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In an effort to keep you informed of LARA’s (Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs) efforts to support business growth and job creation, while safeguarding Michigan’s citizens through a simple, fair, efficient and transparent regulatory structure, we are pleased to share the following news with you.

The Workers’ Compensation Agency (WCA) has announced the pure premium advisory rate for workers’ compensation insurance will drop by an average of 6.5 percent in 2015 and will decrease 6.3 percent annually from 2011-15. The pure premium rate will plummet 27.7 percent since 2011, saving Michigan employers an estimated $277 million. The most recent comparison data shows that Michigan’s cumulative pure premium decrease of 22.7 percent from 2011-14 is best in the Midwest and second best in the nation. While Michigan’s rate plummeted, the national average went up 10.8 percent.

Please see the below information and watch the video to learn more about how the WCA is focused on protecting injured workers and containing costs for employers. Michigan’s Workers’ Compensation System is a strategic asset to the state and provides a competitive edge in attracting and retaining businesses and growing jobs.

Michigan Workers' Comp Rate Decrease

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In an article appearing in PCWorld, reporter Lucian Constantin outlined a new phishing campaign targeted to Apple iCloud users. The complete article can be found at http://www.pcworld.com/article/2604060/hackers-launch-apple-id-phishing-campaign-playing-on-icloud-security-worries.html. The Chamber would like to remind members that phishing schemes can lead to identity theft, computer and network crashes, and loss of vital information.

Microsoft has provided a good overview of information on how to recognize phishing email messages, links, or phone calls and what to do if you have been subject to phishing.

What does a phishing email message look like?
Here is an example of what a phishing scam in an email message might look like.
phishing_email_example
To view the complete article – http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/phishing-symptoms.aspx

Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with some of the ways to recognize these malicious attacks and protect your information.

State and local Chambers from around the state gathered in Lansing for meetings with legislators and staff and to advocate for policies that foster business and job growth

On Tuesday, May 6, the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and 31 other local Chambers met in Lansing to discuss their combined goals and strategies in 2014. Participants were scheduled to attend a series of meetings with legislators and policymakers throughout the day to discuss issues favorable to job creation and business growth in Michigan.

The Saginaw Chamber of Commerce is leading the way for members in our community to be better informed about issues affecting their businesses,” said Chamber President Bob Van Deventer. “Our participation in Chamber of Commerce Day demonstrates we are engaging our members with lawmakers and opinion leaders to make a difference.”

Participants met early in the day with policymakers to discuss topics on transportation and infrastructure funding, minimum wage and personal property tax reform. In the afternoon, chamber leaders met with legislators and concluded the meeting with a forecast on the remainder of the legislative session.

The event marks the first Chamber of Commerce Day, but participants are already making plans for an annual event.

“We had an impressive turnout today with many important chambers of commerce from around the state,” said Bob Thomas, Executive Director, Michigan Chamber Foundation. “Legislators heard directly from local businesspeople in their district about policies affecting their companies. Having so many business leaders convene at once is a powerful opportunity to send a message.”