Out-of-sight product for pocket doors
Von Morris, a brand from Pennsauken, New Jersey-based by Eric Morris & Company, rolled out a new series of concealed mount pocket door hardware locks. The new product expands the company’s pocket door hardware category.
The new designs, as with the entire Von Morris pocket door lock collection, include a spring-loaded edge pull that pops out and prevents the common design flaw of having the edge pull button right below the edge pull — which tends to allow the edge pull to pop out and hit your thumb just between the fingernail and first knuckle, the company explained.
Eric D. Morris, principal designer and owner of Von Morris, described the new product as inspired by the “finely-tuned, precisely engineered mechanisms originally invented in the late 1880’s by some of the best vintage lock companies in the world.”
The strike plate has a spring loaded trap door; a dust proof strike detail that provides a clean appearance, the company said.
The new Von Morris concealed mount pocket door lock is available in three contemporary trim styles and is stocked in four finishes, but can be special ordered in any of 33 finish options.
Regulatory Wrap Up: From Wages to Wage Theft
Overtime Regulations – This week the Labor Department edged closer to dismantling an Obama-era overtime regulation that has been in limbo for months due to a court injunction. The department sent a formal request for information on the rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and will then open it up for public comment. Many view this as a first step in the process to rescind and replace the rule.
California – A state overtime pay bill that matches the salary threshold of the Obama administration’s overtime regulation at $47,476 passed out of the Senate Labor Committee and moves on to Appropriations. New York recently instituted an overtime rate at a similar level.
Delaware – Senate leadership announced they will not schedule a vote on the minimum wage increase during the last week of session, effectively killing the legislation.
Illinois – The bill to raise the state minimum wage to $15/hr by 2022 finally reached the governor’s desk but it is still unclear whether or not he will sign it. In an effort to assuage the business community, the bill includes a tax rebate for companies with 50 or fewer employees, expiring in 2025. The governor has signaled a willingness to increase the minimum wage but at a lower rate. The well-timed move by the legislature comes just days before a $15/hr wage ordinance takes effect in Cook County, IL. More than two-thirds of localities within the county have already opted out of the law.
Maine – The governor signed a bill restoring the tip credit that voters chose to eliminate as part of a minimum wage ballot initiative passed last November.
Minneapolis – By an 11-1 vote, the City Council passed legislation increasing the minimum wage to $15/hr over five years, with a compliance date of 2024 smaller businesses.
Seattle, WA – A new University of Washington study commissioned by the city details the negative impact of Seattle’s minimum wage rate. The research and report is considered highly credible by economists. The findings were based on the previous year when the wage rate escalated to $13/hr and found the minimum wage increase boosted worker pay by three percent but also led to a nine percent reduction in hours worked (a loss of about $125 per month). Entry-level jobs also declined by 6.8 percent, or by more than 5,000 positions.
Cook County, IL – Municipalities continue to opt out of the Cook County minimum wage and paid leave mandate ahead of the July 1 implementation date. More than two-thirds of Cook County’s 134 municipalities have opted out.
Los Angeles, CA – The city’s Office of Wage Standards and the city attorney announced $1.45 million in fines and back wages assessed to CKE Restaurants (Carl’s Jr.) for allegedly failing to pay several workers the city’s $10.50/hr minimum wage.
New Jersey – Legislation that would increase the amount of paid family leave workers can take in New Jersey passed the legislature and has gone to Governor Christie’s desk. It is unclear whether he will sign or veto the legislation. The expanded benefit would provide workers up to 12 weeks of paid family leave at 90 percent of their weekly pay, which would be covered by an existing state fund to which all workers in New Jersey already contribute.
Oregon – The House passed, in a bipartisan manner, a compromise scheduling bill this week following passage in the Senate last week. The governor is expected to sign the bill into law. Oregon will become the first state to enact a restrictive scheduling mandate and the bill will likely become the national model. The requirement applies to “chains” that employ at least 500 employees worldwide. Primary components of the legislation include: seven days advanced notice for the first three years and 14 days beginning in 2020 with one hour of penalty pay for changes; a rest period of at least ten hours between employee shifts; employers may use the “voluntary standby list” to address unanticipated customer needs or unexpected employee absences without penalty pay, and; a permanent, statewide preemption of all local government scheduling mandates. The law will be enforced by the state labor department with a narrow private right of action for retaliation.
