August 2016 Newsletter

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IN THIS ISSUE…

President’s MessageSafety Spotlight
Event AnnouncementsCode Notices & Updates
Legislative WatchCommittee Announcements
Items of NoteTraining Center Courses
Member Benefits & ToolsNational News from NRCA

President's Message

Hello Everyone.  August is here and you know what that means; the annual CRA Golf Tournament is coming up on August 19th!  There is also the annual Sporting Clay Tournament to look forward to on October 14th as well, so mark your calendars.

Many of you might not know RTP Roofing Co. very well, but I would like to give you some insight from my perspective. We are a small company, but we are very hands-on. I go out and do inspections and estimates every week and I am in the field nearly every day.  We try very hard to provide our employees with everything they need to be safe and successful.

With the recent hailstorms in Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock and the Denver/Cherry Hills area, I have been out doing estimates and the number of roofers I see that are not using safety equipment shocks me. As an owner myself, one of my biggest fears is one of my employees getting seriously injured. When I see roofing crews on roofs without ropes and harnesses, I get very concerned and then I get very mad. I’ve seen crews on two-story, 8/12 pitch roofs and my first thought is that if one of those employees fell, there is a fairly good chance he would not make it through. I seriously doubt that most of these crews even have ropes or harnesses in their possession at all. I automatically think that these crews have either never been fined by OSHA, never personally witnessed a roofing fall accident, or they clearly just don’t care. These crews must not be afraid of OSHA or they are not a brick and mortar company, so they think they can just disappear and not have to deal with OSHA. Just four years ago, I witnessed someone fall from a short, eight-foot patio roof and the injuries the person suffered were astonishing. He had a broken femur, three broken ribs, cuts and abrasions everywhere, bruises, and to top it all off, a concussion. The time and money, let alone the hike in premiums, that was required to help that employee recover and get back on a roof took over a year. It affected not only the employee, but the company as well.

I tell my employees regularly that I want to see them be safe so they can go home to their friends and families every night.  In order to compensate our workers, we pay them hourly, not by piecework. So in a way, I pay them to be safe and to wear their harnesses. This keeps them focused on doing the job well and doing it correctly rather than trying to tear off and replace as much as possible, as quickly as possible. It is hard when I have my crews on roofs and I constantly tell them to wear their harnesses and across the street they see another crew seeming to do the same amount of work in half the time due to the lack of safety equipment.

This is not an argument about sub-contractors versus employee-based companies. This is about safety and having a level playing field. It’s about companies carrying the proper workers comp based on the number of workers on a roof. My number one issue with the Acord forms is that it does not indicate what kind of policy it is. It does not say how many employees are covered under that policy. It is the same form for different types of businesses, from landscaping to painting to roofing, rather than being specific to an industry. We as owners know for a fact that a roofing policy is more expensive than a landscaping policy. I wish that the Acord form would clearly spell out what kind of policy is being used, how many employees the policy covers and to have the ability to be as specific as necessary in the description area. I think there should also be a system online that allows companies or consumers to see the policy in order to verify that it is the proper coverage for the job. You can’t have eight sole proprietors working on one roof acting as their own subcontractor. Someone has to be paying a W-2 and have employees somewhere. It is difficult for companies that are doing the right thing and have the proper insurance to combat companies that don’t.

As an owner of a business myself, trust me, I do not think we need a bigger government with more restrictions, policy and policing.  I don’t always agree with everything OSHA tries to enforce, but I do support their rules about being tied off when working on a roof.  As roofers, we know the danger involved with our profession and I believe we should be compensated for that; and I hope someday we will.

So the real question is who is responsible for keeping roofers safe? The company? The supervisor or foreman? The crews? The customer? If you ask me, we all are.

I always tell my customers to help me enforce my rules about safety by yelling at my crews if they see them not using their harnesses. By doing so, they help themselves, my workers and my company. Wouldn’t it be funny if we had more consumers out there that would tell companies and employees to get off of their roof if they are not going to be safe?

The CRA has been taking a new approach by trying to inform and educate consumers as a better way to help consumers. Just like the SB38, customers have become more informed and know their rights when it comes to estimates and contracts. If more consumers were educated on the fact that it is required by law for roofing crews to have the appropriate safety equipment to complete a job, they could help to limit the number of injuries by making crews more accountable and responsible.

