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  • Commentary: Laws, Redraws and Pshaws

    by Scott Webb October 2017

    You may have missed it, but a few weeks ago a federal judge in Texas struck down an overtime pay rule laid down by the Department of Labor in the final months of the Obama administration that would have forced companies to pay billions in new wages for existing employees and current levels of work.

    U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant found invalid a rule that would have extended time-and-a-half overtime pay to all workers earning less than $47,476. Currently the law mandates overtime...

  • The Pump Law of Unintended Consequences

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    It can be amazing how much difference a single word can make. Case in point: Arizona's Title 44 is a law intended to increase pump efficiency in pools and spas by mandating two-speed or variable speed replacement pumps. But the fine print of the law says it applies only to "new products sold, offered for sale or installed in this state."

    When enterprising Arizona pump technicians saw that wording, they realized homeowners could save many hundreds of dollars by avoiding the purchase...

  • National Retail Federation Renews Push for Online Sales Tax

    by AQUA Editors May 2017

    The National Retail Federation is renewing its efforts in Congress to require online sellers to collect sales tax the same as local stores.

    “With more states passing sales tax laws or going to court, pressure is building on Congress to finally address this issue,” says NRF Senior Vice President for Government Affairs David French. “The states know they can’t fix this on their own, but they agree with retailers that Congress has stalled for far too long. Online sellers should not...

  • Remembering Don Burns

    by William N. Rowley March 2017

    When Don Burns passed away in early March, the industry lost one its finest and most successful government advocates. It was wonderful reading all of the sentiments about Don; he was truly one of our very best. In the aftermath of his passing, there was, however, something missing. Not much at all was said about his specific legislative...

  • In Memoriam: Don Burns, Former CPSA Executive Director

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    Don Burns, former executive director of the California Pool and Spa Industry Education Council (formerly SPEC, now known as CPSA), passed away early Tuesday morning from heart complications.

    In his 30-year tenure as the head of CPSA, Burns made it his mission to advocate for industry professionals not just in California, but nationwide. He had a keen...

  • NSPF Introduces New Service Training Course

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation is pleased to introduce a comprehensive blended training program to the aquatic industry: Advance Service Technician Course. The 45-60 hour blended online and in-class course provides knowledge on equipment installation, maintenance, repair, and more.

    The Advanced Service Technician Course is designed to deliver the required knowledge and skills to...

  • What Can the Industry Expect from a Trump Administration?

    by Andrew Brown March 2017

    Since the inauguration, President Trump has initiated a series of sweeping changes in policy, with more to come. The question on everybody's mind is, "How will the new administration affect me?"

    Only time will tell for sure, but since the same party controls both chambers of Congress and the executive branch, there is a good chance that significant legislation will pass and become law. An industry that sits back and waits for these changes to happen puts itself at risk. That's why...

  • Overtime Regulations on Hold

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    New overtime regulations enacted by the Obama Administration this summer are now on hold after a Texas judge filed a nationwide injunction last week.

    The regulations, initially scheduled to go into effect Dec. 1, required employers to pay overtime to employees earning up to $47,476 each year. Currently, the threshold is $23,660, which was last updated in 2004.

    As Melanie Trottman and Ruth Simon of the

  • Lawful or Successful

    by Steve Sherwood November 2016

    Before I moved to Los Angeles earlier this year, I ran a pool company in New Jersey for the better part of a decade. My brother and I had a residential and commercial service company and also taught CPO classes for the National Swimming Pool Foundation. We taught around 200 courses in 15 states, certifying upwards of 3,000 students a year.

    After a successful run in the East Coast pool industry, I was pretty confident about my prospects on the other side of the country with its huge...

  • New Overtime Law In Limbo

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    New regulations from the Obama administration requiring companies to dramatically expand overtime pay remain in legislative limbo, likely pending results of the upcoming national election.

    The new rules (detailed below) were announced in May of this year, and originally set to go into effect December 1. The U.S. House of Representatives, however, passed a bill on September 29, which would delay implementation until the summer of 2017.

    It is likely the ultimate fate of the...