Labor, Safety and Health

NAHB Podcast Offers New Insights on Housing Economics

NAHB Podcast Offers New Insights on Housing Economics

On this week’s episode of Housing Developments, NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz shares his 2019 economic forecast for the industry and what the recent change in the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index means for builders.

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and guest host Paul Lopez, VP of Communications & Public Affairs, also discuss Mark Calabria’s confirmation as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, housing finance reform and the state of the labor force.

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OSHA’s Use of Drones: What Builders Need to Know

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on April 17, 2019 7 Comments
OSHA’s Use of Drones: What Builders Need to Know

OSHA has allowed the use of drones at jobsites for limited purposes. But the potential for OSHA to use drones in enforcement activities has raised concerns from home builders and other contractors.

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Join the Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on April 8, 2019 0 Comments
Join the Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

NAHB is once again partnering with OSHA to encourage home builders to participate in its National Safety Stand-Down for fall prevention in construction, May 6-10, 2019. 

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Labor Department Announces Proposed Rule to Clarify Joint Employer Status

Labor Department Announces Proposed Rule to Clarify Joint Employer Status

The Labor Department today announced a proposed rule to provide a clearer methodology for determining joint employer status. The proposal is meant to provide employers clarity and certainty regarding their responsibility to pay federal minimum wage and overtime for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek.

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Builders Report Labor Shortages as Top Challenge in 2019

Filed in Economics, Labor, Safety and Health by on March 22, 2019 21 Comments
Builders Report Labor Shortages as Top Challenge in 2019

More than four out of five builders expect to face serious challenges regarding the cost and availability of labor in 2019, according to a recent survey of members that ran in the monthly NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.

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SBA to Hold Three Roundtables on New Overtime Rule Proposal

SBA to Hold Three Roundtables on New Overtime Rule Proposal

The U.S. Small Business Administration will be hosting three roundtables in April to discuss the Department of Labor’s new proposed Overtime Regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. NAHB members and other small businesses are encouraged to participate to express their views on the proposal.

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Inaugural Safety Zone at IBS a Huge Success for Attendees and Exhibitors

Inaugural Safety Zone at IBS a Huge Success for Attendees and Exhibitors

The first ever Jobsite Safety Zone at the International Builders’ Show held last month in Las Vegas was a tremendous success for exhibitors, attendees and NAHB alike. Plans are in the works to bring back, and even expand, the Safety Zone in 2020.

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Local Outreach Key to Addressing Labor Shortage

Local Outreach Key to Addressing Labor Shortage

Labor shortages are the most widespread challenge builders expect to face in 2019, according to the latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index analysis. The building industry can inspire the next generation of construction workers by discussing jobs and careers paths in their local communities.

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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Help Ease Labor Shortages

Filed in Capitol Hill, Labor, Safety and Health by on March 14, 2019 2 Comments
Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Help Ease Labor Shortages

Reps. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.) and Francis Rooney (R-Pa.) have introduced the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act, legislation that would help alleviate the worker shortage in the construction industry.

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Understand the Dangers and Proper Use of Chemicals

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on March 12, 2019 0 Comments
Understand the Dangers and Proper Use of Chemicals

Chemicals such as glues, solvents, paints and pressurized gases are commonly used in the home building process. But they can be hazardous to individuals when not used properly. NAHB’s most recent video toolbox talk provides some guidance.

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