Capitol Hill

Stopping the flood

A top concern of NRCA members is the alarming increase in new federal regulations. Recently, numerous regulations have been promulgated by the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, National Labor Relations Board and other federal agencies that significantly affect employers in the roofing industry.

The cost of this expansion of regulations to the U.S. economy is significant. In 2011, the Small Business Administration estimated the total cost of compliance with all federal regulations was $1.75 trillion annually.

Moreover, the regulatory challenges employers face are likely to grow, especially as the Affordable Care Act, which imposes new mandates on employers with 50 or more full-time employees, becomes fully effective in 2015.

Given this reality, NRCA has made regulatory reform legislation a top focus of its government relations agenda. Such legislation would change the processes under which federal agencies develop regulations so there would be more opportunities for input from the business community. A more open, transparent process should provide more opportunities for stakeholders to work with agency officials to develop regulations that are effective for achieving desired public policy goals while minimizing adverse effects on employers.