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New products to star at the National Hardware Show

BY HBSDEALER Staff

When the curtain rises on the 2011 National Hardware Show, attendees will be treated to a steady stream of new product introductions from industry leaders like 3M, Robert Bosch Tool Corp., Char-broil, The Coleman Co., Jarden Safety & Security and many others.

“We are excited not only at the depth of suppliers signed up for the 2011 National Hardware Show, but at the unveiling of new products across all categories,” said Rich Russo, event director, National Hardware Show. “The industry can look forward to seeing some of the most creative solutions imaginable in all segments of the industry.”

This year’s nearly sold-out event — to be held May 10 to 12 in Las Vegas — will showcase innovations in Hardware & Tools, Homewares, Lawn & Garden/Outdoor Living, Paint & Accessories, Plumbing & Electrical, Storage & Organization, and Tailgate/Outdoor Recreation, as well as core product categories being featured in the Show’s International Sourcing area.

There will be four areas devoted to new products at the 2011 Show, including the New Product Launch Spotlight, with a highly visible location in the lobby of the Central Hall. New power tools from SKIL, Ryobi/Ridgid and others, as well as never-before-seen lawn and garden products will be tested in the Handy/Gardening How-To Product Test Shop, which also has exhibitors demonstrating their products in 15-minute slots each afternoon at the Show.

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Lufkin launches new series of Power Tapes

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Sparks, Md.-based Lufkin has launched Hi-Viz 600 Series Power Tapes measuring tools for professional and do-it-yourself projects. The 600 Series Power Tapes are marketed as offering durability and a full-length blade coating for long-lasting markings. A double-riveted end hook with steel reinforcement enhances the tapes’ longevity.

Lufkin is a brand of the Apex Tool Group.

"The new 600 Series Power Tapes are dependable and cost efficient for pros and DIY enthusiasts alike," said Randi Ligon, product manager for Lufkin. "A variety of sizes meet diverse needs and make Lufkin tapes the go-to tape measure in the toolbox and on the tool belt." 

The new 600 Series Power Tapes are available in three lengths: 10 ft., 16 ft. and 25 ft.

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Sitting down on the job: the lawsuit

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Two recent court cases in California, one involving Home Depot and the other 99 Cents Only Stores, have given employees the right to sue their employers for “suitable seating,” according to summaries of the cases published in Mondaq. 

The judicial rulings, issued by the Second District Court of Appeal, allow employees to seek monetary remedies for violations of the Industrial Wage Commission (IWC) orders. These labor codes generally govern minimum wage and overtime requirements but can address other working conditions.  

IWC Wage Order 7-2001 states that all working employees "shall be provided with suitable seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use of seats.” 

In the 99 Cents Only case, a cashier brought a class action suit alleging that the stores failed to provide its cashiers with suitable seating in violation of the labor code. She ultimately won at the Court of Appeal. Her employer asked the California Supreme Court to review the decision, but the petition was denied on Feb. 16, 2011.

In Home Depot vs. Harris, employees of Home Depot filed a lawsuit alleging Home Depot failed to provide seats for employees as required by the Labor Code. Based on the 99 Cent Store case, the Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the employees and their right to monetary remedies. Home Depot is seeking a Supreme Court review, but the high court has already turned down a similar case. 

Both the 99 Cents Only and Home Depot decisions will now allow employees to pursue civil penalties when employers do not meet the “suitable seating” standard. Non-compliance can now trigger $100 for the initial violation and $200 for each pay period where the violation continues for each and every employee who is not provided with suitable seating. Employers can also be sued for attorney’s fees. 

 

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