Legislative

SBCA created a list of steps that CMs serving the Ohio market can follow to use metal plate connected wood floor trusses in unprotected applications and comply with Section 502.14 of the Ohio building code.

Last Thursday, April 11, 2013, the City of Des Moines (IA) held a public hearing on adoption of the 2012 IBC/IRC building code; one of the primary topics of conversation was Section R501.3.

HHS issued a proposed rule delaying by one year, until 2015, a requirement that government-run health insurance exchanges offer small businesses the opportunity to select among competing plans through SHOPs.

Small-business owners across the U.S. are bracing for the health-care law that kicks in next year, fearing it will increase the cost of providing insurance to employees.

Builders are increasingly noting concerns about the cost and availability of construction labor as demand for housing rises, and  immigrant workers are a significant source of recruits to the construction industry.

Employer representatives have testified before a congressional panel that they support the expansion of the federal government’s E-Verify electronic employment verification system, which experts agree will be a central piece of comprehensive immigration reform.

The nation’s home builders called on Congress to move forward on bipartisan housing finance reform to ensure that affordable housing credit can be delivered through a competitive, efficient, sound and stable system

Sen. Patty Murray has reintroduced the Protecting America’s Workers Act (PAWA) in an effort to strengthen the nation’s occupational safety protections.

Health insurers are privately warning brokers that premiums for many individuals and small businesses could increase sharply next year because of the health-care overhaul law.

Under a proposal announced last week by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., a popular tax deduction for equipment purchases would become permanent.