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US House of Reps Aims to Delay Overtime Law; Lawsuit Filed by NAHB

Starting Dec. 1, 2016, integrators must pay overtime to any worker earning less than $47,476 annually, more than double the previous threshold. NAHB lawsuit aims to stop the law from being enacted while pushing for a gradual increase in the limit.

Jason Knott · October 03, 2016

Legal: Caution Before Using Telemarketing Firms

Employing a third-party call center to drum up business can be lucrative, but make sure they’re following the law.

Julie Jacobson · August 15, 2016

Why Payment by Credit Card Is Now Better Than by Check

Legal expert Ken Kirschenbaum argues that payment by credit card is well worth the extra fees vs. risk of ‘bouncing’ checks or waiting for funds to be available.

Jason Knott · August 04, 2016

Legal Advice on Phone Support: What if a Customer is Injured?

CE pros need to stay ‘on script’ when conducting an over-the-phone service call to protect clients from an electrical shock or fall while repairing their own system. Where does liability start and end?

Jason Knott · July 28, 2016

Is It OK to Install Surveillance Cameras in Strip Club Dressing Room?

As long as the cameras are not covert (and a contract is in place), it is OK for integrators to install surveillance cameras in a strip club dressing room and in every room in an 80-year-old doctor’s ‘bachelor pad.’

Jason Knott · May 04, 2016

Lawsuit Hints Crestron to Launch 4K Streaming this Year

Home automation leader Crestron Electronics says it plans to release new 4K streaming technology this year, based on information detailed in a now-resolved lawsuit.

Julie Jacobson · March 30, 2016

Legal: Surveillance Cameras Inside the Home

Home technology integrator wants to know: What are the laws on installing secret nanny-cams in a customer’s home? Security and home-automation attorney Ken Kirschenbaum responds.

Julie Jacobson · January 29, 2016

Legal: Licensing for DIY-Installed Monitored Security Systems Across County Lines

As traditional security dealers and new entrepreneurs follow the model of factory-configured, self-installed monitored security systems, what are the licensing requirements for nationwide coverage?

CE Pro Editors · January 12, 2016

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Explaining Liens vs. Lawsuits for Non-Payment by General Contractor

Integrators who sign a contract with a general contractor and not directly with the client cannot sue the homeowner if you are not paid, but you may be able to file a mechanics lien against the property.

Jason Knott · December 22, 2015

California Loosens Security Licensing Requirements

California’s Bureau of Security and Investigative Services waives the two-year in-the-field prerequisite for integrators to take the test to get an alarm license.

Jason Knott · May 30, 2013