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Safety Violations Lead to Hefty Fines for Framing and Roofing Companies

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in News

Safety Violations Lead to Hefty Fines for Framing and Roofing Companies Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by NAHBNow on November 30, 2016 • Based on recent news releases pushed out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), framing and roofing companies (especially those that have already been cited and/or fined) should be increasingly diligent about following safety and health regulations. OSHA’s enforcement of fall protection violations seems to have picked at the recent renewal of its Region-Wide Local Emphasis Program, which allows the agency to conduct inspections of residential construction worksites under the jurisdiction of Federal OSHA. For example, recently: In late November, OSHA issued a press release about a Florida framing contractor who now faces $360,000 in fines for fall-related safety hazards and other safety violations. OSHA cited the company after repeatedly observing employees working at heights of up to 22 feet without fall protection. FIn late September, OSHA fined a New Jersey contractor $291,997 for failing to provide fall protection for employees at four Lehigh Valley worksites, and 13 other safety violations. A Syracuse roofing contractor with a history of safety violations was fined $96,000. In early September, inspectors found employees working atop a residential roof up to 20 feet without fall protection. They also found an additional fall hazard created by a roof access ladder that did not extend at least 3 feet above the roof’s edge for required stability. OSHA previously cited the company for similar hazards at other roofing jobs. In late September, two unrelated companies (roofing and framing) received fines over $200,000 for repeat safety violations. During site inspections for both companies, employees were observed performing roofing and framing activities without fall protection. In the same month, another roofing company was fined a little over $60,000 for failing to work crews with fall protection. “The company can easily eliminate the hazards by using readily available and reusable personal protective equipment, or by making simple modifications to its work practices, yet it continues to expose workers to dangerous conditions. This will not be tolerated by OSHA,” said Jean Kulp, director of OSHA’s Allentown, Pa., area office, in a press release. Inspections under OSHA’s Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction are ongoing. Protect your workers and your investment by developing a safety training program, learn more about fall protection safety or take a look at these resources that can help new employees get up to...

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Federal Judge Blocks Overtime Rule

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in News

Federal Judge Blocks Overtime Rule Filed in Codes and Regulations, Labor, Safety and Health, Legal by NAHB Now on November 23, 2016 • 1 Comment In a victory for NAHB, a federal judge in Texas on Nov. 22 granted a preliminary injunction to delay implementation of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. The rule, which was scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, would double the overtime salary limit from $23,660 to $47,476. NAHB joined other business groups in filing a legal challenge to the overtime rule on Sept. 20. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. In addition, 21 states have also filed suit challenging the rule and the two lawsuits have been consolidated. The parties have filed motions for a summary judgment. While the injunction is only temporary, the ruling by Judge Amos Mazzant sent a strong signal that he could likely side with NAHB and our business coalition. “The State Plaintiffs have shown a likelihood of success on the merits because the Final Rule exceeds the Department’s authority,” Mazzant wrote in his opinion. Working with House and Senate lawmakers and members of our business coalition, the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, NAHB has been leading the effort to mitigate the effects of the overtime rule. In addition to the lawsuit, the association is asking Congress to phase-in the new salary requirements, as well as provide permanent relief from the rule’s provision to automatically update the salary threshold every three years. It is uncertain what the incoming Trump administration will do on overtime next year, but legislative and regulatory action will not be needed if the rule is ultimately struck down in the courts. As NAHB keeps working toward permanent relief, the association will continue to provide members with the tools they need to comply with the new overtime requirements in the event that the court rules against NAHB, our business coalition and the 21 state attorneys general. For more information, contact Felicia Watson at 800-368-5242 x8229 or  Suzanne Beall at...

