Notice of Proposed Rule Making: Overtime Update

April 1, 2019

On March 7, 2019 the Department of Labor announced a proposed rule that would make more than a million more American workers eligible for overtime.  The question to start asking yourself and your managers is "how will this rule affect our business?" Under currently enforced law, employees with a salary below $455 per week ($23,660 annually) must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week.  Workers making at least this salary level may be eligible for overtime based on their job duties. This salary level was set in 2004. This proposal that is expected to be passed into law would boost the proposed salary level to $679 per week (equivalent to $35,308 per year.) Above this salary level, eligibility for overtime varies based on job duties. Th...

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What Are You Doing Today To Increase Business in 2020?

March 4, 2019

Based on a large volume of member calls and attendance at a number of shows, the consensus is that business is not as strong as people would like and many business owners have said their companies have "excess manufacturing capacity."  In other words, people can use more business.

Wh...

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Tariffs - What Will They Do To Your Business????

February 4, 2019

We have received many calls from members talking about the affects that proposed tariffs if enacted will have on their business.  We are hearing from many log/lumber suppliers that have explained that over 50% of their sales are now destined for Asia.  They have explained how their busi...

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Do You REALLY know your costs?

January 3, 2019

We are hearing from people that are trying to enter a market with a new product or would like to outsource the production to a current WPMA member.  The preconceived idea is that this is what I can pay for the item based on what they think they can sell it for. Unfortunately these same peopl...

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Not Asking Detailed Questions Could Have A Major Affect on Your Business

December 3, 2018

A member in PA recently brought a potentially crucial situation to our attention that could affect their business as well as that of a large number of our members.  Everyone realizes that being able to dispose of your wood waste (even at little or no profit) is critical to your business bein...

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