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

New York State Messenger and Courier Association

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NYSMCA Holiday Networking Event

Thursday, December 14, 2017

NYSMCA Holiday Networking Event

NYSMCA Holiday Networking Event, 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

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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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