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  • The General Data Protection Regulation, a regulation in European Union law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area, went into effect on May 25. The new ruling affects how companies can use the data of people who live in the EU.   Click here to read more.   more »
  • President Trump announced last Thursday that he plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, according to reporting from the New York Times. The president made the announcement during a meeting with industry executives, saying that he would impose a tariff of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports. The president’s decision comes after the Commerce... more »
  • On July 1, a change in the Canadian Anti-Spam Laws took effect. The change requires “Express Consent” before sending an email to a Canadian address. Before July 1, CASL considered "Implied Consent"—a three-year existing business relationship—as compliance. However, that condition is now void. Terms Express Consent: A recipient willingly and consciously agrees to... more »
  • An alliance between the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers,the International Code Council, the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating Engineering Society, and the U.S. Green Building Council is pushing for unifying ASHRAE's Standard 189.1 for High-Performance Green Buildings with ICC's International Green Construction Code into a single model... more »
  • Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency published a notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on government regulations that are deemed too costly or deemed to inhibit job creation, among other factors, according to a release from the Window and Door Manufacturers Association. The request for comment is in response to an Executive Order signed by President Trump in... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »