Regulatory

  • 04.19.21

    IAPMO Starts UPC and UMC Update Cycle

    The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has announced the start of the revision cycle for the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and the Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC). The technical committees for both codes will meet virtually this year; these meetings are open to the public.

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  • 04.19.21

    International Code Council Committee Action Hearings Open This Month

    The International Code Council will conduct the 2021 Committee Action Hearings virtually for the first time in the organization’s history. The April 11 - May 5 virtual hearings will review proposed changes to the 2024 International Codes.

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  • 04.19.21

    Registration Opens for 2021 Emerging Water Technology Symposium

    Registration for the seventh biennial Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS) is now open. This biennial event* continues to provide critical insight into the future of water-related industries. Produced in a virtual environment this year, the event is being offered at the reduced rate of $69. Nowhere else is such focused attention provided for professionals on all facets of optimizing the safe and efficient use of water. The virtual event, comprised of a three-hour program, takes place May 11-12 at 10 a.m. ET each day.

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  • 04.08.21

    Advocacy News

    PHCC 2021 VIRTUAL Legislative Conference
    June 15-16, 2021

    With a new Congress and new Presidential administration in power as the nation prepares for post-pandemic recovery, your opinion and voice are critical during this important year in American history! Make plans now to participate in the June 15-16 PHCC 2021 VIRTUAL Legislative Conference and educate lawmakers on the significant role our industry can play in rebuilding America’s infrastructure and economy. Plumbing and HVAC contractors have an opportunity to chart the course of the biggest investment in American infrastructure in more than half a century.

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  • 03.24.21

    Advocacy News

    Rolling Back Regulations is a Reality

    The Biden-Harris Administration continues to roll back regulations enacted during the previous administration. Two proposed rulemakings that withdraw rules have been released for public comment. In the newly released proposed rules, the withdrawal of the Independent Contractor Final Rule is based on several reasons

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  • 01.14.21

    Advocacy News

    PPP Loan Program Re-opens

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. Initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter.

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  • 11.23.20

    PPP and Main Street Lending Programs

    The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently has issued guidance and related information for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and the Main Street Lending Programs. For PPP borrowers with loans of $2 million or greater, lenders will be sending a mandatory survey that must be completed within 10 days of receipt. Smaller PPP borrowers, with loans of $50,000 or less, may be eligible to use simplified Form 3508S to apply for forgiveness as well.

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  • 11.02.20

    Advocacy News

    CDC Revises Definition of Close Contact

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised its Definition of what constitutes a close contact with a COVID-19 infected person. This change makes exposure time cumulative during a 24-hour period (and not just consecutive minutes) and instructs that the wearing of masks generally does not eliminate the risk of a close contact. The CDC now states a close contact to be: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

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  • 10.29.20

    Advocacy News

    Executive Order on Racial Bias

    On September 22, 2020, President Trump issued Executive Order 13950, “Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.” The Executive Order sets forth the policy of the United States “not to promote race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating” and prohibits federal contractors from inculcating such views in their employees in workplace diversity and inclusion trainings. The U.S. Department of Labor has issued additional Guidance to assist in implementation.

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  • 09.23.20

    Advocacy News

    Executive Order Defers Payroll Tax Withholding

    President Donald Trump has issued an Executive Order intended to financially assist workers as a result of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The memorandum directs the Secretary of the Treasury to defer certain payroll tax obligations with respect to the American workers most in need. This order has been interpreted to be voluntary, although federal workers have been mandated to comply.

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