NYSMCA: New York State Messenger and Courier Association, Inc.

New York State Messenger and Courier Association

Moving Forward Through Collaboration, Compliance and Cooperation

Meetings

NYSMCA Workshop

Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act Is Official!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Arno's Restaurant, 141 West 38th Street, New York, NY 10018
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Labor Law Update

 

Since our last meeting there have been so many changes and moving parts in the law related to our industry. Our President, Mark Chiusano will be providing updates and statuses on the following and more:

 

  • Mis-classification of foot and bike messengers
  • New legislation that will impact Transportation Network Companies
  • Uber and Lyft required to pay minimum wage and how that can impact I/C's
  • California's new test for determination of worker status, employee or I/C
  • Twelve weeks of bereavement leave may be on tap for New Yorkers
  • And more...

Lobbying and Advocacy

Chirs Mackrell, President of Customer Courier Solutions will review best practices on why lobbying and advocacy are important strategies for ensuring laws and rules support the programs and services that are our reason for existing. He will also share best practices on how easy it is to reach your local city council person and how you can make an impact.

Our margins are being squeezed by the amount of regulation and the high costs of doing business here in the State of New York. Together we can make a difference.

 

 

Stop Sexual Harassment Act

It is official. Mayor Bill deBlasio signed into law a bill passed by the NYC council, the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act.

Join us to see what this new law means for you and your small business from compliance, training and mitigating risk in the workplace.

You must have the law posted by September 6, 2018 in both English and Spanish. Effective October 9, 2018 all employers in New York State will need to implement annual training for all employees and managers that cover certain topics set out in the statute. All current employees must be trained and signed off that they were trained. New York City's training requirements apply to all employers with 15 or more employees.You will learn:

  • Proper training
  • Best practices on mitigating and reducing risk for lawsuits
  • Written policies
  • Use of confidentiality provisions curtailed
  • Changes to the statues coverage and statue of limitations
  • Coverage extended to non-employees, vendors, contractors and more.

Board of Directors

We encourage our Association to be present to recognize our new Board and their respective positions and celebrate the accomplishments of our out going President, Mark Chiusano and the entire Board.

The Association has advocated on capitol hill during the past two years at very high level.

For two consecutive years there has been record breaking sponsorship and attendance at the Annual Holiday party.

Our Association is only as good as the participation of members. Together we make a difference and as a community we have the opportunity to change the ordinary to extraordinary.

2018-2020 Board of Directors

President - John V. Rutigliano

Vice President - Larry Zogby

Secretary/Treasurer - Mitchell Newnan

Board Member - Didier Milongo

Board Member-Michael Turek

Past President-Mark Chiusano

Board Member-TBD

 

Please join us on September 12, 2018 for the NYSMCA seminar and business meeting.

All members are welcome to attend the seminar and networking hour for $50

Non-members are welcome to attend one meeting for $75

 

AGENDA

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Workshop

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Open bar, hors d'oeuvres and networking


NYSMCA Workshop

What is my Courier Company Really Worth?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Arno's Restaurant, 141 West 38th Street, New York, NY 10018
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What is my Courier Company Really Worth?

New Spring Capital will share an in depth view of what our courier business is really worth and best practices on how to prepare for an exit strategy. For most people selling their business is a once in a lifetime experience. Therefore even the most successful entrepreneurs realize they are not familiar with the process. Businesses earning millions of dollars per year, leaders in their industry, still must seek out proper advice because of the uniqueness and specialized knowledge required in selling one’s business. Many thoughts, questions and ideas go through an owner’s mind and yet not enough time and effort goes into the planning stage.

  • What can I do today to add more value to my business 
  • How can I minimize my tax liability
  • When should I start preparing for an exit
  • How long does the process take
  • What are the typical fees associated with the sale of a business
  • How much will I receive up front
  • How long do I typically have to stay on for
  • What are buyers really looking for
  • Which valuation formula is right for me: a multiple of EBITDA, a percentage of sales or shareholders equity, or net worth of the company

Please join us on June 13, 2018 for the NYSMCA seminar and business meeting. All members are welcome to attend the seminar and networking hour for $50 Non-members are welcome to attend one meeting for $75 AGENDA 3:00 - 5:00 pm Workshop 5:00 - 6:00 pm Open bar, hors d'oeuvres and networking Our President, Mark Chiusano will give meeting updates on the following: • Meeting with Senator Alshar • Department of Consumer Affairs, Lorelei Salas, and Commissioner • New York City Council, Malak Nassereddine, and Malcom Butehorn

NYSMCA Workshop

How The Tax Cuts and Job Act Will Effect My Small Business

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Arno's Restaurant, 141 West 38th Street, New York, NY 10018
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PKF O'Connor Davies

Will share best practices and strategies of how you can leverage and maximize opportunities in the New Tax Reform and at the same time reduce your liability and tax burden.

