Posts Tagged ‘ Department of Labor ’

Window and Door Companies Weigh in on Supreme Court Decision Regarding Vaccine Mandate

Jan 14th, 2022

Some companies and organizations in the glass and fenestration industry may have breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday when the Supreme Court ruled to block an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule mandating businesses with at least 100 employees require workers to be vaccinated or get tested weekly and wear a mask. In Minnesota, […]

Department of Labor Grants Limited Exemption from Equal Employment Opportunity Clause

Mar 20th, 2020

In an effort to provide relief to companies impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued a memorandum that grants a limited exemption and waiver from some of the requirements of the laws administered by the OFCCP. This includes a requirement that federal contracting […]

Department of Labor Unveils Funding Opportunities for Worker Safety Training

Aug 3rd, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced three Susan Harwood Training Grants funding opportunity announcements for Targeted Topic Training Grants, Training and Educational Materials Development Grants, and Capacity Building Grants. A total of $10.5 million is available for nonprofit organizations including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint […]

DOL’s Joint Employment Rule Withdrawn

Jun 8th, 2017

On Wednesday, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta withdrew the department’s 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment that,  under Obama-era definitions, could have held an employer liable for the labor and workplace practices of independent contractors and subcontractors such as window installers. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) praised the decision. “Given that […]

OSHA’s Controversial Silica Rule Set in Motion

Mar 24th, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its final “Silica Rule,” intended to limit construction and general industry workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule, which has been in the works since 2013, reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for workers. It also requires employers to implement engineering controls, offer medical exams and […]

NLBMDA: DOL’s Overtime Rule Proposal Must Be Fixed

Feb 11th, 2016

The National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association (NLBMDA) is urging its members to take action on a recent federal proposal. The association opposes the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposal that would “significantly alter existing overtime rules by raising the salary level under which employees qualify for overtime pay from $455 per week ($23,360 annually) […]

Census Bureau Releases Data on Noncitizens

Feb 28th, 2014

While many people believe immigration laws, a widely discussed and strongly debated topic, need to be revisited, what is not under question is the rapid rate at which this group is increasing. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that noncitizens are an increasing segment in U.S. society, as evidenced by data recently released from a 2010-2012 […]

Flat Glass Prices Fall for the Fourth Time in Five Months

Feb 25th, 2014

Flat glass prices dipped .6 percent from December to January, marking the fourth such fall in prices within the last five months, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) Report issued by the U.S. Labor Department. The only increase came from October to November, when the prices of flat glass rose 1.3 percent. The […]

Metal Extruder Cited by OSHA; Fined $166,000 for 15 Safety Violations

Oct 21st, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Extruders Inc., an aluminum extruder that makes door and window frames in Wylie, Texas, and division of Atrium Cos. Inc. for $166,000 in proposed penalties. The penalties are for 15 safety violations, including one willful, and for failing to protect workers from […]

Flat Glass Prices Down Slightly, According to Latest Producer Price Index Report

May 17th, 2013

Flat glass prices saw a slight decrease—just 0.9 percent—from March to April, according to the latest Producer Price Index Report from the U.S. Labor Department. The index was listed at 115.8 for April, compared with 116.8 for March. The price of construction materials remained stable—with only a slight change from March to April, according to […]

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