In closing, I again remind you that this is about doing the right thing. We need to ensure that we are helping to keep our employees safe and to create a level playing field within the industry.

Hope we all have a good end to the summer!

Thank you all.

Ray Phillips
RTP Roofing Company
CRA President
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THANK YOU to our 2016 Sponsors!

2017 Industry Leader Sponsors
ABC Supply Co.GCP Applied Technologies
Academy Roofing, Inc.
Gulfeagle Supply
Advanced Roofing Technologies
Interstate Roofing, Inc.
Allied Building ProductsK & P Roofing LLC
APOCMalarkey Roofing Products
Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet Metal
Moody Insurance Agency
B & M Roofing of ColoradoOwens Corning
Beacon Roofing SupplyPinnacol Assurance
Black Roofing, Inc.
Premium Panels
Boulder Roofing, Inc.
RoofLine Supply
Flynn Southwest LPSpec Building Materials
Front Range Roofing Systems
Tamko Building Products
GAF MaterialsThe Roofing Company
2017 Silver Sponsors
A to Z RoofingJohns Manville
American Roofing SupplyRTP Roofing Co.
Boral RoofingSuperoofs
C3 Group Public AdjustersSchafer & Co.
Cleasby ManufacturingTecta America - Colorado
GBS Enterprises Roofing

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With damaging hail hitting across the entire state and “cut-throat” competition out there, we want to remind all our members and specifically our contractor members to be sure and hold yourselves to the higher standards you agreed to upon joining the CRA.  You have all signed the CRA Code of Ethics and agreed to abide by them.

When consumers come to our website looking for Trusted Colorado Roofers, we want them to know that when they select a Colorado Roofing Association Member to install their roof that they are getting a company that is local, has been in business in Colorado for at least two years, have current General Liability and Workers Compensation coverage, are knowledgeable in roof applications and local building codes, care about the safety of their workers and abide by all the rules set forth in our Code of Ethics.

Our promise to consumers when they come to our website for information and help is that we have already done some of their homework for them and they can trust any one of our members to be an ethically run Colorado roofing business.  We all want a better image for the roofing industry and with your continued membership and commitment to the higher standards set by our association, we hope to continue to improve that image a step at a time.

Click here for a copy of the CRA Code of Ethics.

Click here for SB38 & Insurance Fraud Penalties Factsheet.

EventAnnouncements

34th Annual CRA Golf Tournament – August 19, 2016 – West Woods Golf Course, Arvada CO

CRA GOLF TOURNAMENT – FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2016. –  We have an exciting event planned for the 34th Annual CRA Golf Tournament to be held at West Woods Golf Club at 6655 Quaker Street in Arvada, CO.  The tournament sold out early and registration is closed.    

Tournament highlights include: 216 players/18 Holes – scramble format, golf cart, range balls, bag handling, goodie bag, breakfast burritos, lunch, awards & raffle ceremony.  Plus… you can participate in the following contests: hole-in-one prize, closest to the pin (men and women), longest drive (men and women), ball-on-the-green, speed hole, chipping and dice roll contests.

Sponsors: Thank you in advance to all the companies that have stepped up to sponsor this year’s tournament. Although player spots are sold out, we still have opportunities for you to be involved in the tournament including man-your-hole sponsorship and we are still accepting items for the player goodie bags. Click below for more information or contact Debbie Hathorne today.

Click here for tournament date, location, time and list of sponsors and sponsorship information, etc.

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3rd Annual Fall Sporting Clay Tournament – October 14, 2016 – Colorado Clays, Brighton CO

CRA FALL SPORTING CLAY TOURNAMENT – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016. – We invite both experienced and novice shooters to sign up. Bring your colleagues, clients, family and friends out for a fun day of shooting and fundraising for a worthy cause. The tournament directly benefits the association and will allow us to do a better job of educating Colorado consumers on getting a new roof and how to select a professional roofing contractor.

