Human Resources

Data Privacy: Know the Laws & Reputation Risks to Your Business

Every business has data. Some is critical. Some is sensitive. Some is not. What falls into each category changes from business to business. The legal and reputational risks that data brings do not change. 

Many business owners are surprised by how many laws apply to their business. After all, they say, data is not even the focus of my business, how can almost a dozen laws apply, just to my data? That is only half the question. The other half is how to keep up with the changing laws. 

Recent NLRB Decisions Benefit Employers

With union activity relatively quiet during the Obama presidency, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) spent much of its attention regulating the non-union workplace, issuing decisions on handbooks, computer use, wearing of Hawaiian shirts, social media, and bringing smart phones to work.  

This NLRB attention spawned many decisions which left employers scratching their heads. That trend is changing. With the election of President Trump, the NLRB, with the new Republican majority, is taking a fresh look at these Obama era decisions.

Senate Passes Commonsense Medicaid Work Requirement; Chamber Encouraging Swift Action by House

The Michigan Senate voted last week on key legislation supported by the Michigan Chamber to promote independence among healthy, adult Medicaid recipients by requiring them to find work or engage in job training or educational opportunities as a condition of receiving benefits. 

You Don't Have to Be a CPA to Understand a Company's Financial Health

If you want to find out the financial health of a company - or even your own - there are two good ways to do it. To get started, gather financial statements (including balance sheet, income statement and a statement of cash flow) for the last five years of the company you want to review. Once in hand, you can utilize two key ratios to spot trends that will tell you how that company is doing financially compared to others. 

#1: Assets vs. Debt

Michigan Chamber Supports Commonsense Medicaid Work Search Requirements

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today applauded the Senate Competitiveness Committee's vote on key legislation to promote independence among healthy, adult Medicaid recipients by requiring them to find work or engage in job training or educational opportunities as a condition of receiving benefits. Currently, half of healthy adults on Medicaid are not working.

5 Ways Job Applicants Try to Trick the System

Background checks on prospective employees are an important part of verifying applicants’ qualifications and identifying any legal or security risks that could be harmful to the company. Job applicants are generally honest when it comes to background checks, but some have found ways to get around these checks.

Here are five ways prospective employees might try to undermine the background check system to avoid revealing certain information that could prevent them from being hired.

Supervisors Play a Vital Role in Preventing Harassment in the Workplace

In light of all the news of sexual harassment, you would be right to be concerned about the potential liability of a harassment claim and should seek to understand your role in it as a supervisor.

Perhaps you have overheard or participated in a little bit of banter between team members and other supervisors that may be considered sexual in nature. You may have never had any complaints about this banter, but it’s possible you could in the future. What should you do to make sure you and your employees are protected?

Michigan Chamber CEO Testifies in Support of Medicaid Work Requirements

Chamber President and CEO Rich Studley testified before the Senate Competitiveness Committee last week in favor of legislation to require able-bodied adults to work, enroll in job training or pursue additional education to maintain their Medicaid coverage. The Chamber’s testimony centered around the Healthy Michigan (Medicaid Expansion) program and Michigan’s talent gap. 

Good News! Chamber-Backed Bill Targeting Flagrant Abuses in Asbestos Litigation on its Way to Governor

In recent years, asbestos litigation has become riddled with unethical legal practices employed by bad acting personal injury attorneys looking to pad their wallets. By hiding evidence of exposure by the original manufacturers of asbestos, personal injury attorneys have made advantage of vulnerabilities in our legal system an art form. Legislation pushed by the Chamber, which is now on the Governor’s desk, works to reverse these trends and save businesses of all sizes and types time and money in the process.