Policy Matters

Rick Howard
Home Furnishings Association
HFA government advocacy update: Florida retailers want tax fairness

Featured Story | Political Update | Retailer News Watch | State Reports HFA members in Florida want tax fairness Home Furnishings Association members in Florida are still looking for tax fairness. Florida is one of only two sales-tax states – the other is Missouri – that doesn’t require remote online vendors

Photo shows Scott Whittier with a dresser with demonstration weight
Doug Clark
Whittier urges retailers to address furniture safety

Scott Whittier does not mince words. “I love kids. The last thing I want to do is kill one,” the president and CEO of Whittier Wood Furniture said in his showroom at High Point Market. He urges furniture retailers to make sure they don’t kill children, either, but he fears

Matt Schultz
Doug Clark
Tax fix bills benefiting retailers gain support

Legislation aimed at fixing a tax glitch that affects Home Furnishings Association members has gained support from majorities of U.S. House and Senate members. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) was the co-author of Senate Bill 803, the Restoring Investments in Improvements Act. A news release from his office explained: “The Tax Cuts

Image shows a safety sticker on a dresser drawer
Doug Clark
Harper’s Law takes effect in New York

Harper’s Law takes effect Oct. 12 in New York State, putting greater responsibility for furniture safety on retailers there. Under this law, retailers may not sell new clothing storage units that don’t comply with ASTM’s stability standards. In addition, they must display, keep in stock and offer for sale tip-restraint

Trade barriers suppress economic growth
Doug Clark
Don’t increase tariffs, HFA asks

Higher tariffs are set to take effect Oct. 15. The Home Furnishings Association submitted comments asking the government to change course. “The Home Furnishings Association fully supports the administration’s objectives in reaching a comprehensive trade agreement with China, but we do not agree that tariffs should be a negotiating tool,”

From left, Jameson Dion, Chris Fox and Greg Crowley lead a discussion on furniture safety moderated by Doug Clark
Home Furnishings Association
HFA government advocacy update: Take the lead on safety

Take the lead on safety, HFA members tell industry Three retailers of different sizes shared a common message at a Regulatory Summit on the furniture industry’s tip-over issue: Don’t wait for regulators to tell you how to do what’s right – take the lead yourself. “The issue isn’t going away,”

Furniture safety summit
Doug Clark
Safety stands out at furniture summit

The failure to talk enough about safety is “an incredible oversight for our industry,” Pat Bowling, vice president of communications for the American Home Furnishings Alliance, said at the organization’s Regulatory Summit Oct. 3. AHFA will work to remedy the problem, she vowed. AHFA is an association of leading furniture

A brown chest and white chest
Doug Clark
Tip-over risk prompts another recall

The risk of tip-over accidents prompted another  recall,  the Consumer Products Safety Commission said Sept. 25. The order covers three-drawer chests imported by Home Meridian International. “The recalled chests are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death

A truck driver records his hours on an electronic logging device
Doug Clark
HFA supports Hours of Service revised rules

The Home Furnishings Association has submitted comments supporting revised Hours of Service regulations for truck drivers who haul furniture and other goods. HFA members “rely on the safe and efficient movement of goods across our country, from ports and factories to retail stores and warehouses and finally to customers’ homes,”

Consumer Products Safety commissioners
Doug Clark
Leadership changes could slow CPSC furniture action

A significant and surprising leadership change is coming to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) at a critical time. Commissioners voted 3-2 Sept. 13 to elevate Robert Adler to the post of vice chairman. That puts him in line to follow Ann Marie Buerkle as acting chairman when she steps

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