Human Resources

Chamber Supports Initiative to Narrow the Skills Gap, Increase Workforce Readiness

Chamber members across the state are struggling to find skilled workers to fill critical jobs and grow their businesses. That’s why the Michigan Chamber joined Governor Whitmer and leaders from around the state and across the aisle last week to voice support for legislation to address Michigan’s talent gap.

New Mandatory Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage Laws Go Into Effect March 29; Are You Ready?

If you are still uncertain about the details of these new laws or your compliance obligations, we encourage your to visit the links below.

Here's What You Need to Know

Michigan's New Paid Sick Leave Law

Michigan's New Minimum Wage Law

Michigan Chamber members who have further questions may contact Wendy Block at wblock@michamber.com or (517) 371-7678.

Michigan Chamber Asks Court to Rule on Constitutionality of Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage Laws

The Michigan Chamber filed amicus briefs with the Michigan Supreme Court last week, asking them to rule on the constitutionality of legislation passed last session to amend Michigan’s paid sick leave and minimum wage laws. The amicus was filed on the heels of resolutions passed by the Michigan House and Senate asking the Court to consider the issue. The amicus briefs may be viewed here and here

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.