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.
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.
Legislation intended to address the atrocities and aftermath of the Larry Nassar situation was passed by the Senate earlier this month. The legislation is currently pending before the State House. 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 looking for feedback from you -- feedback to determine whether one of the bills in the package might go too far and whether you are concerned about the litigation that could ensue against entities not related to the Nassar situation.
Good news! Legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber passed the State House last week and is on its ways to the Governor to prohibit local units of government from passing laws to restrict what private sector employers can ask in the interview process. This legislation is being pursued after several large cities, including Philadelphia and New York City, passed ordinances prohibiting employers from asking an interviewee about his or her salary history.
When a worker decides to commit workplace fraud, it can generally be explained with the Fraud Triangle, developed by American criminologist Donald Cressey:
- Pressure side
- Opportunity side
- Rationalization side
As anyone in the United States with a TV or Internet connection probably knows, lawyers are actively hunting for plaintiffs to file asbestos lawsuits against solvent companies. Michigan is a top 10 state for this asbestos litigation. We want to hear from you if you’ve been sued!
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce reports that about 40% of unemployed workers are Millennials. Boomers are not retiring for economic reasons and technology is replacing lower level jobs normally filled by students entering the workplace.
With this high number of millennials unemployed, it shows that businesses are not connecting with millennials or providing them with opportunities to convince them to give up unemployment.
So, when recruiting:
By a vote of 58-51, the Michigan House last week approved legislation being pushed by the Michigan Chamber to limit businesses' liability in asbestos lawsuits. Similar legislation has been enacted in 12 states, including Ohio and Wisconsin.
Wage and hour, overtime and payroll issues comprise the number one legal concern facing employers, according to findings compiled by the Workplace Law Group at Bodman, LLP, Detroit. Bodman manages the Michigan Chamber's Labor Law Hotline, launched exclusively for Chamber members in 1997. Attorneys at Bodman field inquiries from Chamber members and provide instant access to information needed to protect businesses and comply with federal and state labor and employment laws.
Employers should be aware that the new federal tax law includes an employer credit for paid family leave. The provision was developed as an alternative to state and federal paid leave mandates. The goal is to incentivize employers to offer paid family leave. Employers that currently provide paid family leave and those considering adding it should take a close look at this new credit and address their options with a tax professional.