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  • The U.S. may levy a 10 percent tariff on $300 billion in Chinese goods beginning on Sept. 1, according to reporting by the Washington Post. The tariff will be imposed on the remaining goods that have not already been taxed – President Trump increased a 10 percent tariff on $250 billion in Chinese goods to 25 percent in May. If the tariff takes effect, they will affect consumer goods,... more »
  • The Window and Door Manufacturers Association applauds the reintroduction of the Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act (H.R. 3586), sponsored by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR). This bill defines the Department of Energy's role in new model energy code development and guarantees that certain products and technologies are not given preferential treatment. WDMA made reintroduction of the bill one of... more »
  • President Trump announced on Thursday, May 30, that the U.S. will impose a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican imported goods, starting on June 10, according to New York Times reporting. The tariff threat is part of the administration's effort to force Mexico to increase its immigration enforcement actions, according to a White House statement. "If the illegal migration crisis is alleviated... more »
  • President Donald Trump's administration reached a deal that will lift tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico, reports NPR. This marks the end of nearly a year of 25 percent and 10 percent tariffs for steel and aluminum, respectively, that the U.S. imposed on imports from Canada and Mexico. Retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico have been in effect for almost the same... more »
  • As of May 10, the U.S. raised tariffs on 5,700 different categories of products to 25 percent, according to reporting by Reuters. The Trump administration imposed a tariff of 10 percent on about $200 billion in Chinese imports on Sept. 17. The new tariffs went into effect on the second day of trade talks with Liu He, the Chinese vice premier. More than 5,700 products are affected, including... more »
  • On Sunday, President Donald Trump renewed his call for 25 percent tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods. Trump initially announced the tariffs in September, beginning with an immediate 10 percent hike. The tariffs were set to rise to 25 percent in January, but the administration halted the increase due to ongoing trade talks. Trump put the 25 percent hike back on the table in a... more »
  • 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 »