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Doug Clark
Error in tax-cut bill could harm HFA members

Sen. Doug Jones (above), the Democrat who upset Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s 2017 special election, didn’t take his seat in time to vote for or against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. But he does want to fix it. There have been plenty of political arguments about the effect of the tax cuts, Republicans’ signature legislative accomplishment during the Trump administration. But there’s no dispute about a provision that all but wiped out a tax break for businesses like furniture retailers that expand or renovate their property: It was a screw-up. The bill writers meant to create a better

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Ann Marie Buerkle
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Doug Clark
President re-nominates Buerkle to chair CPSC

President Donald Trump in January re-nominated Ann Marie Buerkle to serve as chair of the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Buerkle, a former member of Congress from New York State, has served on the CPSC since 2013 and has been acting chair since February 2017. Later that year, Trump formally nominated her for that post, but the Senate never acted to confirm her. “The business community has been very supportive of Ms. Buerkle’s nomination,” the National Law Review reported Jan. 24. “As Acting Chair, Buerkle has worked hard to secure funding for the agency and has shown a relatively light hand

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Home Furnishings Association
California employers must provide sexual harassment training in 2019

The clock is ticking for most California employers to provide sexual harassment training for employees. The Golden State enacted several new laws covering sexual harassment in the workplace during 2018. The most sweeping requires businesses with five or more employees to conduct at least two hours of training for supervisors before Jan. 1, 2020, and at least one hour for other workers. This training subsequently must be administered for new hires within six months of their starting date and must be renewed every two years for all employees. The law, SB 1343, specifies “classroom or other effective interactive training and

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Robert Bell
HOM Furniture honors GTR Leather, and rep Rutzick

HFA member HOM Furniture of Coon Rapids, Minn., announced its 2018 Vendor of the Year and Manufacturer’s Representative of the Year awards this month. Kyle Johansen, Executive Director of Merchandising for HOM Furniture, presented the 2018 Vendor of the Year award to GTR Leather owners Peter Robinson and Christopher Thorpe. “The team at GTR has an inspirational passion for their products which comes through by the beautifully designed upholstery they are producing,” Johansen said. “Their attention to detail with every nail, stitch, and cover application allows HOM to provide the finest leather upholstery in the marketplace at a superior value

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Home Furnishings Association
Business websites must comply with the ADA, federal appeals court rules

A pizza company’s website must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a federal appeals court ruled Jan. 15. Furniture retailers likely would be subject to the same requirement. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco reversed a lower court decision in Robles v. Domino’s Pizza. The plaintiff, who is blind, sued because he was unable to use the company’s website and mobile app to place orders and obtain online-only discounts. The ADA, enacted in 1990, requires places of public accommodation to provide access to people with disabilities. In its most obvious application,

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Doug Clark
Texas exempts remote retailers’ first $500,000 in annual sales from tax liability

Texas has set the nation’s highest “safe harbor” threshold for remote online sales. “If in the preceding 12 calendar months, a remote seller’s total Texas revenue from the sale of tangible personal property is less than $500,000, the seller is not required to collect and remit sales tax,” the Sales Tax Institute reports. The remote sales-tax rule established by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts took effect Jan. 1 but won’t be enforced until Oct. 1, 2019. Once a seller exceeds the $500,000 threshold, it must obtain a permit and begin collecting sales taxes within four months. Texas is one

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