Human Resources

Chamber Closely Monitoring Cybersecurity Liability Legislation

Cybersecurity is a growing issue for businesses and individuals throughout the world. Over the last few years, we have seen unprecedented breaches of computer systems releasing millions of records containing sensitive personal information. There is no denying that this developing issue deserves attention. However, legislation recently introduced by State Senator Darwin Booher (R-Evart) to combat this problem here in Michigan goes too far too fast. 

Unemployment Taxes Projected to Decrease in 2018, Thanks to Reforms Pushed by the Chamber

Good News! Michigan businesses are expected to see an unemployment insurance (UI) tax reduction in 2018, thanks to comprehensive reforms pushed by the Michigan Chamber in 2011. The state estimates unemployment insurance tax rates will decrease by an average of 4.5 percent in 2018. Further tax relief is expected in July of 2020.  

Governor Signs Chamber Bills Targeting Unemployment Identity Theft

Good news! Governor Snyder has signed a series of bills being pushed by the Michigan Chamber to overhaul operations at the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) and head off identity theft.

The seven-bill package was supported by business and labor and passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. House Bills 5165-5172, now Public Acts 225-232 of 2017, would:

Governor Signs Chamber Bills Targeting Unemployment Identity Theft

Good news! Governor Snyder has signed a series of bills being pushed by the Michigan Chamber to overhaul operations at the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) and head off identity theft.

The seven-bill package was supported by business and labor and passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. House Bills 5165-5172, now Public Acts 225-232 of 2017, would:

Employer Harassment Liability isn’t Confined to the Office

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With news stories breaking involving allegations of sexual harassment, employers are – or should be – thinking of proactive methods to prevent sexual harassment in their workplace.

Many businesses in Michigan and beyond are updating their harassment policies and rolling out handbook updates as 2018 gets started. Having a comprehensive but concise and understandable sexual harassment policy is a great tool for employers of all sizes, and may provide a valuable affirmative defense if a harassment allegation turns into a federal or state lawsuit. 

Sexual Harassment Complaints Increasing Against Employers

guy pursuing female co-worker

While news regarding sexual harassment may have just recently reached new heights, litigation over harassment, including sexual harassment has been growing for years. The law allows employers and individuals to be sued for back pay, front pay, emotional damages, and other punitive damages for violation of the law related to harassment. In fact, employees have increasingly been utilizing the court system to file their own lawsuits or reaching out to either the:

Employer Response to Aggressive Intruders and Active Shooters

woman hiding behind desk

News stories from the last few months reinforce how employers must be vigilant to protect employees internationally, nationally and locally. To protect employees, customers, and contractors, it does not really matter who the perpetrators are; what matters most is do our employees know what to do when they encounter aggressive intruders or active shooters in the workplace?