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The House plans to approve a three-month highway spending bill on Wednesday and then leave town, forcing the Senate to approve the short-term measure to prevent a lapse in funding. The two chambers have been battling over rival highway bills for a week, with the House preferring a five-month extension approved earlier this month over the Senate’'s bill, which would fund roads and other infrastructure projects for three years.  The Hill Read More...

Legislative & Regulatory News

The House on July 23 passed hotly contested legislation that would keep states from issuing mandatory labeling laws for foods that contain genetically modified organisms, called GMOs. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, which passed 275-150, would instead create a federal standard for the voluntary labeling of foods with GMO ingredients. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), who authored the bill, called mandatory labeling laws -- which have already passed in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine -- unnecessarily costly given that GMOs have been deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The Hill Read More...

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Senators voted to revive the Export-Import Bank on Monday, setting themselves on a crash course with their House counterparts. Lawmakers voted 64-29 on attaching a reauthorization of the bank's charter, which expired last month, to a long-term highway bill. The amendment, from Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill), reauthorizes the bank's charter through the fall of 2019.  The Hill Read More...

Industry & Manufacturing News

The Engines Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is enhancing its existing dealer services capability with the formation and staffing of remote Field Service Advisor offices in four regional centers. The offices will be located in Atlanta, Ga., Fort Worth, Tex., Eatontown, NJ, and at the division’s Grand Rapids, Mich. headquarters facility. The new Field Service Advisor Program, intended to facilitate closer contact between the company’s highly-trained technical personnel and dealers selling and servicing Kawasaki’s advanced line of engines, is effective immediately. Each location will be staffed by two field service advisors responsible for pro-active dealership visits, phone-based technical services, warranty review and questions, dealer training, and in-person technical assistance as needed.  Kawasaki Engines USA Read More...

NAEDA & Association News

Sponsorships by exhibitors will provide a wealth of education and networking opportunities exclusively for dealers during the 2015 GIE+EXPO (Green Industry & Equipment Expo), which is set for Oct. 21-23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The popular Dealer Resource Pavilion returns with features to benefit all levels of a dealership team – from technicians to management. Coupled with opportunities to network and win prizes, the return on investment for dealers who attend has high potential. Click here to view the registration brouchure. Read More...

NAEDA & Association News

Q: What are the laws regarding an employee who is scheduled to work an 8 hour shift but clocks in before their shift starts and also stays after their shift ends when it is not expected of them? If this overtime is not approved is the employer under any obligation to pay? Read More...

NAEDA & Association News

The NAEDA Equipment Dealer Stock Index inched south in our trading session ended July 15, 2015, off 7.27 points, or 0.72 percent, and closing at 1005.94. Declining issues easily dominated advancing issues by a 14-to-8 count. Read More...

Legislative & Regulatory News

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) workplace Communication Standards are now in place. These standards require employers to utilize “Safety Data Sheets” for chemicals used and/or present in the workplace. In addition, the Communications Standards require employers to provide training to ensure that employees understand the content and meaning of the Safety Data Sheets. The standardized format is designed to arm employees with an understanding of the safety risks and necessary safety precautions associated with work place chemicals. Safety Data Sheets contain sixteen different categories “disclosures”. A full description of the categories can be obtained here.

Equipment dealer owners and managers may want to consult with legal counsel to ensure that their business is fully compliant with these Communications Standards and all other applicable OSHA standards. For a quick self-check, review OSHA’s top ten cited standards here. Read More...

NAEDA & Association News

NAEDA Dealers who have employees that have been negatively impacted by recent natural disasters may qualify for Disaster Relief assistances through NAEDA’s Equipment Dealer Foundation (EDF).  Click here for the Disaster Relief application and guidelines. Read More...

NAEDA & Association News

Recent torrential rains leading to extensive flooding in Texas and Oklahoma have left a lasting impression on all of us. The devastation from these storms left numerous dead and missing and thousands without basic necessities, such as food, water or shelter. Some of those affected are equipment dealers and their employees. We are asking for your financial support once again to replenish the Disaster Relief Fund to insure that we will be able to address requests from these most recent events and future natural disasters that are sure to come. Read More...

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