Good news! We are pleased to report that a series of bills to overhaul operations at the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) and head off identity theft moved out of the Senate unanimously last week. The Michigan Chamber-supported bills are now on the Governor’s desk for his expected signature.
On the last day of session for 2017, the State House last week approved legislation aimed at filling Michigan’s talent gap and opening pathways to Career and Technical Education (CTE) students.
The Chamber-supported package of bills would:
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week reversed the controversial Browning-Ferris decision, reinstating the direct control rule for joint employers. This is good news for franchisees and franchisors because Browning-Ferris threatened to dismantle the franchise business model and the autonomy of franchisees as independent business owners.
Stories of employee off-duty conduct seem to surface every week. Last month, a marketing executive was photographed making an obscene gesture toward a presidential motorcade. The photo quickly went viral on social media and other outlets. After she identified herself and posted a copy of the photo, she was fired, with her employer citing its social media policy. In August, participants in the neo-Nazi white supremacist rally were quickly identified in photos that circulated online, and their employers were confronted with calls for the employees’ termination.
Beyond basic “never dos” like showing up late and/or inebriated, wearing flip-flops, or not knowing anything about the organization or position, there are other ways candidates can derail their chances of advancing further.
Interviewers need to be aware of warning signs; spotting them quickly can prevent possible problems later.
These can include:
Effective January 1, 2018, the minimum wage rate will increase from $8.90 to $9.25. This new change to state law marks the end of a gradual 25 percent increase of the minimum wage.
The Workforce Opportunity Wage Act, Public Act 138 of 2014 (Act 138) took effect on May 27, 2014, replacing the Michigan Minimum Wage and Overtime Act (Act 154). Act 138 applies to employers in Michigan that have two or more employees age 16 and older.
Being seen as a leader is something many of us strive for, whether we are the owner of our own company or a frontline manager/supervisor. We want to be the one that people come to with questions. We want to build skills in others so they can succeed. And we like to problem-solve and do our part to help our companies grow.
A group hoping to legalize the recreational use of marijuana announced their plans to submit the required signatures to get the question on the 2018 ballot.
Last week, the Michigan House unanimously passed a seven-bill package supported by the Michigan Chamber to address key issues facing Michigan’s 100-percent employer-financed unemployment insurance (UI) program. While the legislation has many components, it works to address the critical issues that have been plaguing the UI system in recent years, including UI identity theft, or so-called imposter claims.
For years, the unemployment insurance agency (UIA) has been plagued with problems. From wrongly accusing over 40,000 individuals of unemployment insurance (UI) fraud to the growing problem of identity theft claims to a compromise of their database this past winter, no one can deny the UIA is facing many challenges and needs to clean up its act.