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Doug Clark
CPSC sends a strong warning about furniture tip overs

In a strongly worded letter Feb. 27, the Consumer Products Safety Commission warned furniture retailers not to sell clothing storage units – mostly bedroom dressers – that don’t meet ASTM safety standards.  ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, is a private organization that develops voluntary technical standards for a

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Doug Clark
HFA asks members to push for important tax correction

The Home Furnishings Association is calling on members in eight states to urge their U.S. senators to support an important tax bill.  The legislation, which would fix a drafting error in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, is expected to be introduced in March by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.)

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Senate committee seeks comments about consumer data privacy

Most businesses, including furniture retailers, collect information about shoppers. Now, Congress is considering legislation to regulate the use and protection of consumer data.  The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs is asking for comment to help it craft a possible bill.  “I am particularly interested in what

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Home Furnishings Association asks for ADA website guidance

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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Doug Clark
California disputes federal preemption of truck driver rest-break rules

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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ASTM moves toward a broader tip-over standard

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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Doug Clark
Webinars will help explain new formaldehyde regulations

Two federal agencies are offering webinars to explain new requirements for imported composite wood products and component parts and finished goods that contain formaldehyde. The one-hour webinars are scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern time on Feb. 26 and March 6. Participants should register for the Feb. 26 webinar at here

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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

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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

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