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Massachusetts governor rejects flame-retardant bill opposed by HFA

The HFA TeamJan 11, 2019
Policy Matters - Government Relations

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker refused to sign a bill restricting the use of 11 flame retardants in some consumer products. The Home Furnishings Association and other business groups opposed the measure. H 5024 was enacted on New Year’s Day in the final hours of the 2018 legislative session. It was

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Olinde’s sells furniture side of business to Dufresne Spencer Group

The HFA TeamJan 11, 2019
Current News,Membership

What started as a casual conversation between two Top 100 retailers 13 months ago culminated this week in longtime Home Furnishings Association member Olinde’s selling its Louisiana furniture empire to Dufresne Spencer Group. The deal includes Olinde’s flagship store in Baton Rouge and another in Lafayette, La., as well as

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Minimum Wages

Minimum wage increases in 19 states

The HFA TeamJan 9, 2019
Policy Matters - Government Relations

The minimum wage increased in 19 states Jan. 1, directly affecting an estimated 5.3 million workers, according to the Economic Policy Institute. The boosts ranged from 5 cents an hour in Alaska to $2 an hour in New York. The average wage for retail trade workers was $16.15 an hour

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Jesús R. Capó leads Home Furnishings Association in 2019

The HFA TeamJan 8, 2019
Current News

Jesús R. Capó, chief information officer for El Dorado Furniture in Miami, Fla., has been named president of the Home Furnishings Association for 2019. The HFA is an association of more than 1,400 home furnishings retailers representing approximately 7,000 storefronts in the United States and Canada. It is based in

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California Tax

Online retailers must pay local sales taxes in California, too

The HFA TeamJan 7, 2019
Policy Matters - Government Relations

Online retailers that sell to California customers must collect sales taxes beginning April 1 – and not only for the state. They also must collect and remit sales taxes for individual districts in which their total annual sales exceed $100,000 or separate transactions number 200 or more. California will begin

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