Exterior News: No-match Regs Posted

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in March published for comment revised regulations that effectively mandate how employers must respond to Social Security Administration (SSA) “no-match” letters. SSA issues such letters when W-2 forms do not match its records.

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) told its members that the revised rule is not much different from the previous version. The NRCA plans to submit comments to DHS.

NRCA in 2006 urged DHS to withdraw its proposal while Congress tried to pass comprehensive immigration reform. DHS withheld final regulations until the legislation collapsed in the first session of this Congress. Following that, DHS issued regulations, which could pressure employers to terminate potentially illegal immigrant employees within 90 days of receiving a no-match letter. However, those regulations never took effect, since the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California sided with NRCA and other litigants and issued an injunction barring implementation of the regulations.

In an attempt to satisfy one of the issues raised by the judge — that the regulations would place a financial hardship on small businesses — DHS added an economic analysis in the revised regulations as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA). However, NRCA says, it does not include the cost of firing and replacing workers who lack legal documentation in sync with the SSA database. Also, the economic analysis is the only new component in a virtually identical rule to that which was issued Aug. 15, 2007.

The Workplace

ABC Supply Wins Satisfaction Award

For the second consecutive year, ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit, Wis., has been honored with a Gallup Great Workplace Award. The company is one of 20 worldwide to receive the 2008 award.

The company claims to be the largest wholesale distributor of roofing in the United States and one of the nation’s largest distributors of siding, windows and other select exterior building products. It operates 380 branches in 46 states and the District of Columbia.

Companies considered for the Gallup Great Workplace Awards award are evaluated by a panel of workplace experts, who compare each company’s results to those of thousands of work teams all over the world, using Gallup’s database.
Other 2008 winners include the Campbell Soup Co. and Marriott Vacation Clubs (also second-year winners), CarMax Inc. and Country Inns & Suites by Carlson.

Door Standards

ANSI Approval for WDMA Flush Doors

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) granted approval to the recently revised Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) standard I.S.1A-04 Industry Standard for Architectural Wood Flush Doors. WDMA holds and maintains ANSI-approved standards for both architectural wood flush doors (I.S.1A) and architectural stile and rail doors (I.S.6A-01, Industry Standard for Architectural Stile and Rail Door.)

I.S.1A was revised and revamped to shift the specification to performance-based requirements as opposed to prescriptive criteria, making it more applicable in real-world construction, according to WDMA. The standard established performance duty levels that assist the user in finding and installing the right door based on their conditions of use. Other selected highlights of the standard: the addition of low pressure decorative laminate as a face material; an updated section on the advantages of factory finishing vs. field finishing; an explanation of positive pressure fire doors and how to differentiate them from neutral pressure doors; and an updated face veneer chart. The standard is available at www.wdma.com.

Most Admired

Owens Corning Makes Fortune List

Owens Corning ranked third in the Building Materials, Glass Industry, of Fortune’s 2008 list of “America’s Most Admired Companies” compared with a ranking of fourth in 2007.

“We are proud that Owens Corning ranks among America’s most admired companies,” said Mike Thaman, chairman and chief executive officer. “We will continue to build the company’s reputation as an enterprise that delivers increasing value to its customers and shareholders by focusing on our growth initiatives.”

The Most Admired list is a report card on corporate reputations. Fortune’s survey partners at Hay Group started with the Fortune 1,000 — the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue — and the top foreign ones operating in the United States. Hay sorted them by industry and selected the 10 largest in each. To create the 63 industry lists, Hay asked executives, directors and analysts to rate companies in their own industry on eight criteria: quality of management; quality of products and services; innovation; long-term investment value; financial soundness; ability to attract, develop and keep talented people; social responsibility; and use of corporate assets.