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OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID Vaccinations

On November 4, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an emergency temporary standard (ETS) addressing employer obligations to ensure that employees have received COVID-19 vaccinations.  The ETS requirements apply only to those employers with more than 100 employees.  Highlights from the ETS include: Affected employees must be vaccinated by January 4. Employers must

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Doug Parker Becomes OSHA Administrator

On November 4, Doug Parker was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA Administrator).  Parker has a long career addressing worker safety issues, and most recently served as chief of California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CAL/OSHA).   During the Obama Administration, Parker served as

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U.S. Construction Spending Down Slightly in September

U.S. construction spending in September was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.57 trillion, decreasing 0.5% from August but 7.8% higher than the year prior.  Private construction spending was down 0.5% from August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.23 trillion.  Residential levels for September fell 0.4% from the previous month to

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October U.S. Consumer Confidence Shows Improvement

U.S. consumer confidence in October registered at 113.8, rising four points from September after three straight months of declines, according to The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index.  The index measuring current business and labor market conditions grew 3.1 points from September to 147.4, and the short-term outlook for income, business and the labor market improved

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September Interior Design Billings on the Rise

Interior design billings from the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) member-owned firms increased 2.9 points in September, bringing the Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI) score to 54.6. Any score over 50 indicates growth. The Midwest led the three-month average at 59.9, with all regions registering in positive territory except for the West which dropped

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Canadian Building Permits Up in September

Canadian building permits in September grew 4.3% from August to $10.1 billion (CAD) and increased 4.9% from the year-ago period.  Residential authorizations increased 8.2% from August to $6.88 billion and were 11.2% higher than September 2020.  Single-family totals reached $3.03 billion, down 2.7% from August but up 10.2% from the prior year.  Multi-family levels jumped

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OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID Vaccinations

On November 4, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an emergency temporary standard (ETS) addressing employer obligations to ensure that employees have received COVID-19 vaccinations.  The ETS requirements apply only to those employers with more than 100 employees.  Highlights from the ETS include: Affected employees must be vaccinated by January 4. Employers must

Read More »

Doug Parker Becomes OSHA Administrator

On November 4, Doug Parker was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA Administrator).  Parker has a long career addressing worker safety issues, and most recently served as chief of California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CAL/OSHA).   During the Obama Administration, Parker served as

Read More »

U.S. Construction Spending Down Slightly in September

U.S. construction spending in September was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.57 trillion, decreasing 0.5% from August but 7.8% higher than the year prior.  Private construction spending was down 0.5% from August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.23 trillion.  Residential levels for September fell 0.4% from the previous month to

Read More »

October U.S. Consumer Confidence Shows Improvement

U.S. consumer confidence in October registered at 113.8, rising four points from September after three straight months of declines, according to The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index.  The index measuring current business and labor market conditions grew 3.1 points from September to 147.4, and the short-term outlook for income, business and the labor market improved

Read More »

September Interior Design Billings on the Rise

Interior design billings from the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) member-owned firms increased 2.9 points in September, bringing the Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI) score to 54.6. Any score over 50 indicates growth. The Midwest led the three-month average at 59.9, with all regions registering in positive territory except for the West which dropped

Read More »

Canadian Building Permits Up in September

Canadian building permits in September grew 4.3% from August to $10.1 billion (CAD) and increased 4.9% from the year-ago period.  Residential authorizations increased 8.2% from August to $6.88 billion and were 11.2% higher than September 2020.  Single-family totals reached $3.03 billion, down 2.7% from August but up 10.2% from the prior year.  Multi-family levels jumped

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