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Legislative outlook for August recess

As Congress is home for August recess, NLBMDA provides a legislative outlook for items that need to be resolved as we approach the end of the fiscal year.

Affordable housing and GSE reform: Can Congress get anything done?

Over the past several years, Congress has tried to enact legislation to reform the federal housing finance system but has not been successful. In...

Tariffs, USMCA and lumber: Trade policy heats up

There has been a lot of activity over the past few months on trade and tariff issues with Congress and business groups weighing in...

Department of Labor revisits overtime eligibility

The Department of Labor (DOL) released a proposed update to overtime eligibility. As proposed, the salary level under which full-time salaried “white collar” employees...

New OSHA requirements for crane operators

Last fall, the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced it was finalizing changes to the certification requirements for crane operators established in...

NLBMDA releases 2019 National Policy Agenda

NLBMDA has released its National Policy Agenda for 2019 as Capitol Hill returns to a divided government. Democrats now have the majority in the...

2019 ushers in a return to divided government

Following two years in which Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress and the White House, the next two years are expected to be more...

Elections matter. Encourage your employees to vote

Midterm elections always have lower turnout than in presidential years. Not since 1998 has a midterm election had voter turnout above 50% of all...

Skills gap highlights the need for workforce development

For the first time since the federal government began tracking the data in 2000, in March and April 2018, the number of job openings...

U.S. trade policy increasingly relevant for dealers

As a candidate, President Donald Trump made trade policy a major part of his campaign and vowed to make trade agreements that were more...

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