Labor, Safety and Health

HBI Launches Complimentary Online Learning Alternatives

HBI Launches Complimentary Online Learning Alternatives

The coronavirus pandemic continues to challenge all sectors of our economy and our educational systems. HBI, a national leader for career training in the building industry, announced complimentary access to online learning alternatives for local schools and training programs.

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An Economic Update from NAHB’s Chief Economist

An Economic Update from NAHB’s Chief Economist

NAHB chief economist is forecasting an economic downturn in the second and third quarters. If social distancing and virus mitigation efforts are effective, the economy should begin the process of rebounding shortly thereafter.

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A Message from NAHB’s Chair: Working with the White House to Provide Housing Stimulus

A Message from NAHB’s Chair: Working with the White House to Provide Housing Stimulus

With the coronavirus hitting all sectors of the economy, NAHB is working diligently to mitigate its effects on the residential construction sector. In a recent call to the White House, we discussed several strategies to provide needed aid and stimulus to the housing sector in the wake of the coronavirus threat.

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HUD, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Suspend Foreclosures and Evictions

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HUD, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Suspend Foreclosures and Evictions

President Trump announced today that he has directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development to suspend foreclosures and evictions for mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration through the end of April. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will also follow suit and suspend foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days.

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Coronavirus Could Affect OSHA Compliance on Home Building Sites

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on March 17, 2020 1 Comment
Coronavirus Could Affect OSHA Compliance on Home Building Sites

NAHB has identified at least two areas of concern for home builders in the short term during the coronavirus fallout, both related to compliance with OSHA standards: The availability of N95 respirators for those working with respirable silica dust and OSHA reporting standards on injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

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Congress Approves Coronavirus Response Act Requiring Employer-Paid Sick and Medical Leave

Filed in Capitol Hill, Labor, Safety and Health by on March 16, 2020 8 Comments
Congress Approves Coronavirus Response Act Requiring Employer-Paid Sick and Medical Leave

On March 14, the House passed H.R. 6201, the Family First Coronavirus Response Act, which would guarantee free coronavirus testing, establish paid leave for all employees, enhance unemployment insurance, expand food security initiatives and increase federal Medicaid funding. The House updated the bill two days later. The Senate passed the House revision on March 18 and President Trump signed the measure into law.

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Small Businesses Hurt by Coronavirus May Be Eligible for Low-Cost Loans

Small Businesses Hurt by Coronavirus May Be Eligible for Low-Cost Loans

Congress passed an $8.3 billion legislative package on March 4 to help combat the coronavirus. The measure includes a provision that enables the Small Business Administration (SBA) to make an estimated $7 billion in low-cost loans to affected small businesses.

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Business Community Partnership Fuels Construction Career Fair Success

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on March 12, 2020 1 Comment
Business Community Partnership Fuels Construction Career Fair Success

More than 1,500 students in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, participated in skilled trade demos and learned about the residential construction industry during a two-day career event.

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Labor Department Apprenticeship Program Omits Construction Sector

Labor Department Apprenticeship Program Omits Construction Sector

At a time when the residential construction industry is suffering a severe labor shortage, the U.S. Department of Labor today missed an important opportunity when it released its final rule to establish a process to develop industry-recognized apprenticeship programs. The agency specifically exempted the construction sector from taking part in the program.

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Free Webinar on Fall Safety in Roofing April 16

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Free Webinar on Fall Safety in Roofing April 16

Registration is open for a free webinar, Fall Prevention & Protection in the Roofing Industry, conducted by the Center for Construction Research and Training on April 16.

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