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April 8, 2014

A quick fix can go a long way to solving a problem, particularly when that problem is a payroll error.

“Payroll errors unfortunately occur from time to time even at the best employers,” said Chuck McDonald, an attorney in the Greenville, S.C., office of Ogletree Deakins, in an interview with SHRM Online.

April 8, 2014

At the inaugural Best of U.S. awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Kori Ade, coach of U.S. Olympic figure skater Jason Brown, was honored with the USG Building Dreams award.

Ade had been Brown's coach for 14 years -- the only one he's ever had -- and has never missed a performance. She's seen him through 14 international trips and many junior, national and international wins. She also moved her family to help meet his training requirements.

January 30, 2014

Companies that make their open-and-closed policies clear for inclement-weather seasons -- such as snowy winters and falls full of hurricanes -- can keep employees informed, instead of in the dark.

“An employer does not have to have a policy and can simply tell employees that they must report to work when the business is open, regardless of what other businesses choose to do and are reported on the news,” Richele Taylor, an attorney in Fisher & Philips’ Columbia, S.C., office, told SHRM Online.

January 29, 2014

KB Home's board of directors has unanimously elected Michael M. Wood, founder and chairman of Redwood Investments LLC, to serve as a director and a member of its audit and compliance committee.

October 24, 2013

Nashville,  Tenn. -- The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) is ramping up its efforts to promote its signature: the Innocent Sellers Act (HR 2746).

Speaking during the Washington Update presentation here at the ProDealer Industry Summit, NLBMDA CEO Michael O’Brien led a discussion on recent lobbying activity that included the deep waters of Obamacare and legislation reform.

October 24, 2013

Many employers encourage workers to decorate their workspace or dress up for Halloween, or allow workplace Halloween parties featuring decorations and costumes.

But what one person considers funny and harmless, another may view as tasteless or offensive.

On a blog called “Ask a Manager,” one black reader inquired about how to tell white co-workers that painting their faces dark so they could imitate basketball stars would offend her. Her question inspired both empathy and disbelief.

October 2, 2013

At Bloomberg News’ offices in New York City and Washington, D.C., well-stocked food stations are a staple: Cereals, granola bars, hot chocolate, cookies, candy, soups, nuts, juices, vegetables and fruit are just some of the free offerings for the company’s many thousands of employees.

During orientation new hires are told that the stations are designed to encourage camaraderie and idea swapping. That’s the upside.

September 9, 2013

As the living-wage bill makes the rounds in Washington, D.C., HCN readers embrace a right-to-work attitude.

The mayor of Washington, D.C., is considering a proposal that hike the miminum wage in the district for big retailers. 

The plan calls for a $12.50 minimum wage – well above the current $8.25 – for employees of companies with $1 billion or more in sales and stores measuring at least 75,000 square feet. 

September 6, 2013

The mayor of Washington, D.C., is considering a proposal that hike the miminum wage in the district for big retailers. 

The plan calls for a $12.50 minimum wage – well above the current $8.25 – for employees of companies with $1 billion or more in sales and stores measuring at least 75,000 square feet. 

Here’s how HCN readers weighed in:

August 8, 2013

The Oct. 1, 2013, deadline for employers to provide employees with written notice about new health care exchanges should trigger employers’ efforts to help their workers understand a wide range of pending health care changes, benefits experts say.

August 6, 2013

The Washington, D.C.-based Windows & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) criticized the Energy Star Program for what the WDMA described as a lack of “balance,” among other things. 

The complaint was lodged at the final draft of Version 6.0 program requirements for residential windows, doors and skylights, released July 31.

July 1, 2013

"Grill Sergeants" were turned loose on servicemen and their families during a charity grill-off this weekend at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. 

Lowe’s, which counts 16,000 military veterans on its payroll, and the USO treated hundreds of servicemen and women and their families to the charity grill-off. “Grill Sergeants” from each branch of the military put their grilling skills to the test during the all-star grilling competition.

June 20, 2013

KB Homes has appointed Tom Dunn as the newest president of its D.C. Metro division. With 20 years of home-building experience specific to the Washington, D.C., area, Dunn will oversee the entirety of the company's regional operations.

Previously, Dunn held leadership positions at M/I Homes and NVR Homes and was most recently owner and founder of residential property firm BMD Investments.

