Archive for the ‘Corporate Law Services’ Category

by Leonard A. Bellavia, Esq. Senior Partner, Bellavia Blatt & Crossett, PC Suppose your sales manager and credit manager have discussed at length how to increase the company’s extended service contract penetration and gross profit.  One day, the credit manager runs up to the sales manager and shouts “Eureka!”  The credit manager explains that she will […]

by Leonard A. Bellavia, Esq. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) restricts a business’s ability to obtain, use, and share credit reports.  In addition to these restrictions, FCRA requires businesses to provide certain notices to consumers applying for credit.  Generally, companies should only obtain credit reports from consumers when they have express permission to do […]

by Leonard A. Bellavia, Esq. Senior Partner, Bellavia Blatt & Crossett, PC The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) establishes the minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards that your business must adhere to.  You may not be aware that FLSA and its minimum wage provisions apply to salesperson pay.  Even if you pay your […]

by Leonard A. Bellavia, Esq. The Internal Revenue Service recently updated Form 8300 (the “Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000 Received in Trade or Business”).  You can download a pdf version of the new Form 8300 at .  Please take this opportunity to review your business’s cash reporting process and make any corrections as […]

by Leonard A. Bellavia, Esq. The past several weeks have seen significant rulings related to policies promulgated by the US Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”). Each has been very active in issuing new regulations and initiating enforcement actions against employers on behalf of employees. During the first term of President […]

by Leonard A. Bellavia, Esq. Many companies are well aware that the law imposes certain obligations on your businesses pertaining to their transactions with vendors and consumers. The mantra “Know Your Customer” best sums up your responsibilities to maintain appropriate records and monitor transactions for possible fraud and criminal activity. These responsibilities include requirements under […]

by Leonard A. Bellavia, Esq. Wireless phones have come quite a long way from the days of the beige “candybar” shaped phone and the “bag” phone Today, phones small enough to fit in your pocket can surf the web, send and receive e-mail, text messages and social network updates from virtually anywhere. Indeed, technology has […]

by Leonard A. Bellavia, Esq. A few years ago, Yelp began flagging reviews that it believed were paid for by businesses hoping to boost their popularity on the website. These actions were the result of a growing concern that the parties are trying to manipulate ratings on review websites in order to attract additional business. […]

by Leonard A. Bellavia, Esq. Suppose your store sells a vacuum to a customer. While processing the paperwork, the accounting department determines the consumer owes the store additional payment. The consumer claims that he gave the additional payment to the credit manager, who denies receiving it. The sales manager calls the consumer demanding payment. After […]

by Leonard A. Bellavia, Esq. The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has brought enforcement actions against automobile dealerships regarding their online advertising practicaes. The most discussed enforcement action targeted dealers who made claims related to negative equity online. Afterwards there was some confusion as to the extent of the FTC’s application of consumer protection laws to […]

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