Regulatory

  • 06.06.19

    PHCC—National Association Responds to Governor’s Potential Two-Year Extension of Texas State Licensing Board

    The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association today extended thanks to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for hearing the cries of the plumbing industry and those it serves after the governor issued a positive message indicating he most likely would give the Texas state licensing board a two-year extension. The organization issued the following statement: “The plumbers across the nation are …

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  • 04.04.19

    Advocacy News

    Federal Judge Blocks Expanded Access to Association Health Plans

    U.S. District Judge John Bates in Washington, D.C., ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in an Association Health Plan (AHP) lawsuit filed by 12 states who claimed that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) exceeded its statutory authority in a rulemaking that opened up opportunities for multi-employer AHPs.

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  • 02.12.19

    2019 State of the Union Analysis

    In his second State of the Union address, President Trump called for compromise and national unity--on his terms--as he addressed a joint session of Congress.

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  • 01.24.19

    Advocacy News

    OSHA Announces Increased Fines

    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it will increase penalties in 2019 after publication in the Federal Register. The “Serious Other-Than-Serious Posting Requirements” penalty increases from $12,934 to $13,260.

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  • 01.24.19

    Advocacy News

    Industry Weighs in on DOE Standards

    Two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) rulemakings will soon close public comment periods. These proposals would change the manner in which residential gas furnaces and commercial water heaters are regulated.

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  • 01.24.19

    Advocacy News

    DOL Rescinds 2017 Apprentice Ratio Guidance

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently rescinded a 2017 guidance letter which detailed steps to achieve compliance in the establishment of apprentice to journeyworker supervisory ratios.

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  • 01.23.19

    Advocacy News

    2019 Regulatory Outlook

    The 116th Congress starts with a different makeup than the 115th now that the Democratic Party controls the House of Representatives. What will this change bring to the world of regulations?

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  • 11.29.18

    Advocacy News

    DOE Petitioned to Rescind Regulations

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently received a petition from a group, referred to as the “Gas Industry Petitioners,” asking to issue an interpretive rule stating that DOE's proposed energy conservation standards for residential furnaces and commercial water heaters would result in the unavailability of “performance characteristics” by setting standards which can only be met by …

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  • 11.29.18

    Advocacy News

    DOE Considers Furnace Test Procedure

    The DOE has published and is taking comments on a petition from PHCC coalition partner AHRI.

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  • 11.08.18

    Advocacy News

    EPA Proposes Rescinding 2016 Refrigerant Rule

    The EPA established rules for the safe handling of refrigerants in 1993. Since that time, the world of refrigerants has changed dramatically.

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