PKF O'Connor Davis, LLP is a full-service certified public accounting and advisory firm with a long history of serving clients both domestically and internationally. With roots tracing to 1891, nine offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland, and more than 700 professionals, the Firm provides a complete range of accounting, auditing, tax and management advisory services. PKF O'Connor Davies is ranked 28th on Accounting Today's 2017 "Top 100 Firms" list and is recognized as one of the "Top 10 Fastest-Growing Firms" PKF O'Connor Davis is also recognized as a "Leader in Audit and Accounting " and is ranked among the "Top Firms in the Mid-Atlantic", by Accounting Today. In 2017, PKF O'Connor Davies was named one of the 50 best accounting employers to work for in North America, by Vault. 

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NYSMCA Holiday Networking Event

Thursday, December 14, 2017

 

Your fun filled evening includes:

A three hour hosted bar with passed hors d’oeuvres  at Lexington’s Cocktail and Liquor Bar.

Celebrating the holiday season and network with your colleagues

 while enjoying our private bar in our private room. 

Come join us for a great time!

For further inquiries please call the NYSMCA at 646-789-4472.

Holiday Networking Party Sponsors

Platinum Level

Gold Level

Silver Level

3nom
Avant Business Services Corp.
Breakaway Courier
Brightstone Insurances Services
CLDA
Datatrac Corp. 
Empire Stratefic Planning, Inc
Enterprise Truck Rental
Gallagher Transportation Services
ICC
Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, PC
MPM Consulting, LLC
Openforce
Penske
RJP Labor Consultants
Same Day Delivery Inc.
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney
Strategic Delivery Solutions
The Westchester Bank
The Whitmore Group Ltd.
WCI-Wireless Consulting Inc


 

Star Supporter

A-1 International, Inc
Aim Go Express
Custom Courier Solutions Inc.
GKP Consulting Group
LaserShip
Mitchell's New York
Select Express & Logistics
Tforce

NYSMCA Seminar and Business Meeting

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Arno's Restaurant
141 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018
Registration Link

 

The Gig Economy's Effect on our Industry

 
On July 17th, the Board of Directors and Richard Polsinello attended a meeting with several Directors of the New York State Department of Labor. The objective of this meeting was to address the unfair competitive advantage that the App Based Delivery services currently have due to NYSDOL not enforcing the current Guidelines for Messenger and Couriers that are in effect.
 
The new gig economy and their technology are affecting all of our businesses and most of all still maintain a 20-45% price advantage over traditional courier companies.
 
The NYSMCA Board will share meeting notes, results, and a comprehensive strategy on how we can  level the playing field.
 
The Freelance Act Isn't Free
 
The New York City Council enacted the first of many more laws to address what they perceive to be the shortcomings of the "GIG economy. Entitled The Freelance Isn't Free Act, the law was intended to protect individuals that perform services on a one-off basis -- with the right to receive a written contract, guaranteed timely payment, and protection for retaliation.
 
The law however is ill-defined and can be applicable to many industries including the last mile delivery provider. This law establishes penalties and double damages in some instances where violations are found. And can ever serve as new claim for class-action attorneys. Edwards Lifesciences Corp.
 
The only response is to understand the law and its prescriptions before confronted with one of these claims.
 
Peter Fidopiastis from SCI, Inc. will be the guest panelist on this topic. 
 
Appellate Court Nixes Employee Arbitration Agreements
 
A startling decision issued from the First Department, Appellate Division, dated July, 19, 2017 (which has jurisdiction over Manhattan & the Bronx) held that arbitration agreements obligating employees to waive their rights to bring collective disputes such as class actions regarding wage disputes, were unlawful and unenforceable because they run afoul of the National Labor Relations Act.
 
What Does This Mean for Employers?
 
Since arbitration agreements with class action waivers may no longer offer employers protection from class actions in state trial courts, employers are encouraged to review and evaluate their current wage and hour practices, implement regular self-audits and reviews and undertake immediate corrective action in the event non-compliance is identified.
 
We encourage you and your team (directors of human resource, or key employees) to attend our next seminar and learn best practices to mitigate your risk and protect your companies.
 
Stephen Zweig & Eric Sue of Ford & Harrison LLP will be our guest panelist and walk us through the nuances of the decision, how it came about, and what you can do to protect yourself.
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NYSMCA Seminar and Business Meeting

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Arno's Restaurant
141 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018
Registration Link

NYSMCA Town Hall Meeting, 2017

Learn How to Keep Your Insurance Cost in Line

 
The New York State Messenger and Courier Association is inviting you to join us on Thursday, June 8, 2017 for a two-part program.
 
The first part of the program will focus on the sky rocketing cost of auto insurance, workers compensation and MORE!
  • Auto insurance rates are at an all-time high and increasing rapidly
  • Insurance companies are fleeing the transportation industry
  • Tighter markets equal higher cost
  • Workers Compensation is on the rise
Industry Updates
 
The second part of the program will discuss the following industry topics: 
  • Meeting with the New York State Department of Labor Commissioner
  • Taking a position to level the playing field against delivery app companies
  • How will the Freelance Isn't Free Act Impact Your Business

NYSMCA Seminar and Business Meeting

Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Arno's Restaurant
141 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018
Registration Link

NYSMCA Town Hall Meeting, 2017

The New York State Messenger and Courier Association is inviting you to join us for a Town Hall Meeting.

