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Adapting to New York’s Credit Card Surcharge Protection Law

A New York law aimed at protecting consumers against hidden credit card surcharges went into effect on February 11, 2024. The new credit card surcharge law restricts the methods that businesses can use to mitigate the impact of transaction fees incurred in credit card transactions. 

Guest Author   |     Apr 24, 2024

New Corporate Governance Reporting Requirements

In 2024, a new reporting requirement went into effect through the Corporate Transparency Act. All domestic and foreign entities, including corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs) that have filed formation or registration documents with any U.S. state, are required to report Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI), unless specifically exempted. While your business may not be physically operating in the U.S., it may still need to fulfill this reporting requirement.

Guest Author   |     Feb 13, 2024

Business expansion to the U.S. help from both sides of the border

Thinking of expanding to the U.S.? We often encourage companies to think about cross border expansion as a “team sport”. While Invest Buffalo Niagara (InBN) provides a variety of services, a successful expansion to the U.S. often requires assistance from partners on both sides of the border. 

Guest Author   |     Feb 07, 2023

2022 Immigration Roundup: Cross-Border Visa Processing Delays Require Preplanning

Cross-border travel and business have made a significant comeback with life largely returning to normal in the post-COVID-19 world. Canadian businesses and United States (U.S.) businesses employing Canadian nationals should be aware of the post-pandemic U.S. immigration processing times for Canadian nationals and formal and informal policy changes impacting certain visas frequently used by companies for cross-border business. These include:

Guest Author   |     Oct 05, 2022

Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) Impact on the U.S. Marketplace

Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) refers to a range of standards and initiatives that companies are implementing in their internal operations to evaluate and address its own environmental performance, social impact and self-governance. This ESG criteria is rapidly becoming a priority for businesses of all sizes, including a number of our clients. Below are a few key factors that companies should be aware of: 

Guest Author   |     May 24, 2022

NYS Expands Excelsior Jobs Incentives Program

The New York State budget legislation enacted in 2021 included an expansion of the Excelsior Jobs Incentives Program. The Excelsior Jobs Incentives Program provides job creation and investment incentives for businesses in targeted industries in the form of refundable tax credits that can be claimed over a benefit period of up to 10 years, if the eligible business meets and maintains established job and investment thresholds.

Guest Author   |     Mar 09, 2022

9 Steps to hiring your first U.S.-based employee

Canadian business expansion to the U.S. and Buffalo Niagara typically includes hiring a U.S.-based employee.  Perhaps this will be an operations person, charged with getting the U.S. site going, or perhaps it will be a sales employee tasked with growing the U.S. customer base.  Either way, consider these items before you find your perfect candidate.  Don’t lose your top choice U.S.-based employee because of a delay in the logistics of becoming a U.S. employer!

Guest Author   |     Jan 20, 2022

Independent Contractor or Employee: Why Getting It Right Matters

Treating workers as independent contractors has many benefits for employers, including avoiding the cost of payroll taxes and benefits and not having to deal with the administrative requirements associated with employees. These benefits make independent contractor status an attractive alternative to classifying a worker as an employee, if the worker meets the legal tests for independent contractor status. Unfortunately, many employers mistakenly believe that simply calling a worker an independent contractor or having the worker sign an “independent contractor agreement” satisfies the legal requirements for independent contractor status. Rather, whether a worker is properly classified as an independent contractor or employee depends on the nature of the relationship between the worker and the company as determined under applicable law. Employers who misclassify a worker as an independent contractor face significant federal and state monetary liabilities and penalties. These penalties can be imposed not only on the company but also on the individuals responsible for the misclassification. Therefore, an employer must conduct a careful analysis before classifying a worker as an independent contractor.

Guest Author   |     Oct 12, 2021

Uncover two great incentive opportunities in NYS

Is your business thinking of expanding or hiring within New York State? New York wants to incentivize you! 

Guest Author   |     Jul 07, 2021

2021 Immigration Hot Topics

Between COVID and a new U.S. President, the immigration landscape between the U.S. and Canada has experienced both victories and challenges. Some of the major changes and roadblocks that have occurred over the past three months include:

Guest Author   |     Apr 07, 2021

Family business planning through the Covid-19 pandemic

The pandemic caused by COVID-19 continues to create both a public health crisis and an economic crisis around the World. As this article goes to publication, more than 240,000 Americans have lost their lives and many more have been sickened. And notwithstanding herculean efforts by many, as well as laws enacted to afford trillions of dollars of economic relief to impacted businesses and individuals, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the U.S. economy has been severe.

Guest Author   |     Nov 23, 2020

Wayfair and remote seller considerations

It has been over two years now since the U.S Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in the South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. case and every state that imposes sales & use tax has enacted economic nexus thresholds for “remote sellers” with the exceptions of Florida and Missouri. A remote seller is any seller (foreign or domestic) that does not have physical presence in a state but who sells products or services for delivery to customers into that state.

Guest Author   |     Oct 13, 2020

Top Reasons to Live in Buffalo

As a born-and-raised Buffalonian with deep ties to the Queen City, I’ve been so thrilled to observe the strides that my hometown has made in recent years. In my job as a recruiter, I always enjoy selling candidates on the beauty of Buffalo, a city that I consider to be the underappreciated gem of New York. Buffalo has begun to establish itself on a national level through the city’s recent efforts to revamp and revitalize itself. Whether you’re fresh out of college, raising a young family, or looking to retire, Buffalo is a place that people of all ages can call home.

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Guest Author   |     Jul 29, 2020

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