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Governmental Affairs: March 14, 2014

Committee okays legislation to exempt some from UI taxes

The Senate Reforms, Restructuring, and Reinventing Committee reported out legislation (HB 4958) that would exempt employers from paying unemployment insurance taxes on H2B workers and J1 workers who are not eligible for unemployment benefits.

Governmental Affairs: February 28, 2014

Gov. Snyder calls for state action on Main Street Fairness

We have great news to report: Governor Snyder publicly stated his support for the legislature to take up Main Street Fairness legislation.

More lessons from latest data breaches

I mentioned in a previous blog that all of us can learn from the massive retail data breaches that were announced during the holidays, and we should be using the knowledge as a tool to strengthen protection of our own data.

Governmental Affairs: February 14, 2014

Comprehensive recycling push begins

The state’s comprehensive recycling workgroup met yesterday and received DEQ Director Dan Wyant’s proposal. His plan was based on feedback from several meetings and only takes the first step toward establishing more recycling opportunities in Michigan,

Lessons to learn from latest data breaches

As almost everyone has heard, a number of large retailers suffered massive data breaches over the Christmas season. While all of the details around these attacks have not been made public,

How to handle merchandise returns

Our biggest problems with customers involve merchandise returns and refunds. We have a fairly strict return policy, and some customers tell us we can’t be so restrictive. We have always maintained that we are free to set our own policies.

Retail isn’t rocket science, but …

While retail isn’t rocket science, it requires its own kind of very smart, even brilliant, people … those who can analyze situations that are gray, rather than black and white,

Governmental Affairs: January 17, 2014

Happy New Year!

The legislature began its regular session on January 8. MRA’s Government Affairs News will continue on a regular, biweekly basis until the summer break.

State of the State mostly a recap

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