This tournament will be a 100 target clay shoot presented along a cottonwood creek bottom at Colorado Clays in Brighton, CO. The course features 15 stations that are fully automated – including a 60′ tower and 20′ elevated platform that is sure to challenge all shooters. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with a start time of 9:00 a.m (practice range time is included and starts at 8 am). Awards will be given for the top two best shooters, the top three teams and a grand prize raffle will go to one lucky winner!

Entry fee includes 100 birds, 10 practice rounds, BBQ lunch, drinks and goody bag. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the range but will be available once all shooters are finished shooting for the day. Shooters will be required to provide a shotgun, bring a minimum of 120 rounds (7 ½ shot or smaller) or shells can be purchased at the clubhouse. Shotgun rental is also available at the clubhouse (advanced reservations required).

WE ARE LOOKING FOR TOURNAMENT SPONSORS!

  • Door Prizes: $50 or more (gift certificates preferred)
  • Station Sign Sponsor: $150/member $250/non-member
  • Man Your Station Sponsor: $350/member, $450/non-member
  • Lunch Sponsor: $200/member, $300 non-member
  • Goody Bag Items are also welcomed and appreciated.

Sponsorships and door prizes are needed and appreciated!!  All sponsors will be acknowledged prior to and throughout the event, in the CRA newsletter, all emails, on-site and the online registration page. Contact Debbie if you are interested in any of these.

SIGN UP TODAY!  We will max the tournament at 140 shooters. All reservations are accepted on a first come first served basis.  Early Bird Prices End September 16, 2016 (payment and registration must be received by this date to receive discount – no exceptions).

Click here for tournament information, shooter fees, online registration, sponsor information, etc.

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Click here to view the full 2016 Event Calendar – calendar includes additional event dates, member luncheons, pinpoint seminars, Training Center courses, etc.

We want to continue to share information on a few bills that we are watching and think are worthy of your attention:

Colorado | Amendment 69 Universal Health Care (ColoradoCare) Ballot Initiative 20. This $25 Billion Universal Health Care measure has already been approved for the November ballot.  The proposal will essentially double the state budget and would be funded in part by 10% taxes – 6.6 from employers, 3.3 from employees (10% from the self-employed).  Efforts to defeat Amendment 69 continue.  Coloradans for Coloradans is a statewide, bipartisan organization formed to work for the defeat of Amendment 69.  Visit their website for the most up-to-date information at www.coloradansforcoloradans.com.

Federal | IRS Section 385 of the Tax Code  – The Internal Revenue Service recently issued proposed regulations that have been sold by the Obama Administration as an attempt to stop inversions of U.S. companies. This is the process where domestic companies move their headquarters overseas to take advantage of lower corporate tax rates.  However, further analysis of these regulations, if finalized, indicates that U.S. businesses structured as S corporations could be negatively impacted.  We urge you to oppose the regulations under Section 385 of the tax code and ask that you contact your senators and urge them that the proposed change be withdrawn or be amended to include wide exemptions for S corporations. The IRS plans to “move swiftly to finalize” these rules, click her for more information (Source NRCA).

Federal New Overtime Regulation Becomes Effective on December 1, 2016 – The new rule on overtime focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed to qualify employees for the Executive, Administrative, and Professional exemptions. Under the current rule, the minimum salary level needed to qualify for these exemptions was $455.00 per week. Under the new rule, the salary level is set at the 40th percentile of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census Region, which happens to be the South. That salary level is currently $913 per week, which equates to an annual salary of $47,476.00.  The total annual compensation requirement for highly compensated employees was also adjusted upward from the current requirement of $100,000.00. Under the new rule, the compensation requirement is set at the 90th percentile of full-time salaried workers nationally, which currently is $134,004.00.  Lastly, unlike current overtime rules, the new rule does provide a mechanism for the salary and compensation levels to be adjusted every three years, in order to maintain the levels at the percentiles provided above. The new rule also allows employers to use non-discretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) to satisfy up to 10 percent of the new standard salary level, which is not permitted under the current rule.  While there was much discussion prior to publication of the new rule that the new rule would also address the job duties test of each white collar exemption, in fact, the new rule makes no changes to the job duties tests.  The new overtime rule becomes effective on December 1, 2016. The first update to the salary and compensation levels will occur on January 1, 2020, and every three years thereafter. In response to the new rules, contractors may consider increasing salaries to keep employees exempt, or contractors may reclassify workers as non-exempt and pay for overtime hours. Employees that will be reclassified as non-exempt may be paid an hourly rate, and the rate can be set such that, when overtime hours are considered, the compensation paid to the employee is comparable to when the employee was paid a salary. Some contractors may instead hire part time workers or spread the work load among more employees to avoid any employee working overtime hours, while others may try to keep cost neutral by reducing fringe benefits in light of the increases in salaries to be paid. (Source Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Flatt, 6-20-16 Law Update Email).

