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NARI needs stories about availability of credit

As outlined in NARI’s 2013-14 legislative priorities, NARI is concerned about the lack of access to financing and credit available to your consumers. NARI is working with a coalition that includes the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) to educate legislators and regulators on how provisions of the … Continue reading

What are you doing to remodel workforce development?

Peter Pagenstecher, CR, president of Pagenstecher Group Inc., based in Kensington, Md., believes the remodeling industry is facing major challenges because of a depleted skilled workforce. “By and large, there is a diminishing number of qualified tradespeople in our industry, and we need to be reaching out to younger generations to expose them to this … Continue reading

A look ahead from NARI Lobbyist

A look ahead from NARI Lobbyist 2013 will be a busy year for NARI in Washington D.C.  Fiscal issues will continue to dominate debate on Capitol Hill in the wake of the “taxmageddon” negotiations that marked the end of the 112th Congress.  America’s struggle to work its way out of a recession will translate into … Continue reading

Voluntarily providing health coverage: 4 scenarios

According to the October 2011 NARI Member Profile Study, 53% of NARI member companies provide group health-care insurance to their employees. As a business owner, providing health insurance to employees up until this point has been a personal business decision, and for most NARI companies that are small businesses, it continues to be. If an … Continue reading

The Essential Plan

All plans must have essential items under the mandate, but coverage levels can be determined by the employer—Bronze level 60%, Silver level 70%, Gold level 80% and Platinum levels 80%. Each level corresponds with how much of the plan cost will be covers by the employer. Right now minimum benefits required include ambulatory patient services; … Continue reading

EPA postpones LRRP for commercial work

On August 24, 2009, EPA entered into a settlement agreement with several litigants that challenged the 2008 Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule. Under this agreement, EPA agreed to sign a proposal to regulate renovations of public and commercial buildings by September 14, 2012) and to take final action by February 15, 2014. On September 7, … Continue reading

Don’t get fined by OSHA

In light of the recent announcement by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) that it will provide another three-month extension on the enforcement of federal fall protection guidelines (the new date is Dec. 12, 2012),  it’s time to remind those in the remodeling industry how to avoid getting fined by OSHA. Outside of the … Continue reading