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BUILD-PAC’s Track Record Remains Strong in November Elections

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in News

BUILD-PAC’s Track Record Remains Strong in November Elections Filed in Capitol Hill by NAHB Now on November 15, 2016 •  Despite all the twists and turns of the recent election cycle, one thing remained constant: the growing strength of BUILD-PAC, NAHB’s political action committee, dedicated to electing the most qualified pro-housing, pro-business candidates to federal office. Throughout the 2015-2016 election cycle, BUILD-PAC supported 356 U.S. congressional candidates. On Nov. 8, 95% of the candidates won their races. “BUILD-PAC has made great strides in this election cycle,” said Eugene Graf IV, the 2016 BUILD-PAC chairman. “We disbursed more than $2.8 million to federal candidates and committees – an 18% increase over the last cycle. BUILD-PAC’s support of pro-housing candidates is shaping the political landscape.” Also, for the first time in its 74-year history, NAHB this year endorsed candidates for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. NAHB endorsed candidates who have shown a commitment to policies that promote homeownership and rental housing opportunities for all Americans. NAHB made all of its endorsement decisions in concert with the state and local associations of the lawmakers under consideration. Of the 137 candidates NAHB endorsed, 129 – or 94% – won their races on Nov. 8. Learn more about the impact of the 2016 elections on housing. Questions about BUILD-PAC? Check out the BUILD-PAC web page or contact Meghan Everngam at 800-368-5242 x8259....

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Businesses be Ready: Overtime Rule Kicks in Dec. 1

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in News

Businesses be Ready: Overtime Rule Kicks in Dec. 1 Filed in Codes and Regulations, Labor, Safety and Health by NAHB Now on November 15, 2016 • Small home building firms and other businesses need to be prepared as the Department of Labor’s final rule to double the overtime salary limit from $23,660 to $47,476 will take effect on Dec. 1. It is uncertain what the incoming Trump administration will do on overtime next year, but what remains crystal clear is that the Dec. 1 compliance deadline remains hard and fast. This means that any professional, administrative and executive employees making under $47,476 will be due time and a half if they work more 40 hours a week. NAHB estimates that more than 100,000 construction supervisors will be newly eligible for overtime next month. Working with House and Senate lawmakers and members of our business coalition, the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, NAHB has been spearheading effort to mitigate the effects of the overtime rule. NAHB is asking Congress to phase-in the new salary requirements, as well as provide permanent relief from the rule’s provision to automatically update the salary threshold every three years. The Overtime Reform and Review Act (S. 3464) in the Senate and the Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act (H.R. 5813) in the House would achieve these goals. The legislation is unlikely to move forward during the lame duck session as President Obama would likely veto either measure. NAHB joined with other business groups in filing a legal challenge to the overtime rule on Sept. 20. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. In addition, 21 states have also filed suit challenging the rule and the two lawsuits have been consolidated. The parties have filed motions for a summary judgment. NAHB is awaiting decision on the outcome of those motions. As NAHB keeps working toward permanent relief, members need to be prepared to comply by Dec. 1. The association will continue to provide its members with the tools they need to comply with the new overtime requirements, including an FAQ document and webinar. NAHB will also work with the Trump administration to find relief, particularly with the automatic salary threshold hikes. For more information, contact Suzanne Beall at 800-368-5242...

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Get Out and Vote on Nov. 8

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in News

Get Out and Vote on Nov. 8 Filed in Capitol Hill by NAHB Now on November 7, 2016 • Democracy is a participatory sport and we all must get in the game. As NAHB Chairman Ed Brady recently said: “Leaders we elect at the local, state and national levels will impact you and your family and your business for years to come. The leaders we elect on Nov. 8 will affect your job, your health care, your energy costs  and the entire economy. Go vote.” Meanwhile, NAHB is endorsing 137 U.S. House and Senate candidates in the upcoming Nov. 8 elections. View this page to see who NAHB is endorsing in your state or congressional district. Though NAHB does not endorse candidates for president, your association has reached out to the Republican and Democratic presidential contenders to see where each stands on the issues that are most important to our members and the industry. See where the presidential candidates stand on the important housing issues of the day. Be sure to get out to the polls: Make housing a winner on Election...

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