Federal | New Visa Guest Worker Program  –  Jeff Flake of Arizona has focused on the issue of less-skilled non-farm workers, and his new legislative proposal, introduced in April, would create a pilot program to grant visas to foreigners seeking work in cities and counties where the unemployment rate is less than 5 percent. The program would grow and shrink with the business cycle, starting from a baseline of 65,000 visas a year and growing potentially to 85,000 visas. Unlike in a conventional worker visa program, employers and employees would not be tied to each other for the duration of the worker’s stay in the U.S. – visa-holders could move freely from job to job, working for any employer who had tested the labor market and been unable to hire enough willing and able American workers. The federal government would study the effects of the program on U.S. workers and local economic conditions, and 10 years after passage, Congress would be asked to decide whether or not to renew the program. (Please click here for a brief summary of the legislation, and click here to read the bill.)

Federal | Career & Technical Education Reform Act – Reform and reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Renamed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. The bill improves the alignment of career education with in-demand jobs by requiring more robust consultation with business and industry, including industry and sector partnerships, encourages stronger engagement with employers in setting state performance goals and assessing skills in demand at the local level, incentivizes programs that lead to attainment of “recognized post-secondary credentials,” including industry-recognized certifications and much more. Click here for more information.

Please feel free to contact me if you are aware of legislation not listed above that you would like us to look into or have any questions on the issues covered in this section.

Rick Rosendahl
B&M Roofing of Colorado
CRA Gov’t Relations Chair
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CodeUpdates

codenewsupdatesCity of Denver | 2016 Building Code Takes Effect on Sep 12, 2016 – The 2016 Denver Building Code was approved by City Council earlier this year. Currently, permit customers may apply for building permits under the 2011 or 2016 Denver building codes. After the new code’s September 12, 2016 effective date, customers must adhere to the 2016 code unless given prior approval by the Denver building official. Click here to read the transition policy, and visit denvergov.org/buildingcode to learn more about the 2016 Denver Building Code update.
Have you heard of any upcoming building code changes with any of the municipalities you work with? Please share them with us by emailing the BC&S Committee via Debbie at debbie@coloradoroofing.org.

City of Englewood | City Council adjusts allowable construction hours to help keep neighborhoods quieter – Effective July 23, 2016. – In response to neighborhood concerns about excessive construction noise, Englewood City Council recently voted to adjust the hours that construction is allowed in residential or commercial districts in Englewood. The ordinance, which was adopted on final reading June, 20, 2016, reduces the allowed construction hours to 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Construction was previously allowed between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.   Read more.

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The CRA Building Code & Standards Committee is tasked to represent our members in code, inspection and enforcement issues related to the roofing industry and to facilitate improved communication between the roofing industry and Colorado Building Departments and Code Officials. Through the Code Guidelines on the CRA Website and in this monthly column, committee members share Building Department news and updates.

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PR/Marketing Committee Update – The PR Committee continues our advertising efforts this month in an effort to educate members and the general public while maintaining a POSTIVE IMAGE of the roofing industry. Both our summer Select a Trusted Roofer Campaign and our joint #NoRoofScams anti-roofing fraud campaign received a lot of traction last month.  If you see either of these campaigns on social media, please be sure to like and share with your contacts and help us spread the word!  Click the links below for more information on each.

#NoRoofScams Anti-Fraud Campaign – Along with several other government agencies and non-profit organizations, CRA is part of a joint public education campaign called No Roof Scams.  We have joined together with the common goal to educate both home and business owners on what to look for in a professional roofing contractor and sharing information/resources on how to avoid scams and roofing fraud here in Colorado. Use the links below for additional information.

