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Home Furnishings Association asks for ADA website guidance

The HFA TeamFeb 27, 2019
Current News,Policy Matters - Government Relations

The Home Furnishings Association has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to set guidelines for commercial website compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  In a letter to Eric S. Dreiband, the assistant attorney general who heads the Civil Rights Division, HFA CEO Sharron L. Bradley noted that businesses are

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It’s settled: The state, not cities, sets the minimum wage everywhere in Florida

The HFA TeamFeb 26, 2019
Policy Matters - Government Relations

The Florida Supreme Court has ended an effort by Miami Beach to raise its citywide minimum wage above the state level.  In a 5-2 decision released Feb. 6, the court declined to hear an appeal from a lower-court ruling against the city. The high court had agreed last year to

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California disputes federal preemption of truck driver rest-break rules

Doug ClarkFeb 25, 2019
Current News,Policy Matters - Government Relations

California has challenged a federal agency’s right to preempt rest-break rules for truck drivers. “It is well within a state’s rights to establish standards for the welfare of our workers,” state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a news release. “Truck drivers, like every other person protected under California’s labor laws

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Residential furniture orders continue to grow, Smith Leonard reports

The HFA TeamFeb 21, 2019
Current News

Orders for residential furniture through November 2018 remained 6 percent ahead of 2017, according to the latest survey released by Smith Leonard. The High Point, N.C., accounting and consulting firm includes a furniture practice group headed by partner Ken Smith.   “Based on recent conversations, we had expected to see a

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ASTM moves toward a broader tip-over standard

The HFA TeamFeb 21, 2019
Policy Matters - Government Relations

A voluntary safety standard meant to prevent accidental tip-overs may cover more furniture soon. The ASTM International’s Furniture Safety Subcommittee recently recommended that safety standards should apply to furniture clothing storage units 27 inches high and taller, a drop from 30 inches. The proposal next must be considered by the

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