Industry News

NY’s Construction Industry Fair Play Act — Not Just for 1099 Workers!

December 3, 2013 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

In drafting 1099-based independent contractor protocols and agreements for clients in New York, Berenson LLP’s attorneys continue to find a concerning misunderstanding in the industry as to how the New York State Construction Industry Fair Play Act (the “Act”) applies to contractors. Hopefully, many home improvement contractors now know that the Act creates an assumption […]

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EEOC Increases Lawsuits Against Companies for Use of Criminal-Background Screens

September 26, 2013 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

In June, the EEOC filed suit against both BWM and Dollar General Corp, alleging both companies used criminal background screens in a manner that discriminated against black applicants. The litigation increases the government’s push to regulate private employers’ use of background checks. The EEOC guidelines released last year “urge” employers to consider the crime, the […]

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FTC Fines Contractor $350,000 on Energy Claims

September 23, 2013 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

Edward Sumpolec, who conducted business under three separate names, was recently fined $350,000 by the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly making deceptive and unsubstantiated claims with regard to the insulation capabilities of the liquid coating and foil radiant barrier products that he sold. According to the FTC, Sumpolec had promised to reduce roof temperatures by […]

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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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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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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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