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A strong retail showing

Michigan Sales
After a sluggish start, we are now at the mid-point of a Pure Michigan summer and from all reports coming into our Lansing-based “world headquarters” it’s been favorable for many of our members.

Emergency backup plan makes for smoother ride

John Mayleben, CPP, is a consultant to Michigan Retailers Association and is MRA’s retired senior vice president technology and new product development. He is a national expert on electronic payment processing and was the first person in Michigan and among the first in the nation to receive the Certified Payments Professional (CPP) designation from the national Electronic Transactions Association.

Another one (in 76 million) bites the dust

by Tom Scott, MRA Senior Vice President Communications and Marketing

Note: Publisher Jim Hallan invited Michigan Retailer Editor Tom Scott to use his column for a farewell on the eve of retirement after 24 years with MRA.

Coming soon: a 20 percent tax on consumer goods?

Imagine paying an additional 20 percent tax on many of the products you sell. It would be a budget-busting expense for most retailers. But that’s exactly what will happen if Congress passes a Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) as part of its larger tax reform plan.

Striking a balance when monitoring workplace

by William J. Hallan, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel

Balance is not easy to achieve. Especially when it comes to maintaining employee privacy while also protecting your business interests.

Retailers Insurance Safety Tips

Retailers Insurance Company is a Michigan-based insurer established by Michigan Retailers Association. Currently, Retailers Insurance provides workers’ compensation insurance and group dental insurance to Michigan businesses of all types and sizes.

Membership Services Corner

by Ally Nemetz, Director, Customer Service and Data Administration

Quick notes on key services. Call 800.563.5981 for credit card processing assistance or 800.366.3699 for other matters.

What the law says about employee lunch, breaks

by William J. Hallan, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel

You might be surprised to learn that but for a few exceptions, Michigan employers are not required to provide meal or rest periods to their employees.

Protect against ice-related falls

Winter time in Michigan creates numerous seasonal hazards for individuals, especially the risk of falling due to icy conditions.

According to Michigan’s hospital surveillance data, 60 workers were hospitalized in 2014 and 54 in 2015 after falling on the ice at work.

New rule requiring public reporting of work injuries – nudge or public shaming?

Many Michigan businesses will be required as soon as July 1 to start using a new, online system to report their companies’ work-related injury and illness records to the public.