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Addressing Industry-Specific Compliance

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Member support allows TRSA to proactively address and respond to aggressive efforts by federal, state and local agencies to institute new rules that harm the industry and thereby negatively affect the economy or environment. We educate key audiences in Washington and across the nation about the need to efficiently and effectively resolve key issues in rulemaking to preserve our industry's viability.

Take Survey: Proposed OT Rule's Impact on Your Business

The Department of Labor recently proposed changing a rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to more than double the pay level at which salaried workers must receive overtime. Currently, salaried employees need not be paid overtime if they earn $455 a week or $23,660 per year. The change is expected to raise this amount to $970 per week or $50,440 per year in 2016. Millions of Americans in managerial/sales positions earning salaries between these amounts will shift from exempt to non-exempt status. Employers will be required to pay them one and one-half times their normal pay rate for work hours exceeding 40 in a workweek. 

Shop Towel Compliance Kit

On July 31, 2013, TRSA and the industry welcomed the news that EPA issued a final rule on the handling of reusable shop towels. The regulation, “Conditional Exclusions from Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste for Solvent-Contaminated Wipes; Final Rule,” codifies best practices that responsible laundry operators have followed for decades, long before the rule was proposed in November 2003. This online compliance kit includes a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and other materials designed to help launderers, customers, employees, and route drivers to comply fully with rule.

Evaporation Credits

TRSA supports Operator members seeking evaporation credits from their local publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). These credits ensure a laundry is billed fairly for its sewer discharges when the POTW bases the billing on the exact volume of fresh water the laundry receives. A laundry sewer bill should be calculated on a lesser volume because of evaporation from drying, finishing and other processes. This contact form alerts TRSA to a member launderer’s interest in TRSA resources that make the case for a fair credit.

Wage & Hour Division

TRSA periodically reports on rulings by this division of the federal Department of Labor, which enforces overtime pay rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Of particular interest are decisions involving sales work by route drivers. This link reaches the division website.
 
Promoting Our Track Record
Ahead of anticipated regulatory proposals that may unfairly and unnecessarily burden the industry, our customers and the economy, TRSA is communicating with agencies to seek alternatives.
 
  • SafeTRSA: Citing the successes of the SafeTRSA program to improve employee safety, TRSA is reporting to OSHA and offering to provide the agency with more information to prove that workers’ health is better protected by voluntary compliance programs as opposed to increased regulation.  This effort also extends to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). 
 
  • EPA: TRSA promotes to EPA the industry’s efforts to protect the environment including the reporting and resources developed through TRSA’s LaundryESP Program and the “good business and operations” benefits of conserving and recycling water, recapturing heat and minimizing energy usage.  
 
  • U.S. Workplace Safety Statistics: TRSA works with the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics to ensure key incident rates are calculated each year to gauge safety performance nationwide of industrial launderers and linen suppliers in separate statistical categories for each of these textile services industry segments.  Comparing these results with the SafeTRSA survey proves TRSA member companies are safer than nonmembers.