• 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...

  • Internet Sales Tax Back On Senate Agenda

    by Scott Webb August 2014

    A bill to authorize states to collect sales taxes from out-of-state Internet vendors is back on the Senate Legislative Calendar. The measure, called the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act - S.2609, would package online sales taxes together with a separate issue —  a 10-year extension of the ban on taxing Internet access.  

    Those following the issue will remember the Marketplace Fairness Act, a similar bill launched last year requiring online retailers to charge...

  • Virginia to Implement Comprehensive Pool and Spa Code

    by Scott Webb May 2014

    The International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC), a comprehensive model swimming pool and spa code covering all types of aquatic vessels, including residential and public pools, waterparks and portable and inground spas, has been adopted in the state of Virginia and Washington, DC.

    While the code is in force at the local government level in some areas of the country, Virginia is the first to adopt the code statewide.

    Developed jointly with APSP and the International Code...

  • Internet Sales Tax Update

    by Scott Webb December 2013

    Readers of AQUA will remember coverage earlier this year of efforts in the U.S. Congress to craft a bill which would require online retailers to charge sales tax just as brick-and-mortar retailers do.

    The Senate version of the bill, dubbed the Marketplace Fairness Act, passed easily in May. The bill has since taken up long-term residence in the House, where there is no guarantee it will make it to a vote. 

    Supporters say it is needed out of fairness to traditional retail...

  • VGB, ADA, ACA Explained

    by Steven B. Getzoff and Seetal Tejura November 2013

    photo of nation's capitolWhile political analysts debate the extent to which business and safety related legislation and regulation have increased in the last five years, the pool and spa industry has been directly impacted by three federal acts: The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (ADAAG) issued by the Department of...

  • Internet Sales Tax: Simple Fairness

    by Scott Webb July 2013

    Scott WebbAs most of us are aware, the federal government is finally considering making Internet retailers charge sales tax. As of this writing, the bill waits in the House for formal debate. Regardless of what happens there, we passed a major milestone when the Senate went on record that Internet businesses need to start charging sales tax like everybody else.

    There’s been a lot...

  • Brick-And-Mortar Relief Bill Passes US Senate

    by Scott Webb May 2013

    A bill which supporters say will provide substantial relief to brick-and-mortar retailers in their struggle to compete with online sellers has passed the US Senate, 69-27. 

    The bill would authorize states to compel online merchants to collect sales tax in a similar manner that traditional merchants do, thereby leveling a playing field that has been tilted toward digital commerce.

    Heretofore, online merchants have been able to sell their goods tax-free, giving them an...

  • Health Insurance Reform: Good or Bad for Your Bottom Line?

    by Phillip M. Perry April 2013

    Photo of Phillip M. PerryWill “Obamacare” batter or bolster your bottom line?

    The federal “Affordable Care Act (ACA)” comes at a time of rising health insurance costs for small business owners. Annual premiums for employer-provided family coverage grew to just under $16,000 in 2012, a rate some four percent higher than 2011 according to a report from...