Human Resources

Chamber Opposes Three Petition Drives That Are Bad Public Policy and Would Take Our State in the Wrong Direction

After careful consideration, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted today to oppose three petition drives that are bad public policy and would take our state in the wrong direction.

The three petition drives the Michigan Chamber will actively oppose are: a statutory initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana; a statutory initiative to shut down critical energy infrastructure; and a proposed constitutional amendment that would undermine state government’s system of checks and balances. 

Chamber Working With Lawmakers, Governor to Close Skills Gap

One of Michigan’s biggest challenges is how to close the skills gap. The Michigan Chamber is working with lawmakers, Governor Snyder and other stakeholders to create a talent pipeline and fill the approximately 100,000 skilled trades jobs that are posted and remain unfilled. The focus has been on expanding skilled trades, strengthening career technical education statewide and increasing apprenticeship opportunities to create more jobs – but, clearly, more work needs to be done. 

Best Protection from Wage Garnishment Risks

If a wage garnishment is mishandled, employers can become directly liable for their employee’s judgment debt, which could potentially be a five-figure sum. When you add this to the regrettable truth that Michigan is near the top of the list for the volume of wage garnishments issued to collect judgments from the debtor’s employer, the result is that Michigan businesses are at significant risk.

What can you do to minimize the cost and reduce the risk posed by wage garnishments?

Senate Dems Propose Massive UI Benefit Increases; Chamber Strongly Opposed

Legislation introduced last week would massively increase the 100 percent employer-financed unemployment insurance (UI) weekly maximum benefit amount and dependent allowance. It would also compensate those harmed by false fraud allegations. These changes could more than double an employer’s maximum exposure for a former employee, increasing potential benefit charges from $7,840 to $14,060 per claimant. While not contemplated by the legislation, there is no doubt that this legislation would lead to sharp UI tax increases on employers.

Importance of Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations

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Federal and state law requires employers to provide a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. If discrimination or harassment is reported, the employer has a duty to exercise reasonable care to prevent and promptly correct inappropriate behavior. Failure to do so may result in significant liability to the company.

An effective workplace investigation serves several equally important purposes: