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Judge strikes down overtime rule

BY HBSDealer Staff

Declaring a “win for lumber dealers,” the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association applauded a court decision that struck down a rule that intended to expand overtime eligibility.

Currently, employees with salary levels under $455 per week qualify for overtime pay. Under the Obama-era rule set to take effect Dec. 1, employers would have been forced to pay overtime for salaried employees making up to $913 per week, or $47,476 annually.

The rule was put on hold last November by the same judge who struck down the rule on Aug. 31 — Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

The NLBMDA described the move as a clear victory for lumber dealers.

"The decision is a victory for lumber dealers allowing them to provide increased flexibility and career opportunities for their employees," said Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President and CEO. "NLBMDA looks forward to working with DOL on a new rulemaking that updates the salary threshold for overtime eligibility."

In issuing his ruling, Judge Mazzant ruled that the Department of Labor (DOL) put too much emphasis on salaries in determining overtime pay and did not adequately consider an employee's regular duties. "The department creates a final rule that makes overtime status depend predominately on a minimum salary level, thereby supplanting an analysis of an employee's job duties," noted Judge Mazzant in his written opinion. "Because the final rule would exclude so many employees who perform exempt duties, the department fails to carry out Congress's unambiguous intent."

The rule would have expanded overtime eligibility to an estimated 4 million workers.

A broad coalition of business groups, and 21 states, had challenged the rule on the grounds that DOL exceeded its authority by raising the salary threshold too much and providing automatic updates to the threshold without stakeholder input. 

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Read and Respond: Forklift Accidents

BY HBSDealer Staff

Don’t be fooled by the slapstick nature of the videos below. Forklift accidents are dangerous and deadly. And they’re way too common.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there were 85 fatalities related to forklift accidents in 2015. In that same year, there were 96,785 accidents — almost 35,000 of which resulted in serious injury.  

Also according to OSHA, 70% of all forklift accidents could be avoided with proper training and the proper policies in place.

The following videos represent some of the milder violence that is available to anyone who has a few minutes to type “forklift accident” into a popular search engine.

Tell us which example is most similar to something you’ve seen in your career — either a near-miss, or a full-fledged accident. Let us know at [email protected], or vote in our poll below.
 

Imbalanced Load

Forklift Accident Video by netwrok
 

Over the Cliff

ForkLift Accident by dmars72
 

Bringing Down the Warehouse

Forklift Accident Brings Down a Warehouse in Russia by bartas112233
 

Tight Spaces

Forklift Accidents by chrisdes1
 

Fender Bender

Forklift Accident – watch where you are going! by chrisdes1
 

Human Projectile

Top 10 Forklift Accidents from Mitsubishi Forklift Briefing by Victor Sarwinski

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Which of these examples is most similar to something you’ve seen in your career?

Imbalanced Load
Over the Cliff
Bringing Down the Warehouse
Tight Spaces
Fender Bender
Human Projectile

Survey Maker

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jeld-Wen acquires MMI Door

BY HBSDealer Staff

Jeld-Wen Holding acquired Milliken Millwork – or MMI Door — a Midwestern provider of doors and related value-added services. Founded in 1953, MMI Door supports distributors, dealers, and home centers with a broad product range of interior, exterior, and patio doors and strong capabilities in complete door systems and customized products.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Mark Beck, president and CEO of Jeld-Wen described the deal this way: “MMI Door is an innovator and leader in providing comprehensive door systems and value-added services. The acquisition of MMI Door aligns perfectly with our strategy and supports our commitment to being the best door solutions provider in the market.”

He continued: “MMI Door’s capabilities in customizable configurations, specialized component offerings, and multiple finishing options complement our North America door business and allow us to improve service offerings and lead times to our channel partners. We welcome the entire MMI Door team to the Jeld-Wen family.”

JELD-WEN has been a long-time supplier of door products to MMI Door. MMI Door was privately held by third-generation family members of the founder.

Based on MMI Door’s results for the twelve months ended July 31, 2017, the acquisition adds incremental net revenues to Jeld-Wen of approximately $90 million.

MMI Door is JELD-WEN’s eighth acquisition in the last two years, and the third in North America during that period. 

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