Chicago, IL – The City Council proposed a scheduling ordinance modeled after other jurisdictions like San Francisco and Seattle. The legislation includes two weeks advance notice for schedules, predictability pay, a ban on “clopening” and a requirement to offer additional hours to part-time workers before hiring new workers. A timeline of legislative action has not been specified.
Emeryville, CA – The city has set a new timeline for enforcement of its new scheduling mandate. The “soft” effective date of July 1, 2017 is still in effect, however operators will not be penalized for non-compliance during the soft rollout period. The implementing regulations are still under consideration and the city council recently set a new timeline for both comments and enforcement. The comment period was extended to July 31 with a “full” effective date of January 1, 2018. The scheduling ordinance, passed in 2016, applies to entities with 56 or more employees globally. It includes two weeks advance notice for schedules, predictability pay and an requirement to offer additional hours to part time workers before hiring new workers.
NLRB Nomination – President Trump nominated William Emanuel for a seat on the National Labor Relations Board. Emanuel is a partner at management-side law firm Littler Mendelson. He has extensive experience working with Members of Congress, major trade groups from an array of industries and represented employers many times before the Board.
EEOC Nomination – President Trump will nominate Janet Dhillon for a seat to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a five-year term expiring on July 1, 2022. Dhillon is currently executive vice president of Burlington Stores, and has held executive and senior roles with J.C. Penney Company and U.S. Airways Group.
Chicago, IL – The Illinois Retail Merchants Association filed a lawsuit against the city alleging the sweetened beverage tax is unconstitutional and too vague to implement. A judge will rule today on a temporary delay of the rule which is scheduled to go into effect tomorrow, July 1.
Better Care Act – Senate Republican leadership unveiled the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 which is the bill designed to repeal and replace portions of Obamacare. The Senate version is slightly different than the House’s American Health Care Act of 2017 which was passed in early May. The Senate bill would maintain current Medicaid funding levels until 2020, and then phase them down over three years. The bill zeroes out the employer and individual mandate tax penalties, and retains the House’s new employer reporting system which allows for more flexibility for employers. The bill does not address the 30-hour work week nor the IRS reporting requirements. Despite President Trump’s statement of support, multiple conservative and moderate Republican Senators have said they cannot support the bill in its current form. Despite leadership’s desire to vote on the bill prior to the July 4 recess, they announced it would not take place until later this summer signaling that they do not have the required 50 votes to pass.
• The University of Washington minimum wage study, which was commissioned not by the labor or business communities but by the city of Seattle itself, immediately reframes the minimum wage conversation. Labor-friendly elected officials, think tanks and advocates will ignore it and continue pushing a $15 minimum wage, and they will likely still have success in some jurisdictions, but the headwinds that the Fight for $15 movement has encountered in jurisdictions outside of CA and NY will only intensify as a result of the study. If more “credible” studies follow that reach a similar conclusion, it could reset the minimum wage conversation for the coming decades.
• Operators should take note that it was the City of Los Angeles, not the U.S. Department of Labor or the California Department of Labor, that fined CKE restaurants $1.45 million in penalties and back wages for “wage theft.” Not only may companies face another layer of compliance on wage and hour issues in some jurisdictions, but these types of enforcement actions can serious impugn a brand’s reputation within that city but could lead to new legislative or regulatory proposals aimed directly at the company or industry, and policy challenges, and impact companies ability to effectively manage their brand.
• The Senate healthcare saga is not only threatening to derail any real meaningful changes in the Affordable Care Act, it is creating political fissures within the Republican caucus that could threaten other pieces of the agenda important to retail and restaurant operators. As healthcare reform is widely viewed as the necessary precursor to comprehensive tax reform, that important policy initiative could be threatened as well. Companies should use the July recess time to pressure lawmakers to find a healthcare solution.
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