Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius

The 10th United States Circuit Court of Appeals has recently made a decision pertaining to one of the branches of litigation sprung from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.  The Court found that for-profit corporations may be exempt from providing contraception coverage to employees, as is required by Obamacare.  This is because of…

OSHA teams with National Weather Service to protect outdoor workers from heat-related illnesses

OSHA and the NOAA Weather Service are teaming up again to prevent heat-related deaths and illnesses. Record-breaking heat the past two years has exacerbated heat-related injuries and fatalities in outdoor workers. With the peak of summer heat beginning, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels and NOAA’s National Weather Service…

construction sites stand down to prevent falls

OSHA’s Chicago area offices partnered with the Builders Association, Construction Safety Council, the Chicago Area Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust, construction contractors and other safety and health organizations to sponsor safety stand down on June 12. At 70 construction sites across the Chicago area, 1,500 workers ceased work for about 30 minutes to receive focused…

NRCA issues Action Alert

The Senate has approved immigration reform legislation (S. 744) that, though positive in many ways, effectively excludes construction employers from participating in a new temporary worker program created by the bill. The Senate bill restricts the number of visas allocated to the construction industry to a maximum of 15,000 annually nationwide; employers in other industries…

OSHA Announces program to protect workers from isocyanate exposure

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a new national emphasis program (NEP) to protect workers from serious health effects caused by occupational exposure to isocyanates. OSHA develops NEPs to focus outreach efforts and inspections on specific hazards in an industry for a three-year period. Through this NEP, OSHA will make efforts to…

NRCA issues statement regarding immigration reform legislation

NRCA has released a statement commending the Senate’s recent approval of the bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). NRCA supports a temporary worker program that is governed by market forces, protects U.S. workers and enables employers to obtain the workers needed to grow their businesses. NRCA believes the basic construct…

Appellate Court Withdrew Earlier Opinion

Suzlon Energy v. Ventus De Nicaragua, S. A., 38 Fla. L. Weekly D1369a, Case No. 3D11-1087, filed June 19, 2013: Granting a Motion for Rehearing, the appellate court WITHDEW its earlier opinion reported at 38 Fla. L. Weekly D304a, and affirmed the trial court’s order confirming the arbitration award in favor of Venus. (From RPPTL…

The center for environmental Innovation in Roofing offers a free webinar about scoring RoofPoint™ projects

The Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing will hold a free webinar, Scoring RoofPoint Projects, July 25 at 1 p.m. EST. The webinar is the second in a two-part series presented by RoofPoint; the first part, Submitting RoofPoint Projects, will be held July 18. Scoring RoofPoint Projects will provide a detailed review of the RoofPoint…

Summary Judgment Entered in Favor of Roofing Supplier

GMT Construction, Inc. and Ronald A. Smith v. Gulfside Supply, Inc., 38 Fla. L. Weekly D1315a, Case No. 3D12-732, filed June 12, 2013: Summary judgment entered in favor of roofing supplier against roofing contractor was REVERSED and REMANDED based on disputed evidence of materials facts regarding supplier’s manager knowledge that contractor was unaware of purchase,…

Complying With I-9 Requirements

Minimal progress has been made in recent years about an issue clearly important to the roofing industry – immigration.  Roofing workers are scarce, and without a reliable source of workers, many contractors are faced with the risks of hiring undocumented workers. The Immigration reform and Control Act requires employers to verify employees’’ identities and employment…

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