October 4, 2016
The House of Representatives passed a bill Sept. 28 that would delay the effective start date of the Department of Labor's new overtime regulations by six months. The new rule will require employers to pay overtime to salaried workers earning less than $47,500 a year, double the current threshold of $23,660.
Five House Democrats joined 241 Republicans to support moving the rule's effective date... more »
June 14, 2016
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency published a notice in its spring 2016 regulatory agenda that they are initiating a “610 review” of the Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule. A 610 review is a reference to the Regulatory Flexibility Act that mandates EPA to conduct a review within ten years of promulgating a final rule that has or may have a significant economic... more »
May 31, 2016
Recently, the Department of Labor issued a final rule that significantly increases the number of employees eligible for overtime pay.
The final rule states that the salary level under which employees qualify for overtime pay will increase from $455 per week ($23,360 annually) to an estimated $913 per week ($47,476 annually). The rule is effective December 1, 2016. The salary threshold will... more »
May 20, 2016
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 »
May 20, 2016
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 »
May 10, 2016
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 »
April 5, 2016
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 »
February 22, 2016
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 »
February 15, 2016
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 »
October 7, 2015
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 »