April 21, 2016
The U.S. Senate voted yesterday to pass the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012) by a vote of 85-12. This vote comes after the House of Representatives passed its energy bill last December (H.R. 8). The legislation makes several updates to the nation's energy policy.
An amendment backed by the Window and Door Manufacturers Association was agreed to before the final vote. The inclusion of... more »
April 18, 2016
Adi Amit, Esq., partner at law firm Lubell Rosen, recently obtained a win on summary judgment on all issues in favor of Window Mart Inc./WM International Group LLC and its owners against a former employee who claimed to have been owed overtime pay. The court entered final judgment in the defendants' favor without the need for trial.
Amit argued that the plaintiff could not sustain his overtime... more »
August 10, 2015
Last week, legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate that would reform the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule to reduce the burden the rule has placed on the home retrofit market while protecting pregnant women and small children from lead hazards, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association reports.
The "Lead Exposure Reduction... more »
April 30, 2013
Recent code editions previously have prescribed requirements for minimum sill heights in new construction to lessen the risk of a fall through a window opening. That minimum height may be avoided if the opening is filled with a window that will not open, or if the unit is equipped with a fall prevention device, such as a window opening control device (WOCD).
While jurisdictions across the country... more »
January 7, 2013
The Affordable Care Act requires reporting of the aggregate cost of applicable employer-sponsored coverage on an employee's W-2 Wage and Tax Statement. According to Internal Revenue Service Notice 2010-69, reporting was optional for all employers in 2011 and for employers issuing less than 250 W-2 forms in 2012.
However, reporting will be required on the W-2 form issued in January 2013 for... more »
November 2, 2012
As the economy–fingers crossed–starts to pick up again and consumers find themselves motivated to spend hard-earned dollars, window and door companies will hire more employees. If you're in that position, you’ll want to hire the “right” person. And to help find the "right person," your company may be planning to perform background checks.
Background... more »
August 21, 2012
If it’s technically true, then I can get away with claiming it. Or can I? Not necessarily, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
In an action this past February, the FTC charged five window companies with making deceptive energy efficiency and cost savings representations, including energy savings claims of “up to” 50 percent. The government found such claims were... more »
July 11, 2011
If you have ever tried to run an internet search for your business name to see what pops up under the results, you might notice “sponsored advertising” links above, below or next to the search results. In those sponsored listings, you might also notice these ads are using your business name or identifying your product in the advertisement itself, even though you are in no way... more »
May 24, 2011
Courts have been revisiting a hot issue in the construction industry—whether or not a commercial general liability (CGL) policy provides coverage for damage to property caused by faulty workmanship.
In a recent case, a majority in the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that claims for repair of poor workmanship alone are not covered by insurance. The primary reason is that CGL policies are... more »
May 3, 2011
A growing number of window manufacturers have fallen prey to lawsuits which include allegations that an individual homeowner claim is being brought on behalf of a much larger “class” of consumers. Even the risk of certification allowing a case to proceed as a class action can create a very serious situation. The tools for managing this risk have been elusive.
However, the United... more »