No Roof Scams Anti-Fraud Campaign Info – campaign details

No Roof Scams Joint Micro Website – resources and tips from coalition members

Hail Preparedness Toolkit – tips to navigate the hail claim process from RMIIA & PCI

Summer “Select a Trusted Colorado Roofer” Campaign (www.TrustedColoradoRoofers.com) -From May through October, the CRA is running a billboard and Facebook marketing campaign urging Colorado home and building owners to take the appropriate steps in selecting a trusted roofing contractor, especially in the event of hail or storm damage.  Learn more at our campaign landing page here. 

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WELCOME 2 New Members(s). Jagger Enterprises dba Jagger Roofing, 52 1/2 E. 56th Avenue, Denver, CO 80216, Ph: 720-372-7185 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res) and Revive Debt Collection Corp, 155 N. College #230, Ft. Collins, CO 80524, Ph: 970-212-0769 (Trade Services – Debt Collection). 

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Richard “Dick” Fricklas (1934 – 2016)

Memorial Notice for Richard “Dick” Fricklas (1934 – 2016) – CRA’s 2003 Lifetime Achievement award recipient, Dick Fricklas passed away on July 27 after battling mesothelioma since February 2013. Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Caused by asbestos, mesothelioma has no known cure. Dick was one of the roofing industries biggest supporters and there are very few as technically knowledgeable as he was.  Dick was a researcher, author, journalist and educator. Early in his career Dick worked for Johns Manville ‘s Roofing Division where he received a patent for a fire-rated vapor retarder system and was co-developer of other patented product lines. He was also given the opportunity to work with FM Global and Underwriter’s Laboratories on fire-rated roof systems. While at JM, Dick helped develop and present programs for JM’s Built-up Roofing Systems Institute (BURSI) school for architects and engineers. This ultimately lead to his career at the Roofing Industry Educational Institute (RIEI), when he became the first Technical Director in 1978. He retired from RIEI in 1996 but remained active in the industry by continuing to lecture and publish frequently up until last year; writing a Technical Instruction for the Corps of Engineers and co-authoring the 3rd and 4th editions of the Manual of Low Slope Roofing. He also helped RCI with curriculum development and had taught at the University of Wisconsin’s Roofing Seminars.  Dick always found time to enjoy his 3 children Michael, Kenneth and Susan, seven grandchildren, and also traveling with his wife of 57 years, Anita. Our deepest sympathy & condolences to his family, friends and former associates and co-workers. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for a contribution to:

The Arthritis Foundation (Colorado), 2280 South Albion Street, Denver CO 80222, http://www.arthritis.org/colorado/

Jewish Family Service of Colorado, 3201 S. Tamarac Dr., Denver CO 80231, http://www.jewishfamilyservice.org/

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William “Bill” Salanty (1959-2016)

Memorial Notice for William “Bill” Salanty (1959-2016) – Bill Salanty passed away from a tragic accident on Tuesday, July 26th 2016 when his 1990 Harley-Davidson Softai motorcycle went out of control and hit a guardrail on U.S. 285 at Windy Point.  Bill was a longtime member of the roofing industry and he made huge contributions to the roofing industry specifically with his expertise on the metal side of our profession.  Bill was most recently the Owner of Foothills Architectural Metal LLC and previously with US Metals.  Bill is survived by his wife Michelle, father and mother along with his 2 brothers and sister. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for a contribution to:

Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District, 7939 South Turkey Creek Road, Morrison, CO  80465. Please indicate in memory of Bill Salanty. 

You may also donate using PayPal via http://www.intercanyonfire.org/index.php/donate

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Elite Roofing Announces the Acquisition of CJ Roofing  –  JULY 20, 2016 – Elite Roofing, a leading Denver-based roofing company, proudly announces the acquisition of CJ Roofing. With more than 48 years of collective experience, these two leading Denver roofing companies are positioned to corner the market throughout the state of Colorado and beyond.

Together the leadership teams at Elite Roofing and CJ Roofing made the strategic decision to merge in order to capitalize on their collective expertise. In combining their complementary roofing services, and administrative support staff, Elite and CJ Roofing have solidified themselves as one of Colorado’s top roofing companies. Together the two organizations offer a complete spectrum of roofing services including: commercial and residential roof replacement and repairs as well as new construction. Also offering an unmatched expertise in the management of roof damage insurance claims, together Elite and CJ Roofing are Colorado’s undisputed leaders in superior roofing services. While both organizations will benefit greatly from their newly announced venture, they will continue to function as separate entities.

