November 29, 2016
Last week, a federal judge in Texas blocked an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million salaried workers from taking effect, according to a report by Reuters.
U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant agreed with over 20 states and a coalition of business groups, including the National Association of Manufacturers, that the rule is unlawful and granted their motion... more »
November 15, 2016
Republicans negotiating the first major update to the nation’s energy policy in close to a decade appeared to waver in their commitment to finalize a bill in the lame duck session after their party's electoral victories, according to a report from the Window and Door Manufacturers Association.
Aides in the House and Senate close to committee work on the final bill have indicated that... more »
November 8, 2016
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association updated its members on the current status of its proposals for the 2018 International Code Council Building and Energy Codes. Among the most significant proposals impacting the fenestration industry under the IECC supported by WDMA and receiving preliminary approval are proposed amendments to the fenestration thermal performance requirements which... more »
September 27, 2016
Twenty one states and a coalition of more than 50 business groups filed separate lawsuits seeking to overturn a sweeping federal regulation designed to qualify millions more Americans for overtime pay starting in December, The Wall Street Journal reports.
“Attorneys general in Texas and Nevada filed their lawsuit on behalf of their states and 19 others, arguing the Labor Department rule... more »
September 20, 2016
In advance of the new Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rule changes that soon take effect, WDMA is again partnering with Affinity HR Group to host a complimentary webinar on the topic. This follow up to the successful spring webinar focuses on the practical application of the new FLSA overtime rule changes and how to build and implement a compliance strategy. The webinar takes place on... more »
August 15, 2016
That ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings proposed an ASTM International standard that will provide a visual assessment and sampling protocol to determine if a dust-lead hazard remains following clean-up of an activity that has or may have disturbed lead-based paint. The proposed standard is WK52690, Practice for Clearance Examinations Following Lead Hazard Reduction Activities in... more »
August 9, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency granted an extension of the comment period for the Section 610 review of the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, according to a release from the Window and Door Manufacturers Association. EPA announced the Section 610 Review in June, which is a mandatory retrospective review under the Regulatory Flexibility Act and requires EPA to issue a comprehensive... more »
July 27, 2016
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association released an updated document describing the test procedures and performance requirements for pigmented organic coatings applied to aluminum, fiber reinforced thermoset or wood and cellulosic composite profiles for windows, doors, wall panels, skylights, sloped glazing and similar products. The update clarified the requirements for outdoor or... more »
May 3, 2016
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association recently released an updated document establishing the requirements for materials, testing and performance for friction-based balance assemblies used in hung-type windows. This update ensures the document conforms to the most recent version of the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS)/Specification for... more »
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 »