Addressing Industry-Specific Compliance
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.
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.
- 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.