NSCA is constantly monitoring legislation at the federal level that could affect your ability to do business fairly and efficiently. Key issues affecting your business include:
Just before midnight on January 1, 2013, Congress passed H.R. 8 the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Effective, December 31, 2012, income tax rates increase for those making more than $400,000 (single) and $450,000 (joint). Additionally, several other previous tax deductions were extended. NSCA recommends that you speak with your tax and legal professionals to ensure you are protecting your business, employees and income for 2013 and beyond. More information.
Detrimental legislation introduced in Congress over the past few years has threatened small businesses in every industry. The Employee Free Choice Act, otherwise known as Card Check, would increase fines, remove democratic processes, and require mandatory, binding arbitration. More Information.
Prevailing wage on federally and state-funded jobs can be a costly item and a reason why you lose a bid. NSCA members seek solutions to help with bids and contracts through prevailing wage and appropriate classifications on job sites. More information.
EPA Lead-Based Paint
In 2008, the EPA issued a rule, the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Program, which went into affect on April 22, 2010. (Companies have until December 1, 2010, to become certified; individuals must register by September 30, 2010, for a training course.) Aimed at preventing lead poisoning, the rule requires all contractors who renovate,repair or paint projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child-occupied facilities or schools built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. More information.
U.S. Healthcare Reform
March of 2010 brought along years of efforts to reform the United States healthcare system. With more than 32 million Americans expected to be covered by 2019, the new mandates affect small and large business owners already struggling to survive. Learn more about the key components to small business and healthcare reform and affordable solutions through NSCA’s SystemsPlus™ Insurance Solutions. More information.
Workplace safety is a necessity in today’s working environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the government enforcer of all workplace safety violations. More information.
Federal Accounting Standards Board
Winning contracts is essential for your business. Understanding the correct policies and documentation needed for accounting principles on the job site can help lower your administrative costs and time on a job. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is working with the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) to change how revenue recognition is reported. More information.
Small business is essential for job growth and business ventures. NSCA monitors legislative activity that will provide much-needed benefits to certain small businesses to improve their bottom line and increase their ability to add a variety of assets. More information.
Especially in the current economy, NSCA is helping members identify revenue opportunities and take advantage of the programs created through the stimulus plan. Below are highlights of the plan, including details and links to more information on everything from small business assistance to new commercial projects. More information.
With the transition of all television signals from analog to digital in 2009, the white spaces have become the center of many opportunities for both licensed and unlicensed devices in the 700 MHz bandwidth. As of June 2010, all wireless microphones have ceased to operate in the 700 MHz band. The Federal Communications Commission(FCC) is evaluating the possibility of licensing wireless microphones, in-ear monitors, production intercom systems, and similar equipment that operates in the television broadcast (VHF and UHF) band. More information.
Understand NSCA's Position on National Issues That Govern the Industry
NSCA is often asked to take a stance on debated issues that affect our industry. It is crucial that our members are aware of the position NSCA takes on issues including:
- Card Check
- Davis-Bacon Act
- Electronic Waste
- Individual/Company Licensing
- Project Labor Agreements/Collective Bargaining Agreements
Click here for more information on NSCA's positions on these issues.
Find Resources for Essential Codes and Regulations
- SIC/NAICS Listing: Complete listing of all Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes.
- SOC Listing: An abbreviated listing of the Standard Occupational Classifications (SOC) codes relevant to the commercial electronic systems industry.
- Guide to State Licensing Regulations: A complete, state-by-state guide to licensing regulations for systems integrators.