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Posted: Nov 13, 2017
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs

Paid Family Leave (PFL) is a concept that may be foreign to many members, but those in states like California, Rhode Island and New Jersey it is a current reality. And, it is coming to New York, Washington state and D.C. soon. What is PFL, who pays for it, how much does it cost and what are the benefits?

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Posted: Oct 10, 2017
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President of Membership and Chapter Relations

The electronic security and life safety industry is a heavily regulated industry for obvious reasons. Consumers want to know their personal protection is assured by objective licensing procedures that preclude felons from accessing their home or having security codes that could effectively unlock their home or business. They want to know their electronic security and life safety systems are installed, monitored and maintained by qualified and vetted professionals.
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Posted: Oct 10, 2017
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President of Membership and Chapter Relations

‘Repeal and replace’ was a campaign promise from many (including the sitting President) for the looming failure of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka “Obamacare”, but as is usually the case, congressional leaders have not come up with a way to repeal or replace the ACA to date.

But, there may be some glimmer of hope for small group employers and sole proprietors who are finding their health insurance go up almost exponentially every year.

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Posted: Sep 26, 2017
Categories: News, Public Policy
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President of Membership and Chapter Relations

Our member surveys continually reveal a common thread with other trade and member-based associations. When asked about the importance of different programs and services – advocacy is an intrinsic and highly-important benefit.

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Posted: Sep 12, 2017
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President of Membership and Chapter Relations

When hi-jacked airliners flew into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, rather than the nations’ Capitol, on September 11, 2001, a glaring defect in public safety communication was exposed among many infrastructure issues. Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Sandy exposed similar problematic issues, particularly interagency communications.

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Posted: Aug 29, 2017
Categories: Public Policy
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by Mitch Reitman - Reitman Consulting Group, Inc.

Most of you have heard me discuss the perils of treating employees as “contractors” and issuing them IRS forms 1099. Not only is it a bad idea to treat an employee as a contractor, the IRS has instituted new requirements, and penalties, for misfiled and late filed 1099’s.

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