"Association Maximization, the blog and e-newsletter" was created to help members of The National Association of Home Builders with professional growth, gain a better understanding of their HBA investment and maximize the return. This blog is for established members, new members and for non-members to demonstrate the reasons why investment in membership could help with professional growth. Some topics will also focus on other areas within the builders industry in general.
April 30, 2017
NAHB: Your Association in Action
NAHB Helps to
Roll Back Onerous OSHA Regulations
·At NAHB’s urging, Congress has passed a bill to force
OSHA to reverse a recent record keeping rule that would harm small employers.
·OSHA’s so-called “Volks rule” would have changed the
statute of limitations on citations for record keeping violations from six
months to five years.
·In other words, small businesses could have been cited
for alleged recordkeeping violations for more than five years after they
·NAHB led the charge for Congress to roll back this
regulatory overreach and President Trump signed the bill into law.
·As a result, OSHA’s illegitimate new rule will simply go
away. What’s more, because of the unique legislative approach used to do away
with the rule, the agency is prevented in the future from issuing a similar
rule unless Congress tells it to do so.
·This action means record keeping requirements revert back
to the original law – OSHA can still issue a record keeping citation up to six
months after the violation occurred.
·And employers will still have the same obligation to
record injuries as they always had.
·But the agency will no longer be able to play “gotcha” by
issuing a citation five years after the occurrence.
·The OSHA victory shows that part of the value of NAHB
membership is to gain access to the highest levels of government to fight for
the interests of our industry.
·Here are other recent examples of your association in
·NAHB Senior Officers on March 29 held a productive
meeting with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to seek
ways to make regulations more cost-effective without undermining their intent.
·Discussions focused on several key issues for the
home building community, including the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, lead
paint and stormwater regulation.
·NAHB called on EPA to consider the impact of federal
regulations on existing state and local government requirements, as well as on
·As EPA carries out President Trump’s regulatory
streamlining directives, NAHB also urged the agency to focus not only on new
rules but also on opportunities to revoke or revise existing ones.
·The House on March 22 approved the Small Business Health
Fairness Act (H.R. 1101), association health plan legislation that would put
small businesses on an equal footing with large employers and unions when it comes
to negotiating lower insurance costs.
·Of note to the home building community, the bill includes
an amendment which clarifies that small businesses that have already
established and administer association health plans, including some HBAs, can
continue to operate under existing state and federal law.
·NAHB has been a long-time proponent of association health
plans and continues to work with Congress to ensure that this market-based
health care option remains a viable alternative for small businesses and their