February 9, 2024

FEMA Announces Significant Changes to Disaster Assistance Program

For businesses in the pet care services industry, having an emergency action plan in place is crucial for ensuring the safety of staff members and animals in the event of a natural disaster or other crisis. While it may be difficult to fully prepare for the consequences that a disaster could have on your business, new changes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may make it easier to receive assistance and recover more quickly in the event that the worst happens. […]
February 8, 2024

New Laws and Regulations Businesses Should Know About in 2024

The beginning of each new year tends to usher in a wave of new state and federal laws and regulations impacting businesses in several different industries. For small and medium-sized businesses in particular, it’s crucial to pay attention to how these items of legislation could potentially affect operations. At IBPSA, a key part of our mission is to provide legislative support for businesses in the pet care services industry. As we monitor the latest legal news affecting businesses across the […]
January 16, 2024

What Pet Care Businesses Should Know About OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements

For businesses in the pet care industry, it’s imperative to not only take steps to ensure the health and safety of the animals in their care, but also to create a safe workplace for employees. Promoting workplace safety is an effective way to improve staff morale and reduce workers’ compensation premiums—and for many businesses, it may also be required by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Among the most common rules imposed by OSHA are recordkeeping requirements, which […]
January 3, 2024

IBPSA Joins Coalition Advocating for Expansion of 529 Savings Plans

If enacted, proposed legislation would allow 529 plans to be used for postsecondary skills training and credentialing, such as IBPSA’s certification programs. For American families seeking to set aside funds for their children’s future education expenses, investment accounts known as 529 plans offer a multi-beneficial option. However, these plans are currently subject to a significant limitation: they do not cover expenses related to postsecondary credentials and skills training, such as government-issued licenses, nongovernmental certifications, registrations, and other specializations. Fortunately, a […]