• 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...