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EEOC updates guidelines related to pregnant employees

August 1, 2014
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued updated guidelines on pregnancy discrimination. Read More

IRS offers shortcut to tax-exempt status

August 1, 2014
Founding a nonprofit often is based on a vision of helping make the world a happier, healthier, better place — but the process can be a nightmare. Read More

State, local business community have powwow

August 1, 2014
Representatives from the state of Michigan and the West Michigan business community met last week to discuss the reinvention of Michigan and ongoing efforts to continue its growth. Read More

Judge v. judge: mediation works

July 31, 2014
| By AP
Two judges have agreed to a cease-fire in a dispute that reached the state Supreme Court. Read More

State appoints exec to international bridge board

July 30, 2014
A local economic development leader has been appointed to the board that will oversee the $2 billion New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. Read More

State awards $1.9M for blight, senior housing

July 28, 2014
| By AP
Projects in several counties in the region are getting a share of more than $1.9 million to help fight blight, as well as create senior housing. Read More

PPT won't disappear with a 'yes' vote Aug. 5

Some businesses will be free of the personal property tax but not others.

July 25, 2014
One fact about Michigan’s personal property tax on business equipment is apparently overlooked in the blizzard of support for Proposal 1 on the Aug. 5 ballot. Read More

Grand Rapids not rolling out the red carpet for Airbnb

Short-term rentals bump up against established hospitality industry.

July 25, 2014
While Airbnb may be enjoying a slightly better reception from the city of Grand Rapids than when it was first discussed, the $10 billion sharing economy business is still getting a bit of a cold shoulder. Read More

Form 5500 is late? That's $1,100 per day

Employers face Thursday deadline for employee benefits plans.

July 25, 2014
The annual deadline to file a report with the Department of Labor concerning retirement, health and welfare plans is quickly approaching for employers operating on the calendar year. Read More

Inside Track: Walker chief marks 40 years in law enforcement this year

For Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom, becoming a police officer in the 1970s meant overcoming a series of obstacles.

July 25, 2014
Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom stands as a much-needed example of how law enforcement can be an accepting and viable career path for women and members of minority communities. Read More