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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Legal Issues

I am interested in providing a residential community with a superintendent/janitor for a property. I'm looking for information on insurance and license requirements.
One of my employees decided to clean the plastic type bumper guards bolted to the wall. The color is beige. She claims she used magic eraser pads to get black marks off from the plastic that surgery carts caused. Now, there are white swirl marks on these railings/guards and we can not restore the beige color and the building owner expects us to replace all the bumper guards. Any idea of how I could restore them? It is a plastic type guard and less than 3 years old. On a small section; 3 feet I tried Murphy's Oil Soap; at first it looked good; then upon drying the white was back. Any ideas?
I have heard it only costs approximately $45 to get a business license to do commercial office cleaning. I have also heard it is not needed in certain states, but it also helps to prevent auditing from the IRS. Can you shed some light on the importance of obtaining a business license for office cleaning? Is it needed? Also, what are the costs as I have heard from $45 to $300 plus. Where should someone go specifically if they want to obtain a license?
I need to be affordably insured and bonded. In trying to do so, I'm running into many technical brick walls. The insurance laws in Georgia have changed. My cleaning company doesn't intend to go the employee route, but instead use subcontractors. We call our simplifying of the business process, "employee responsibility". However, subcontractors will be treated as employees for the most part, which will require a number of insurance requirements that makes starting the business unaffordable... Is there any way around this?
For the last 10 years, we serviced a large facility 5 days per week with my two ladies putting in an average of 20 hours a week overtime. We never had a problem until one of the ladies with trash bags hanging on her hip, stepped on one coming down three steps, falling and hurting her wrist. The plant sent her to a local hospital and they ended up saying that all she did was twist her wrist with damage so minor that there was no bruising. After two days of being off work to recover, she complained that it still hurt so I ordered her to our company doctor and found out she actually broke her wrist. Well, we lost the contract because of the client’s fear that we may go to court and now they refuse to pay the last 4 weeks of invoices which totals almost $20,000 dollars. We called last week after continually sending notices and proof of hours and their response was, "We need proof that you paid your employees and we will, in turn, send you a check" For some reason, they think I will stiff women who have worked for me over 15 years. My question is, why do I have to prove what I pay anyone when I am the contractor and they do not run my company nor employees? I have a lawyer that I call from time to time and wonder if I should go ahead and call him or just cave into their demands just to get the check. I guess that demanding me to do something like that makes me mad enough I don't want to.
Is there a legal requirement that gas station mini marts maintain a record or log of inspecting and cleaning their restrooms? Where would I find that rule?
I'm operating a small residential/office cleaning business by myself and I recently purchased a residential account from my former employer for $1,200, and verbally agreed to make $100/month installment payments for one year. Two other residential accounts were given as part of the deal. The value of the purchased account is $5,200/year, and the combined value of the two given accounts is $5,720/year. I have a basic understanding of contracts from an Introduction to Business Law class, and the seller (my former employer) and I only have verbal contracts for residential accounts. My question is, do the seller and I only need a verbal agreement on the terms of the purchased account with written receipts for the installment payments, or should there be a formal written agreement? Aside from the taxes that will be paid on the income from the accounts, are there any other taxes or accounting implications to this purchase?
We have been servicing a local Department of Motor Vehicles office for over 3 year and in the last 4 months we have been having security issues. The 1st security breach occurred when a supervisor left a door unlocked, then recently another supervisor failed to set the alarm. We have a great relationship with building personnel and would love to keep this contract. They are requesting a " Letter to Cure Breach." I will be meeting with ODOT to discuss our action plan to correct this problem. What is the best way to deal with this issue?
Could anyone please share their policy of collecting sales tax on janitorial and carpet cleaning services in the State of Pennsylvania? We currently collect & file sales tax returns.
I am having a hard time collecting $330 from a cleaning job I did 90 days ago. What can I do or is this a loss? Should I have a mechanics lien placed against the customer/corporation?