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Retail Index: Summer weather in July helps Michigan sales

LANSING, Mich. – July was a much better month for Michigan retailers, as parents started back-to-school shopping and summer weather encouraged shoppers to hit the stores after a cold, rainy June.

Open enrollment deadline extended to June 30!

The open enrollment period for MRA’s Retailers Insurance Company dental plan, administered by Delta Dental of Michigan, and vision plan, administered by VSP Vision, is now June 30, with an effective date of July 1.

Michigan AG plans crackdown on payroll fraud

From Retailers Insurance Company

Employers should be aware that the state is starting to crack down on worker misclassification and payroll fraud.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced April 22 that she’s establishing a Payroll Fraud Enforcement Unit to investigate businesses that misclassify full-time workers as independent contractors,

MRA can help recover your funds from Visa/MasterCard class action suit

MRA credit card processing customers may recall that Michigan Retailers encouraged you to enroll in a program to help you get money back in a class action settlement against Visa and MasterCard concerning interchange fees.

More snow, cold to blame for lower sales in February

The frigid temperatures and continuous snow storms across the state slowed retail sales in February, according to the monthly Retail Index survey that Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) conducts in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit branch.

Sen. Mike Shirkey is MRA’s 2018 Legislator of the Year

By AMY DRUMM

State Senator Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) is in his second and final term in the Michigan Senate, where he was recently elected Senate Majority Leader by his Republican colleagues for the next four years.

March 2 OSHA deadline coming up

Some of the filing requirements for OSHA have been dropped, but some employers still face a March 2 filing deadline.

March 2 is the deadline for electronically reporting the 300A data for employers with peak employment between 20 and 249 workers during the previous calendar year.

Lendio, MRA partner to offer easy access to business loans

Getting a business loan is made easier, thanks to a new partnership between Michigan Retailers Association and Lendio.

In a new pilot program, MRA members who are part of the association’s merchant processing program can now access Lendio,