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  • The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association issued a statement against the Department of Labor's just-released overtime final rule. The rule will raise the standard salary level for overtime to $913/week from $455/week effective Dec. 1 and require the salary threshold to increase every three years.    The NLBMDA expressed concern for small businesses in a press release... more »
  • Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that will provide tariff relief for U.S. manufacturers while complying with the congressional ban on earmarks. The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill, which will overhaul the process for reducing or eliminating tariffs on imported inputs and products not available or in short supply domestically, passed by unanimous consent. It will now be sent to President Obama... more »
  • Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Dr. David Danielson announced the second round of funding for the Energy Department’s Technologist in Residence program. At its core, the new program aims to strengthen lab-industry relationships to support industry needs and leverage the national lab network for strategic, long-term, collaborative R&D. Up to $2.3 million... more »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined G.D. Friend Inc. $28,564 for failing to comply with the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule while performing renovation work at two residential properties in Southern California. The company installs energy efficient home improvement products, such as windows and siding under the operation Everlast Home Energy Solutions. An EPA inspection... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Labor issued an Administrator’s Interpretation to help business owners better understand the concept of joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. In July 2015, the National Labor Relations Board significantly expanded risk for companies that subcontract employees to be considered a “... more »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a change to the refresher training for renovators currently required under the Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule. Specifically, EPA will allow renovators to take a refresher course without mandatory hands-on training, such as online courses, once every other recertification instead of every time, the Window & Door Manufacturers... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy announced an opportunity for up to $30 million in funding for a new program focused on improving the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings. ARPA-E’s single-pane highly insulating efficient lucid designs (SHIELD) program seeks to reduce heat-loss for improved building efficiency by developing... more »
  • The California Statewide Codes & Standards Program updated the 2013 version of its Reference Ace Tool, designed to help users navigate the Title 24, Part 6 Standards documents. As before, keyword search capabilities and hyperlinks to allow users to jump directly to related sections, designed to make using the Standards documents easier. This new version links the relevant sections of the... more »
  • The U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation on May 15 that would reform the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule to reduce the burden the rule has placed on the home retrofit market while protecting pregnant women and small children from lead hazards. This legislation was the key focus of a recent Window and Door Manufacturers Association... more »
  • Roto Frank of America and Connecticut State Senator Art Linares worked together to develop legislation that will help ensure the safety of children throughout the state, the company reports. Sen. Linares (33rd District), was prompted to introduce SB169: An Act Concerning Public Housing and Child Safe Windows during a tour to Roto Frank of America in Chester, Conn. The tour coincided with National... more »