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What the Wayfair Decision Means for Independent Businesses

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In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that online purchases could be subject to the same state and local taxes as purchases made at brick-and-mortar stores. The court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair overturned a prior ruling that prevented states ... Read More »

A Closer Look at Updates to Internet Sales Tax Laws

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Independent brick-and-mortar retailers may finally have a more level playing field with their online competitors thanks to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on internet sales tax laws, says Bill Brunelle, co-founder of Independent We Stand, an organization that promotes ... Read More »

Shifting Marijuana Laws Daze Employers

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As of May, 30 states and the District of Columbia allow some form of legalized marijuana, including eight states that allow marijuana use without a doctor’s prescription. This year’s midterm elections could bring another wave of legalization as voters in ... Read More »

Resource: Define, Prevent and Address Workplace Harassment

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Workplace harassment is something all retailers should have a handle on, and it should be discussed openly with your management team and your entire staff. To tackle workplace harassment head on, you need to understand how it is defined, what ... Read More »

Small Businesses and Tax Reform

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Changes to U.S. tax law, approved Dec. 20 by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, are slated to go into effect in 2018. The New York Times explains some effects of the tax reform on small businesses. The House Ways and ... Read More »

Attorneys: Lumber Liquidators’ $36M Settlement Excludes the Injured

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Attorneys representing people who say chemicals from Lumber Liquidators flooring made them ill claim a new settlement, valued at $36 million, excludes their clients. In October, Lumber Liquidators agreed to pay $26 million in cash and provide $12 million of ... Read More »

Labor Board Says Drivers Are Not Menards Employees

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Menards has avoided another labor law violation with the National Labor Review Board’s decision on Nov. 17 that the retailer accurately categorized its delivery drivers as independent contractors instead of as employees. According to the complaint, drivers contracted by Menards (whether ... Read More »

Lumber Prices Rise After Hurricanes, Political Deadlock

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Recent hurricanes in the southern U.S. and an ongoing political deadlock between the U.S. and Canadian governments threaten to raise the prices of softwood lumber, reports Canadian newspaper The National Post. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Commerce claimed ... Read More »