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“Roofer Friendly” space available for your next training!

FACILITY RENTAL AVAILABLE – We just want to remind all of you that CRA’s Training Center is available for your next employee/installer training, certification class or product demonstration. Whether you need to teach a new installation technique, train a new crew or showcase a new product, CRA’s training space offers you a ‘roofer friendly’ indoor environment with class space for up to 30 individuals.

The CRA Training Center is located at 1660 Jasper Street, Unit I in Aurora, CO and is designed specifically for roofers and roofing applications. The space can be used for all types of steep and low slope materials and roofing systems. We are ‘application friendly’ and there is no need for you to travel from a seminar room to the parking lot.

SafetySpotlight

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INCREASED PENALTIES NOW IN EFFECT!!!

Reminder: OSHA Penalties Increase Effective August 1 – Starting Monday, August 1st, 2016 the penalties issued by OSHA will increase 78%.  Employers should review safety programs and compliance procedures NOW and frequently to ensure preparedness in the event OSHA comes knocking.  Any citations issued by OSHA after Aug 1, 2016 will be subject to the new penalties if the related violations occurred after November 2, 2015. The maximum penalty for serious violations will rise from $7,000 to $12,471. The maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations will increase from $70,000 to $124,709. You can prevent a penalty by maintaining an OSHA-compliant safety program, making your workers aware of the safety rules and having a process in place for properly managing OSHA investigations and citations.  Be sure to conduct and document frequent safety meetings, inspections and by correcting any safety hazards noted during the inspection right away.  Do this and it could result in significantly reduced penalties for safety violations. Read more.

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SUMMER REMINDER!!! We encourage you to remember to practice safe roofing to prevent accidents, minimize mishaps that lead to down time, and keep yourself and your crew COOL, COMFORTABLE and SAFE!  Click here for tips to stay cool.

NRCANews

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The roofing industry continues to have a robust year in virtually all parts of the U.S. in the commercial and residential markets. The Architectural Billing Index score rose to 53.1 in May, its highest reading since a year ago. The index measures the percentage of surveyed architectural firms that reported higher billings than a month earlier; any score higher than 50 indicates billing growth.

And the most recent report on building permits showed a monthly increase of 0.7 percent with a year-to-date increase of 2.9 percent. Much of the increase is attributable to multifamily housing as more young people choose to rent. In fact, the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies said: “Rental demand is expected to remain robust over the next decade as the youngest members of the millennial generation reach their 20s and 30s and begin to form their own households.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were 200,000 job openings in the construction industry at the end of April. This was the highest April total since 2007 and is a good indication of the breadth of the workforce issues we face.

NRCA has a lot to report on the regulatory front this month.  First, the good news: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as we reported earlier, has issued its final rule for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (notably, drones). The new rule was issued June 21 and takes effect Aug. 29. It applies to drones weighing less than 55 pounds. Under the new rule, operators must be at least 16 years old and have a remote pilot certificate from the FAA. Operators also must maintain a visual line of sight with the drone and can only fly drones during daylight (or twilight with some conditions).  NRCA also encourage companies who use or intend to use drones to carefully review their general liability insurance policies. Most policies exclude damages arising from the use of aircraft—a definition that typically would include drones. Most insurance companies offer coverage either in the form of a policy endorsement or standalone policy.

Now to the not-so-good news, which is led, once again, by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA recently finalized a rule regarding electronic submission of injury and illness record-keeping forms a majority of employers are required to complete and maintain. The new rule requires employers with 20 to 249 employees to electronically submit, on an annual basis, OSHA Form 300A, “Summary of Work-related Injuries and Illnesses.” Companies with 250 or more employees have greater obligations under the rule. Compliance with the new rule is phased in during a two-year period; electronic submission of forms for calendar year 2016 are due July 1, 2017.

Most recently, OSHA announced it will be delaying the effective date for enforcing the anti-retaliation section of its injury and illness tracking rule. Originally scheduled to begin Aug. 10, enforcement now will begin Nov. 1. Under the rule, employers are required to inform workers of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation. OSHA says it needs the additional time to “conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.”

