Human Resources

Conducting Investigations - Finding Out What Really Happened

Picture this, you come into work on a Monday after a relaxing weekend. Before you’ve even had your first cup of coffee, there’s an employee at your desk telling you that one of your senior executives has been harassing people. You’re given several examples of highly inappropriate comments and activities about this executive.        

Having Problems Finding Talent? The WorkKeys Tool Can Help

Now more than ever, Michigan businesses need a strong, skilled workforce. Yet with the tight labor market, finding the right talent can be challenging. The WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a standardized tool employers can use to gauge a prospective employee’s work skills. Has your business considered using this tool? 

Governor Signs Chamber-Backed Bills to Repeal Health Insurance Claims Assessment or "HICA Tax"

Governor Signs Chamber-Backed Bills to Repeal HICA Tax

We are pleased to report that Governor Snyder today signed legislation long-sought by the Michigan Chamber to repeal Michigan's wholly unique and uncompetitive Health Insurance Claims Tax, or "HICA Tax."

Senate Bills 992-994 were signed into law today with immediate effect as Public Act 173 of 2018. This new law turns the page on the HICA tax, which has served as a disincentive to purchasing health insurance and has added over $1.5 billion to the cost of health insurance coverage since 2011.

Fraud Alert! Look Out for Unemployment Identity Theft Claims

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Employers should carefully review their Unemployment Insurance accounts for potential fraudulent claims.

The Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has notified the Chamber that, even though fraudulent activity has dropped significantly since January, they saw an increase in fraudulent filings over the Memorial Day weekend. 

Legalized Pot Will Be On the November Ballot

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June 5, 2018 marked the deadline for the Michigan Legislature to approve the citizen’s initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The date came and went, meaning the voters will decide at the ballot box in November whether marijuana should be legalized. 

The Michigan Chamber opposes the ballot proposal. Click here for further information on the ballot proposal and to better understand the negative impact it could have on the workplace. 

Groups submit signatures for Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave Ballot Initiatives; Chamber Opposed

Organizers of ballot proposals to raise the minimum wage to $12 per hour and mandate paid sick leave submitted signatures to the Michigan Bureau of Elections, signaling their intent to make the November ballot. 

The Michigan Chamber is opposed to both ballot proposals.  The first line of defense will be to verify whether proponents collected the required 252,523 valid voter signatures in a 180-day window to make the ballot. 

Chamber Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Repeal and Replace Health Insurance Tax ("HICA"); Encourages Governor's Signature

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Michigan Chamber Vice President of Business Advocacy Wendy Block issued the following statement today in response to State House passage of legislation to repeal and replace Michigan's Health Insurance Claims Tax ("HICA Tax"):

Proposed Changes to Michigan's Sexual Assault Laws Could Have Wide-Ranging Consequences for Your Business

Legislation intended to address the atrocities and aftermath of the Larry Nassar situation was passed by the Senate earlier this month and is now pending in the House Law and Justice Committee. While we agree that all victims must be protected and the Legislature should research every available option to improve public policy in this area, we are concerned that one of the bills in the package might go too far and open businesses (not just perpetrators) to retroactive lawsuits and civil damages.