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  • Independent Contractors: The Rising Risks of Misclassification

    by Phillip M. Perry September 2015

    Hiring independent contractors to control labor costs can violate regulations protecting employee benefits, sparking costly penalties. Recently the U.S. Department of Labor raised the stakes by announcing a new drive to identify and penalize improper personnel classification. Retailers must take steps to ensure their own worker classifications comply with federal and state law.

    Shoring up profits in a tough economy means trimming expenses wherever you can. Uncontrolled...

  • Calif. PG&E Announces 1st Motor-Only Rebate

    by AQUA Editors August 2015

    Motors using variable-speed technology have come on the market in recent years that are designed to be installed as replacement motors on traditional pumps. These replacement motors are a great way to achieve variable speed-type savings without replacing the entire pump. That is, the existing impeller and water section of the pump are retained while upgrading the system using a variable speed motor.

    However, until now, the rebate programs that have dramatically spurred the...

  • Connecticut Gets New Aboveground License

    by AQUA Editors July 2015

    The state of Connecticut has signed into law a new Aboveground Pool Assembler's License.  This new law prohibits a person from assembling an aboveground swimming pool unless such person holds a swimming pool assembler's license issued by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection.

    The bill was passed in response to concerns raised by a municipal building inspector, who reported that he had seen numerous problems with aboveground pools being assembled by contractors with limited or no...

  • Drought Update: CPSA Progress Report

    by AQUA Editors July 2015

    The CPSA is leading the effort to protect the pool and spa industry’s interests amid the political struggle to cope with the drought in California. John Norwood, president of the California Pool And Spa Association, apprises us of recent events in the fight to maintain industry prosperity as the water crisis continues:

    Recent Victories and Upcoming Threats to the Pool and Spa Industry

    The CPSA’s drought campaign racked up two new victories this...

  • AQUA Announces Alliance with APSP

    by AQUA Editors July 2015

    AQUA magazine is pleased to announce an alliance with the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, the largest association representing the pool and spa industry. AQUA will become the media partner to APSP, providing information about the Association's extensive efforts in education, business development for pool and spa companies, standards, safety, lobbying, research, and other areas.

    As part of the agreement, APSP will retire AQ magazine, its quarterly publication, and each...

  • This Summer - Slide The City

    by AQUA Editors March 2015

    A new watery sensation will be sweeping the U.S. and Canada this summer courtesy of Slide the City, a firm that sets up a 1000-foot waterslide on city streets.

  • Small Business Tax Relief Gathers Support

    by Scott Webb February 2015

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) has joined 173 other industry organizations in a massive show of support for H.R. 636, the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015. This bill would restore the small business expensing — sometimes called Section 179 expensing — level to $500,000, including limited improvements to real property and permanently index the level to inflation.

  • Internet Sales Tax Push Set For Tomorrow

    by Scott Webb December 2014

    Tomorrow, December 10, more than 200 state legislators will fan out across downtown Washington to push their federal counterparts to allow comprehensive online sales tax collections. 

    As part of the National Conference of State Legislatures, state senators and state representatives from across the U.S. will visit individual U.S. House and Senate offices, imploring congress to pass a bill to tax all Internet purchases, thereby leveling the playing field and eliminating the...

  • Zodiac Reaches Settlement in Antitrust Case

    by Cailley Hammel November 2014

    Zodiac Pool Systems has reached a settlement in its anti-trust case. The company was one of four defendants involved in the lawsuit; as previously reported, Hayward Industries settled its suits in July

    The lawsuit was originally filed against PoolCorp and alleged the company used its power as a distribution giant to intimidate manufacturers and prevent them from selling...

  • California Labor Contracting Bill Becomes Law

    by Scott Webb October 2014

    California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Bill 1897, which holds businesses liable when their subcontractors violate wage, workplace safety or workers’ compensation rules.

    According to the California Pool and Spa Association (CPSA), under the new law, California employers will now share joint liability for wage, hour and work condition violations with any contracting group they do business with, regardless if the work is performed without a contract.  Despite a...