article type: Blog

Businesses that operate multiple locations have a variety of challenges when it comes to human resources, especially if job interviews and background checks are handled at each individual site. It is crucial that you establish a consistent hiring process, regardless of how many locations you...

October 3, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsement of Jack Bergman for U.S. House. Bergman is seeking election to represent Michigan's 1st Congressional District, which includes the entire Upper Peninsula of Michigan and 16 of 21 counties of Northern Michigan in the...

September 29, 2016
Article type: Blog

Retirement plans should be a benefit to you, your employees and your company as a whole. By following ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code and especially the fiduciary duties, your retirement plan can be more of a benefit than a burden. Although the underlying law is 30 years old, changes occur...

September 28, 2016
Article type: News

Legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber to repeal an anti-competitive tax on individuals and businesses purchasing health insurance was passed by the Michigan House last week. The Michigan Chamber applauds Speaker Cotter and Insurance Committee Chair Tom Leonard for their...

September 28, 2016
Article type: News

Michigan joined a coalition of 21 states last week to sue the U.S. Department of Labor over an aggressive new rule that would substantially increase the number of workers qualifying for overtime.  Also filed on the same day, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups...

September 27, 2016
Article type: Blog

Recruitment is in full swing in the state of Michigan. According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, the national jobless rate is at 4.9%. The rates are even lower in Michigan at 4.5%, as of July 2016. With a tight job market and steep competition by other...

September 26, 2016
Article type: Blog

Historically, an apprentice was someone who assisted a master craftsman and learned his trade by helping and observing. In modern times, this has expanded to include anyone that engages in on-the-job and classroom training to learn a skill or craft. This is usually a formal program that is...

September 22, 2016
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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) continues to scrutinize employer wellness programs and recently filed several lawsuits against employers claiming that certain wellness programs violate Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

On May 17, 2016, the EEOC...

September 21, 2016
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September 20, 2016
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Overview
With more than 95 percent of the world’s population and 80 percent of the world’s purchasing power outside the United States, future economic growth and jobs for Michigan and America increasingly depend on expanding U.S. trade and investment opportunities in the...

September 19, 2016
Article type: News

Later this week, the Michigan House is expected to consider legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber to repeal Michigan’s unique and uncompetitive Health Insurance Claims Assessment, or "HICA Tax.”  While it appears this legislation will receive the same bipartisan support it...

September 15, 2016
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Numerous laws require employers to divert wages away from the employee to another person or entity. Judgment creditors, bankruptcy courts, and child support enforcement agencies are just a few. Because there are so many such laws and they differ from state to state, it is a big task for...

September 14, 2016
Article type: News

House Bill 5873, which contains a roughly 250 percent increase in Michigan’s beer tax, would put businesses at a huge competitive disadvantage with neighboring states and would take a...

September 13, 2016
Article type: News

Do you pay property taxes? Hopefully that question got your attention and piques your interest! The Michigan Chamber is strongly opposed to legislation being...

September 9, 2016
Article type: Blog

Visa recently revised its What to Do If Compromised guidelines for handling a data breach to clarify the appropriate procedures for responding to a compromise. We’ve pulled together the highlights...

September 8, 2016
Article type: Blog

The last year has brought changes that can be beneficial to your business and employees, if you know what they are and how to apply them.

Here are a few of those changes to keep in mind as another year of open enrollment approaches.

  1. The final...
September 6, 2016
Article type: Blog

Not all job applicants will have a work history as an employee. Some, for instance, may have been self-employed. Others, like many young applicants, may simply not have worked for a company before.

Unlike most applicants who have worked for an employer, self-employed applicants don’t have...

September 2, 2016
Article type: Blog

Paying members of your small-business workforce as salaried employees may be easy for you and empowering for them, but in doing so, you must comply with the rules and regulations of the labor laws. The Fair Labor Standards Act guidelines do not apply to salary basis employees who are exempt. If...

August 29, 2016
Article type: Blog

There are first interviews, second interviews, phone interviews, lunch interviews, and group interviews; all of which have purposes and best practices. And then there's the bedrock interview of job searching: the informational one. Too bad so few people actually know its purpose or protocol....

August 26, 2016
Article type: Blog

So it’s time to sell your business, and you want to critically assess your business’s recent performance to determine a fair market value for your company. The most important metric is SDE – seller’s discretionary earnings – the historical cash flow available to pay an owner and service debt....

August 25, 2016
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Most of us have heard – or said – MOMisms and DADisms like “Because I said so!”, “Don't ask me WHY. The answer is NO.” and “Enough is enough!” And while parents may effectively get away with such terms, HR managers cannot. You will hear retorts like “You’re not the boss of me”, “Stop harassing...