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Contractors May See Surprise Higher FUTA Costs

September 10, 2013 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

A number of states owe the federal government for loans from the federal jobless fund. Those loans become due in mid-November, and many states appear likely to default. If a state does not pay the loans back, the state’s credit against the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (“FUTA”) will be reduced. In plain English, this means [...]

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D.C. Finalizes Its Anti-1099 Labor Law

September 4, 2013 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

The District of Columbia has joined the growing number of states in passing its own anti-independent contractor law. Titled as the “Workplace Fraud Amendment Act”, the law now: Penalizes misclassified 1099 workers; Allows workers to seek 3x lost W-2 wages and benefits; Requires 1099 employers to give specific notices to worker explaining their status as [...]

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Oklahoma Implements Its Own Lead Paint Law

July 17, 2013 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

Oklahoma has become the latest of 13 states that have been authorized to administer their own lead paint laws in lieu of the federal EPA program. Fortunately, Oklahoma has incorporated all lead-safe work practices from the EPA program, so no serious concerns for contractors are on the horizon. Oklahoma contractors will no longer be subject [...]

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50-Worker ObamaCare Test Put On Hold

July 11, 2013 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

Faced with growing criticism and concerns from business owners, the Obama Administration has delayed until January 1, 2015, the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ObamaCare. If not for the delay, the employer mandate would have taken effect on January 1, 2014. The employer mandate includes a [...]

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Industry Issues to Be Aware Of (11)

May 31, 2013 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

California: A new law is now in full effect requiring a one percent (1%) assessment on purchases of lumber products and engineered wood products for use in California, based on the selling price of the products. However, the tax does not apply to wood products that have been manufactured, assembled, processed, or produced from primary [...]

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EEOC to Contractors — Start Hiring Convicted Felons!

March 22, 2013 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

Our friends at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) have recently decided that “equal opportunity” should include convicted felons. That is according to a bizarre and confusing “guidance report” recently issued by the EEOC directing employers to hire more felons and other ex-offenders. And if you refuse? Well, then you risk committing a federal crime. [...]

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BBB Email Scam

December 11, 2012 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

A growing number of businesses and individuals are reporting receiving a fake email allegedly from the Better Business Bureau stating either that a complaint has been filed against their business or that a customer has submitted a review of their business. The email asks that you to download and complete an attached form or to [...]

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Berenson LLP to Host 2-Day NAPAC Seminar

November 13, 2012 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

Join us for a jam-packed two-day legal/operational seminar with the nation’s top industry attorneys covering the issues you need to know to profit and protect yourself for 2013 as a remodeling and home improvement contractor, and what’s “in store” for the industry. This private, grass-roots seminar will be filled with counseling unavailable anywhere else, plus [...]

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Industry Issues to Be Aware Of (10)

November 13, 2012 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

Indiana: Already at the vanguard of the crackdown on unwanted telemarketing calls, Indiana officials are considering additional steps and amendments to existing law to reduce the number of auto-dialed telemarketing calls, which they claim has skyrocketed in 2012. North Carolina: In a warning that contractors should be expecting increased worker reclassification audits, Governor Beverly Perdue [...]

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Industry Issues to Be Aware Of (9)

September 20, 2012 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

Louisiana: Independent Contractor Poster Law. As a result of the recent amendment to Louisiana’s unemployment insurance law, contractors must post in a prominent and accessible location at each office, a poster that describes the responsibilities of independent contractors to pay taxes as required by state and federal laws, the rights of employees to workers’ compensation [...]

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