June 12, 2013

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association has a question for the LBM industry:

"Does global harmonization, pictograms, new MSDS requirements and new container labeling have you confused?"

The Washington, D.C.-based industry group believes the changes to the OSHA Hazard Communication tankard are indeed confusing, even overwhelming. 

May 28, 2013

“Automatically enrolling employees into a 401(k) plan at a 6% salary default rate, rather than at the more common 3% default, means a higher savings rate for more people,” said Dallas Salisbury, president and CEO of the nonprofit Employee Benefit Retirement Institute, at a May 9, 2013, EBRI-sponsored policy forum on how plan-design decisions affect adequate retirement savings, held in Washington, D.C. “It’s more effective than encouraging greater savings through communications and education.”

April 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lumberyard owners and suppliers focused on three wide-ranging front-burner regulatory and legislative issues during the 2013 Legislative Conference here in the nation's capitol.

Reform of the Environmental Protection Agency's lead paint rule was among the three high-priority items, along with preservation of the mortgage interest deduction and creation of online sales tax parity.

April 8, 2013

The great H.L. Mencken wrote: "A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar."

Is he right? I don't know, but it seems as if Washington, D.C., is quite a mess these days, with a mounting deficit and acrimonious factions.

Still, one of the highlights on the HCN calendar is the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. This year's event, in addition to several rounds of strategizing and lobbying, featured presentations from not one, but two politicians.

March 20, 2013

At the NLBMDA Legislative Conference and on Capitol Hill, dealers tackle taxes, deductions and regulations.

Washington, D.C. -- Lumberyard owners and suppliers focused on three wide-ranging front-burner regulatory and legislative issues during the 2013 Legislative Conference here in the nation's capitol.

Reform of the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead paint rule was among the three high-priority items, along with preservation of the mortgage interest deduction and creation of online sales tax parity. 

March 20, 2013

Mike Salsieder of Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork has become the new chair of the windows and doors group.

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced its new leadership team at the WDMA Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.   

At the meeting, the WDMA board of directors elected Mike Salsieder, of Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork in Wausau, Wis., as the association's 2013-2014 chair, replacing outgoing chair Ann Duebner of Eggers Industries in Two Rivers, Wis.

March 19, 2013

At the 2013 NLBMDA/WDMA Legislative Conference, a congressman rips out-of-control regulations.

Washington, D.C. -- Speaking to a room full of lumberyard owners and LBM suppliers, Representative Bill Johnson of Ohio's 6th Congressional District and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee made it very clear how he felt about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

February 13, 2013

"Employers -- under a variety of different laws -- can’t ask an employee’s doctor any questions that they can’t ask the employee,” said Robert Dustin, an employment and disability law attorney with Saul Ewing LLP in Washington, D.C.

Can an employer call an employee’s doctor to ask about the documentation for an employee’s request for intermittent leave? Can the employer email the employee’s doctor with questions about the accommodation a disabled employee has requested?

January 23, 2013

Las Vegas -- The National Association of Home Builders sees the residential construction industry gaining momentum in a larger economy that includes a few wild cards.

Las Vegas -- The National Association of Home Builders sees the residential construction industry gaining momentum in a larger economy that includes a few wild cards.

At the International Builders’ Show here in Las Vegas, the Washington, D.C.-based trade association updated its 2013 housing starts forecast to 949,000 starts in 2013, up 21.5% from the prior year. At the end of January, the group had forecast 932,000.   

January 4, 2013

According to a report in the Washington Business Journal, Lowe’s plans to open in the Washington, D.C., area. 

The journal reported that the Mooresville, N.C.-based retailer will open a 130,000-sq.-ft. store in a retail development anchored by Costco Wholesale Corp. The project is reportedly being developed by Fort Lincoln New Town Corp.

September 28, 2012

A new front opened in the trade war against China when a group of U.S. plywood manufacturers filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission. The Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood (CFTHP) claimed that Chinese manufacturers are “dumping” plywood on the U.S. market at unfair prices, a practice enabled by subsidies from the government of China.

August 1, 2012

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With most laws, employers have less difficulty meeting the laws’ mandates as time goes by and they become more familiar with the requirements.

Not so with the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), where lawsuits have multiplied as the law has increasingly fallen out of step with the modern workplace, according to Paul DeCamp, an attorney in the Washington, D.C., area office of Jackson Lewis, and former administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division.