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Chris Andresen
New Year, Continuing Legislative Issues

Build Back Better Congressional Democrats and the White House spent the last several months of 2021 working to enact President Biden’s signature legislative priority, the Build Back Better Act. This proposed legislative piece is key to advancing the Administration’s economic recovery agenda. The House passed its version before Thanksgiving in

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Mark Schumacher
The Game-Changer – Can you hear us now?

When I look at 2021 through the lens of advocacy, I must tell you that it was a game-changer for our industry and the home furnishings association. That’s something I say on many different levels. First, the sheer volume of issues we weighed in on, the positions we presented, and

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Jonathan Schulman
From 30,000 feet – a lesson in extraordinary service

I’ll spare you the run-up to how we wound up in Switzerland over the Thanksgiving holiday. Still, my family and I traded in a night of indigestion and a Black Friday hangover for a hop over the pond to do some skiing and see some friends that live in Basel.

2022 HFA Retailer of the Year nominations open announcement
Home Furnishings Association
HFA’s 2022 Retailer of the Year Awards nominations are open

We’re looking for a few good retailers – really exceptional retailers. The Home Furnishings Association is accepting nominations for its 2022 Retailer of the Year, Trailblazer, Emerging Star, and Partner of the Year awards. The annual recognitions honor the best and brightest furniture retailers in the industry and are a much-anticipated

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ProtectALL
ProtectALL Makes Things Easier For You

ProtectALL is happy to be an HFA Solution Partner and offer HFA members and their customers a wide range of warranty coverage plans. ProtectALL was founded in 1988 as a specialty bedding sheet producer and has evolved into a leader and innovator in the bedding and product protection plan industries.

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Mark Schumacher
HFA working on your behalf

These are unprecedented times for everyone, and specifically our industry. The customer journey is a bumpy one, thanks to COVID, and it will be quite a while before it smooths out. We have been asked by HFA members, small and large, how the association can directly speak to customers to

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Chris Andresen
Bipartisan infrastructure investment package is positive for retailers

August is not a typically busy month for federal policymakers. However, this August has laid the groundwork for potentially significant and generational legislative victories for President Biden and congressional Democrats. Just this week, the Senate passed a bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure investment package in a strong vote of 69-30. Following

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Chris Andresen
Protection from COVID-19 in the workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the Department of Labor recently released its long-anticipated Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on ‘Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace.’ Labor Secretary Marty Walsh led this effort while President Biden’s nominee for OSHA Administrator, Doug Parker, is still working

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David Gunn
Hiring challenges don’t mean lowering your standards

Today’s hiring challenges What would you say is your biggest challenge in 2021? Up until recently, I think most of us would have said it was the broken supply chain. But for many of us, that has changed to the hiring challenges of finding and keeping quality employees. No, scratch

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Chris Andresen
More chemical regulations for furniture manufacturing

The furniture industry is no stranger to regulation – we have adapted to comply with hundreds of state and federal regulations. But despite political gridlock at the federal level often slowing down legislative and regulatory efforts, more chemical regulations for furniture manufacturing are on the way. Aggressive regulatory efforts have

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