And OSHA has announced maximum penalties for OSHA violations are set to increase for the first time since 1990. The new penalty levels take effect after Aug. 1, when the maximum penalty for serious violations will rise from $7,000 to $12,471. The maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations will increase from $70,000 to $124,709. Any citations issued by OSHA after Aug. 1 will be subject to the new penalties if the related violations occurred after Nov. 2, 2015.

OSHA’s new silica rule, which was issued in March, is in effect with enforcement deferred until June 23, 2017. The rule has been challenged in court by a number of organizations, including employer groups and North America’s Building Trades Unions. Employer groups are challenging the technical feasibility of compliance, among other things, while the building trades unions are questioning some of the rule’s exposure and medical testing requirements.  NRCA intends to collect air-monitoring data to enable members to meet OSHA’s “objective data” requirements for avoiding initial air monitoring on routine operations.

In June, NRCA sponsored the third annual National Roofing Week with great success. A few highlights:

  • Thanks to NRCA members who participated in our Thunderclap campaign, they had a total social media reach of nearly 125,000 people.
  • NRCA shared more than 150 posts from members who participated in the week’s activities.
  • NRCA’s Facebook reach was more than 13,000—25 percent more than 2015.
  • NRCA staff members, along with friends from CNA, spent a day working on a Rebuilding Together® project for a youth center. NRCA staff also volunteered at a local food pantry in Chicago’s west side.
  • NRCA’s children’s art contest generated more than 50 entries—and lots of smiles from those who got to see them.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision on President Obama’s plan to defer deportation for millions of undocumented people leaves his executive actions on hold and our national immigration policy in limbo. The suit was brought by a coalition of 26 states that argued they would bear much of the program’s cost and the administration failed to abide by federal regulatory requirements in issuing it. The decision may well encourage the next Congress to address immigration policy in its next session.

There are new reports that there are scammers posing as OSHA inspectors and persuading businesses to pay fines for phony rule violations. One such operation in Florida netted $1.3 million from unsuspecting businesses. Our advice: Ask for proper credentials, and if you have any doubts, call the nearest OSHA office.

The National Roofing Legal Resource Center will hold its annual seminar at the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, N.Y., Sept. 29-Oct. 1. The seminar includes presentations addressing contract law, human resources issues and a review of recent court cases affecting the roofing industry. Contact Anne Schroeder (aschroeder@nrca.net) at the office for details.

Plans are well under way for the 2017 International Roofing Expo,® which will be held March 1-3 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. Once again, the event will feature the largest roofing trade show in North America along with 35 educational programs. Other highlights include our third annual student competition with students from schools of construction management, our ROOFPAC-sponsored golf tournament and sporting clays tournament, and the annual NRCA Awards Ceremony. You can make your hotel reservations now by visiting www.theroofingexpo.com.

MemberBenefits

This month’s highlighted member benefits and tools. 

  • Start Marketing Your CRA Membership to Consumers!  A beneficial marketing tool for you to use in promoting your CRA membership to customers. Just click on the link, print as many as you need and start using in your sales packets and presentations right away.
  • Concerning Ladder Liability.  Help us in educating consumers and concerned citizens about the liability and risks involved with unattended ladders set for inspectors.
  • CRA Safety Group Workers’ Comp Program.  Receive a 4% upfront discount, group or individual loss history dividend calculation and much, much more. Members of the program automatically belong to the CRA Safety Group whose focus is on continuing safety education and training and improving safety in the roofing community. In partnership with Moody Insurance Agency and Pinnacol Assurance. Call Kim Burkhardt. at 303-824-6600 to receive additional information regarding this program. 
  • CRA Dental Program.  CRA program offers a choice of competitive dental plan through Delta Dental. Brought to you in partnership with Employee Benefit Designs. Contact Jerry Ressatar for more information at 303-220-8209. 
  • busybusy.com Smartphone App.  Receive 5% member discount and 30-day free trial. This tool provides a mobile time sheet app that helps your employees more accurately track their time, report their location and record the projects they are working on all while saving your company money! Call Pete Scifo at 303-717-8113.

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