Archives: June 2012

Industry Issues to Be Aware of (5)

June 4, 2012 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

Georgia: Continuing education requirements for Georgia contractors have taken effect. In 2012, an applicant for renewal of his residential license must have completed 3 hours of acceptable continuing education for a Residential Basic license and 6 hours of continuing education for a Residential Light Commercial license. Massachusetts: In 2011, the Commonwealth’s Joint Enforcement Task Force […]

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Industry Issues to Be Aware Of (4)

May 31, 2012 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

EPA: The EPA has fined 2 companies for violations of the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. Valiant Home Remodelers of Carteret, N.J., will pay $1,500 to for failing to follow lead-safe work practices. Johnson Sash & Door of Omaha, Neb., will pay $5,558 for failing to delivery the “Renovate Right” pamphlet. Florida: Floridians can now […]

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Ohio Enacts “Right to Cure” for Consumer Lawsuits Against Contractors, Lenders, and Manufacturers

May 22, 2012 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

Last month Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 275 into law, which allows Ohio businesses to offer to “cure” a complaint brought by a consumer under the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act (“CSPA”). The CSPA, like most broadly worded consumer protection statutes, generally prohibits a business from engaging in “deceptive” or “misleading” practices with […]

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Industry Issues to Be Aware Of (3)

March 6, 2012 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

California: Joining Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Utah and Washington, the California Labor Commissioner has signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Labor to jointly focus on misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Arizona: The Arizona House Ways and Means Committee recently approved legislation to limit to three […]

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FTC Announces Consent Decrees Against Serious Windows, Gorell, and Others for Deceptive Energy Claims

February 23, 2012 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

Earlier today the FTC held a media conference call to announce that consent decrees have been issued against Serious, Gorell, and others in the window industry. These entities had been targeted for making deceptive claims about the energy efficiency of their replacement windows, and about how much consumers could expect to save on their home […]

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Gorell Windows Moved into Receivership

February 15, 2012 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

Gorell Windows and Doors, based in North Carolina, was moved into formal receivership last week under court order per an agreement with the company’s secured creditors. The receiver, Pittsburgh-based Meridian Group, has begun contacting Gorell dealers in what appears to be an effort to solidify pipeline jobs and increase the cash flow into the company. […]

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Clean Energy Trade War with China Heats Up

February 2, 2012 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

The U.S. Commerce Department has just launched an investigation into alleged dumping claims against wind energy towers from China and Vietnam. If the investigation shows injury to U.S. businesses, the result could be serious import duties on more than $100 million worth of imported wind energy towers. There is already friction between the U.S. and […]

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Industry Issues to Be Aware Of (2)

January 31, 2012 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

California: The California Contractor State License Board is now accepting applications for licensure from limited liability companies (LLCs). LLC applications can be obtained from CSLB’s website at http://www.cslb.ca.gov/GeneralInformation/About/LLC.asp. Before now, because an LLC could not become licensed, remodelers in California either had to go unlicensed or use a non-preferred corporate structure simply to get a […]

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Industry Issues to Be Aware Of (1)

January 30, 2012 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

Colorado: The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment just signed on with the U.S. Department of Labor to stop the alleged misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Colorado became the 11th state to partner with the federal Labor Department in efforts to end misclassification. Oregon/Pennsylvania/New Jersey/New York: If you think cancellation rights only apply to […]

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New Tax Credit May Prove Useful for Contractor Hiring for 2012

December 3, 2011 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

Clients should be aware of the new federal tax credit that may benefit the contracting industry. For companies that hire unemployed veterans between November 26, 2011, and January 13, 2013, a tax credit can be taken that varies with the amount of time the veteran was unemployed. For example, for veterans that were out of […]

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