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Prompt Payment Laws for School Bus Contractors

Many schools continue to resist payments to school bus contractors, with some schools ignoring invoices, rejecting invoices, or paying unilaterally reduced amounts. As the 2020-2021 school year is underway, non-payment issues continue, leaving many school bus contractors wondering what to do. Fortunately, many states have Prompt Payment Laws that make public entities liable for interest and attorney’s fees if the public entity does not promptly pay invoices from contractors. These laws vary fro...
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10/28/2020| Reference Number : 259.161| Legal, School Bus, Insurance/Risk Management | COVID-19 |

Preparing Your Business to Transition to a New Future

It’s always a good time to think about succession planning and long term goals. Now, with the uncertainty that 2020 has brought, it’s as good a time as any to make a plan for your business for the future. In making a plan for your future it is common to for business owners to 1) pass their business on to a reliable family member or 2) sell the business to a key employee or other individual within the organization or 3) sell to a thirdparty. Below, this article will discuss each of these optio...
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10/15/2020| Reference Number : 259.103.2| Legal, Insurance/Risk Management |

COVID Concepts: Volume Pricing and Special Operations Charges

As remote learning in some form or another continues into the new school year contractors continue to face challenges getting paid for partial services and special operations due to coronavirus. This article suggests some ways to address these issues.
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9/21/2020| Reference Number : 259.160| Legal, School Bus | COVID-19 |

Risk of Liability for COVID-19

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic many schools are considering reopening and school bus contractors are now starting the process of calling employees back to work and taking precautions for students who will soon be boarding buses. However, one concern of many contractors is the risk of liability claim exposure related to COVID-19 from people riding on their vehicles or in their premises. This article will discuss 1) the scope of the risk of liability to your company from COVID-19 exposure, 2...
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8/1/2020| Reference Number : 259.159| Legal, Insurance/Risk Management | COVID-19 |

Payroll Protection Plan and Tax Issues for School Bus Contractors

Now that the Payroll Protection Plan loans have started funding – the questions re: how to qualify for forgiveness and how to coordinate these funds with other benefits are on everyone’s mind. School bus contractors have their own unique difficulties in this area, especially in coordination with their contracts and the school year calendar. Just like the application process, the tax issues are as clear as mud in many regards. Some questions can be answered, but some just cannot, so far. So, Ri...
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Coronavirus Updates for School Bus Contractors Continued Payments to School Bus Contractors under the CARES Act Paid Emergency Leave and Sick Leave under the Families First Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) are two new federal laws with important implications for school bus contractors. The CARES Act directs schools to continue paying school bus contractors during Coronavirus school closures, enhances existing unemployment compensation benefits, and makes loans and grants available to businesses during Coronavirus school closures. The Families First Act modifies the Family Medi...
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4/1/2020| Reference Number : 155.0| Legal, School Bus, Legislative/Regulatory | COVID-19, Families First Act, CARES Act |

School Vehicle Curbside Pick Ups

Many contractors use school vehicles such as vans or multi-function school activity buses (MFSABs) to transport students. As public awareness of the dangers of illegal passing have increased, the roadway presence and proper operation of school vehicles that do not have stop arms and eight way lights have received increased scrutiny from schools, parents, police, and others. This article will discuss how to reconcile the often competing issues of public perception, legal compliance, and location ...
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3/6/2020| Reference Number : 152.0| Legal, School Bus, Legislative/Regulatory | Bus Stops, Loading Zones, School Vehicle |
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