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President re-nominates Buerkle to chair CPSC

The HFA TeamFeb 12, 2019
Current News,Policy Matters - Government Relations

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


California employers must provide sexual harassment training in 2019

The HFA TeamFeb 11, 2019
Current News,Policy Matters - Government Relations

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


HOM Furniture honors GTR Leather, and rep Rutzick

Robert BellFeb 5, 2019
Current News,Shop Talk

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.


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

The HFA TeamFeb 5, 2019
Current News,Policy Matters - Government Relations

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

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

The HFA TeamFeb 4, 2019
Policy Matters - Government Relations

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

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