Every company has both positive and negative impacts on its surrounding community. This can become particularly acute when a company introduces disruptive technologies into existing infrastructures. We work with our clients and their environmental and engineering consultants to identify the source of the new operations that is impacting the local community and to minimize the adverse impact. We also work with the diverse community stakeholders to enhance the company’s position as a responsible member of the local community.
Sometimes existing business or legal solutions are not adequate or available. In those situations, we actively engage in the legislative and regulatory processes by working directly with legislators to author legislation, by providing written or in-person public testimony on pending regulations or legislation, or by registering as a lobbyist to actively participating with an established local lobbying firm to help legislators understand the policy and practical business issues before them. Examples of legislative and regulatory services include:
North Carolina House Bill 1030
An act to modify the current operations and capital improvements appropriations act of 2015 and to make other changes in the budget operations of the State, including the elimination of the sales and use tax on the machinery and equipment employed in the scrap recycling industries and the imposition of a privilege tax not to exceed $80 per article of equipment. Sessions Law 2016-94.
OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2013-0023
Proposed regulatory amendment to rules governing the reporting and tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses to prohibit employers from taking adverse actions against the reporting employee even where the reporting employee’s injury or illness was caused by the reporting employee’s violation of the employer’s workplace safety policies and procedures. 79 Fed. Reg. 47605, August 14, 2014.
California Senate Bill No. 399
An act to amend multiple sections of the Corporations Code and to add and repeal provisions of the Government Sections to provide for the conversion of California corporations into limited liability companies, limited partnerships, or general partnerships, and to provide for the formation of a California corporation upon the conversion of a foreign or domestic limited liability company, limited partnership, or general partnership or upon the conversion of a foreign corporation. Chapter 480 of the Statutes of 2002.
California Assembly Bill No. 601
An act to amend Sections 16601, 16602, and 16602.5 of the Business and Professions Code to restrict competition by the seller of corporation, partnership, or limited liability company business to the broadest geographic area in which the selling business was conducted. Chapter 179 of the Statutes of 2002.
California Assembly Bill No. 1970
An act to amend Section 17942 and to repeal and add Section 17943 of the Revenue and Taxation Code to fix the annual gross receipt taxes imposed on limited liability companies and to eliminate the Franchise Tax Board’s authority to administratively impose annual increases on the gross receipt taxes. Chapter 391 of the Statutes of 2001.
California Assembly Bill No. 831
An act to amend Sections 17001, 17050, and 17101 of the Corporations Code to permit single member limited liability companies. Chapter 490 of the Statues of 1999.