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  • The U.S. Department of Labor announced a proposed rule to revise and clarify the responsibilities of employers and joint employers to employees in joint employer arrangements. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) allows joint employer situations where an employer and a joint employer are jointly responsible for the employee's wages. This proposal would ensure employers and joint employers clearly... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Labor announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would make more than a million more American workers eligible for overtime. This new proposal would update the salary threshold using current wage data, projected to Jan. 1, 2020, and would boost the standard salary level from $455 to $679 per week (an equivalent of $23,660 to $35,308 per year).  “Our... more »
  • On Sept. 17, the Office of the United States Trade Representative released a list of approximately $200-billion worth of Chinese imports that will be subject to additional tariffs. The action comes at the direction of President Trump and will take effect on Sept. 24, beginning at 10 percent and increasing to 25 percent on Jan. 1, 2019. The list of more than 5,700 products includes wood products,... more »
  • In May, the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned for the year and did not consider window warranty legislation that was vetoed during the previous year. The legislation would have required that a manufacturer of “residential roofing, window, or siding materials” offering a consumer warranty would have had 30 days to make determinations on paying warranty claims. After 30 days,... more »
  • Last week, Canada imposed retaliatory tariffs on several products manufactured in the United States, including a 10 percent tariff on aluminum doors, door thresholds and windows. These tariffs were issued in response to the tariffs on steel and aluminum imposed by the United States, which were recently expanded to include Canada and Mexico. Canada has stated that these tariffs will remain in... more »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency determined that, based on conclusions from a review required by Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, it will not amend the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. In the review results, published by the EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, the EPA recognized some issues with the RRP Rule, including the lack of a commercially... more »
  • The U.S. Green Building Council announced significant streamlining for all LEED prerequisites and some credits for California projects that are pursuing certification under LEED v4. New projects built to California’s energy and green building codes (CALGreen) are pre-approved for significant streamlining of fundamental LEED requirements.   “In the case of CALGreen, LEED is able... more »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that six lead paint enforcement actions—for a combined total of $287,000 in settlements—were completed over the past year in California and Arizona.   The companies that made settlements allegedly failed to comply with federal regulations requiring them to protect the public from exposure to lead. In addition to the penalties,... more »
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a reminder for employers of their obligation to post a copy of OSHA’s Form 300A, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2017. Each year, between Feb. 1 and April 30, the 300A form must be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees and... more »
  • San Francisco's federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals directed the Environmental Protection Agency to update its regulations defining lead-based paint and how much lead in dust represents a hazard. The court gave EPA 90 days to issue a proposed rule and one year to publish a final rule with an option to convince the court that it needs additional time. The court said the agency had unreasonably... more »