 

This program will be focused on two themes, introducing our new labor consultants and You, our members

 

 

From 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. : The introduction of our new Labor Consultants

 

Our three Labor Consultants are retired directors from the Department of Labor, with representation from New Jersey, Connecticut , and New York, They are Mike McCarthy, Gary Pechie and our very own Richard Polsinello, repectively.

 

They will share the state of the union of compliance from a muliple state perspective. We will also have an opportunity for a Q & A on best practices on how to stay compliant as we contine to navigate the many changing laws from wage, health, salary, hourly and incentives.

 

From 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. : The second part of our session is all about You

 

We, as a Board, want to understand what resourses and education would be helpful to you and your companies so we can continue to deliver programs that will add value, make stategic connections, stay compliant and utimately drive new opportunities where we all win.

NYSMCA Seminar and Business Meeting

TBD

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Arno's Restaurant
141 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018
Registration Link

TBD

NYSMCA Seminar and Business Meeting

The Minimum Wage Plan - Is this the Beginning to the End?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Arno's Restaurant
141 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018

On April 4, 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a $15.00 minimum wage plan and an aggressive twelve week paid family leave policy into law. Where do we go from here? At our next seminar you will learn about the nuances and impact of these new laws and the rippling effect it will have on small business and the economy.

NYSMCA Business Meeting

How the Sharing Economy is Revolutionizing the Last Mile Delivery Industry

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Arno's Restaurant
141 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018
Registration Link

Please join us for this exciting and timely discussion on the pros and cons of the growing Sharing Economy and how it relates to the Last Mile Delivery industry.

Our keynote speaker, Rob Howard of Grand Junction, Inc. will cover the emerging landscape of the on-demand Sharing Economy, accentuating the companies that participate in the sharing of access to goods and services through the Last Mile Delivery industry.

Business Meeting
Seminar FREE
Dinner $70.00

NYSMCA Holiday Networking Party

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
The Perfect Pint West
123 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

The New York State Messenger & Courier Association cordially invites you to attend its Holiday Networking Party. 

Your fun filled evening includes:
 
A three hour hosted bar with a hot buffet at The Perfect Pint. Located in the heart of Times Square, The Perfect Pint is known as one of NYC's premier venues for great food and atmosphere.
 
Celebrate the holiday season and network with your colleagues while enjoying our private bar in our private room.
 
Come join us for a great time!
 
$90 person

NYSMCA Business Meeting

Practical Methods in Resolving Wage and Hour Class Action Lawsuits

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Arno's Restaurant
141 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018

At the next seminar/meeting, we will be highlighting the best practices to mitigate risks of wage and hour claims against messengers, couriers and logistic companies.

Steven Zweig of Ford & Harrison, LLP, will present business-oriented approaches in resolving wage and hour class action lawsuits as well as the basic wage and hour requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the New York Labor Law (NYLL). Mr. Zweig will also review compliance requirements, consequences of non-compliance, how to respond to administrative investigations and tips for mitigating risks of wage and hour claims.

Richard Polsinello of RJP Labor Consultants, LLC, will discuss the recent changes at the New York State Department of Labor and minimum wage increases. He will also give an update on the status of metro cards.

Business Meeting
Cost: $70.00
Seminar
Cost: Free

NYSMCA Business Meeting

Affordable Care Act: The Impact, How We Manage Compliance and What to Expect Next

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Arno's Restaurant
141 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018

Getting our companies ready to comply with the Affordable Care Act was a monumental undertaking. Now we need to stay on top of the issues in order to stay in compliance, contain costs, avail ourselves of the tax credits and prepare for what’s next.
 
We spent a good deal of time last year learning how to get our companies ready to meet the ACA regulations that took effect as of January 1, 2015 and many of you have some great information to share.  If you are not yet in compliance, or aren’t sure, you should know that the consequences of noncompliance can be severe.
 
Getting into compliance is one part of the picture. Keeping our companies in compliance, containing our costs and taking advantage of tax breaks are what we should focus our attention on now. 
 
This Seminar will Address: 
  • Affordable Care Act regulations and compliance
  • Containing costs and tax credits
  • Consequences of noncompliance
  • Preparation for possible future issues 

Business Meeting Free
Seminar FREE
Dinner $70.00

NYSMCA Business Meeting

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Arno's Restaurant
141 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018

NYSMCA Business Meeting

The fall seminar was entitled, “Beneficial Ways Technology Can Support our Industry.” The seminar addressed how technology can help mitigate potential issues, how technology can protect our independent contractor model and the benefits of IPD mobile - a mobile application designed to enable fast paced delivery companies to instantly expand their driver capacity to meet business demands. 

Errol Cvern of Select Express & Logistics was presented with a plaque in honor and appreciation of his energetic leadership and devotion to the NYSMCA as President from 2012-2014.

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