Government:


  2013 Story of the Year: Proposed Fire Code Changes Alarm Industry, Spark Debate About Fire Mitigation Strategies - Citing concerns over the size of exterior pallet fires, officials with the International Code Council developed strict new exterior storage requirements for pallets, but the industry worked to get the rules dropped for now as more study and collaboration goes into figuring out how to mitigate fire risk.   (1/1/2014)

  Coming Into Focus: Buy Now or Pay More in Taxes Later! - Tax Savings: A number of hefty tax exemptions and credits are set to expire at the end of this year. With Congress in budget and tax battles, there is no sign that they will be extend. Take advantage of these provisions now before it is too late.   (11/1/2013)

  Proposed Food Safety Rules Concern Pallet Industry - Food Safety and Modernization Act: Industry members are concerned that food safety regulations could result in significant new costs to supply chain.  (11/1/2013)

  Letter from Ed: Can We Trust Our Government? It Is Our Responsibility to Monitor What Is Going On! - Conservation program comes under fire in Arkansas and Missouri and is quickly dropped because no local input or comment period was offered in advance. This raises concerns about the growth of federal government intervention on local land management issues.  (8/1/2013)

  Insights for Developing a Proper Fire Safety Plan Expert Suggests Many Pallet Companies Are Not Prepared - Expert offers strategies to craft a fire safety plan and suggests that many pallet companies are not prepared for a fire.  (8/1/2013)

  Coming into Focus: Obama Delays Employer Mandate, Other Provisions of Health Care Law - Employers and government departments have more time to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  (8/1/2013)

  Feds Release More Obamacare Guidelines - Implementing Health Care Reform: Overview of employer requirements and recent guidance on Obamacare provisions  (7/1/2013)

  Don’t Make Environmental Claims You Can’t Back Up - Green Guides: Companies market products based on environmental attributes should ensure that they line up with federal law regarding the proper use of environmental claims.  (5/1/2013)

  Obamacare Decision Tree: Quick Guide to Preparing for New Health Care Requirements - Obamacare Decision Tree: Are you having trouble knowing how to prepare for new health care rules and fines set to take effect next year? By answering these questions, you can get a good picture of where you stand and what strategies to consider.   (4/1/2013)

  Is Immigration Reform on the Way? - Within days of his second inauguration, President Obama began a strong push for immigration reform.   (3/1/2013)

  Letter from Ed: The Fiscal Cliff, Tax Policy and Their Importance to Small Businesses - America’s current situation requires a constant re-evaluation in order to know what to think and what beliefs to support.  (2/1/2013)

  Health Care Reform: How Will Obamacare Affect You and Your Bottom Line? - The impact of Obamacare: the health care reform law offers both benefits and burdens to small businesses.  (2/1/2013)

  Letter from Ed: Get Out the Vote! We Are More Polarized than Ever Before! - Pallet Enterprise founder, Dr. Ed Brindley talks about the importance of the upcoming election and the need for readers to vote. He also explains why he encourages people to vote for Mitt Romney for president.  (10/1/2012)

  Election 2012:Comprehensive Review of the Presidential Race, Analysis of Likely Election Impact on Congress - Pallet Enterprise discusses the upcoming elections with a number of experts to try to identify what we can expect after the polls close.   (10/1/2012)

  2012 Presidential Election Guide - A review of the positions on major issues of the two major party candidates for the 2012 presidential race.   (10/1/2012)

  Letter from Ed: Uncertainty, Problems Remain After the Supreme Court Upholds Obama’s Health Care Reforms - Pallet Enterprise founder, Dr. Ed Brindley, shares his concerns over the pending health care reform changes and the uncertainty that still surrounds the details in the law and how it will affect small businesses.   (8/1/2012)

  NLRB Requires Posting of Unionization Rights - NLRB Requires Posting of Unionization Rights  (11/1/2011)

  It’s Time to Recover: Recession Recovery Tips for Small Businesses - An economic recovery is closer now than it has ever been. Now is the time for companies to start considering post-recession recovery strategies so they will be ready when it does finally arrive.  (5/1/2011)

  Old Softwood Lumber Dispute Settled, New Arbitration Requested - One dispute between Canada and the U.S. over softwood lumber trade has been settled, but a new one now awaits arbitration.   (3/1/2011)

  New Oregon Deca Ban Covers Plastic Pallets - State health guidelines suggest rules cover plastic pallets using decaBDE. Ban raises questions about iGPS pallets in the state.   (2/11/2011)

  EPA Defers Greenhouse Gas Permitting Requirements for Biomass - The EPA is starting an expedited rulemaking process which will allow the deferment of greenhouse gas permitting requirements for biomass for three years beginning in July.  (2/1/2011)

  CWPCA Responds to Border Exemption Elimination Proposal - Canadian pallet industry raises concerns about the proposal to eliminate the ISPM 15 border exemption for wood packaging material crossing the U.S./Canadian border.  (2/1/2011)

  Mixed Bag for Forest Products Industry: Election Results = More Business Friendly Congress, Gridlock Likely - 2010 Election Results: How will the midterm elections impact key small business and forest products industry issues? A major change in the Congressional landscape points to a more business friendly political climate as well as enhanced gridlock.  (12/1/2010)

  New Tax Credits Available for Small Businesses in 2010 - Tax Credits: A summary of tax deductions available for small businesses in 2010.  (10/1/2010)

  Illegal Aliens on the Job: Working Through the Maze of Federal & State Workplace Regulations - Insights for staying compliant with federal & state workplace regulations, including tips for using E-Verify, the electronic verification software offered by the government.   (7/1/2010)

  Public Comments Identify Key Concerns for National Wood Packaging Rule - Overview of public testimony given in various hearings about the development of a national treatment and certification rule for wood packaging material.   (12/1/2009)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Fighting the Federal Government - Pallet and lumber companies need to realize that the current downturn may be an ideal time to look at workplace practices that could cause legal problems one day if the feds ever come knocking on the door.  (9/1/2009)

  Congress Debates Key Legislation: Hardwood Lobbyist Provides Analysis - Interview on Hardwood Legislation: Chaille interviews Deb Hawkinson, executive director of the Hardwood Federation, about status of major hardwood legislation.  (9/1/2009)

  Steps and Insights for Becoming a Federal Government Contractor - Government Contracting: Covers the basics of becoming a government contractor so that you, too, might be able to seek some assistance from the President’s economic stimulus package.   (3/1/2009)

  Don’t Forget Uncle Sam! Congress Passed Major Business Tax Breaks in 2008 - Tax Saving Hints: Recent government changes can help you shave some off your tax bill; read how you can avoid tipping Uncle Sam.  (3/1/2009)

  Letter from Ed -- What — Me Worry? - Conservative, free-market values have not failed. Our poor execution of them and excessive government intrusion has created less than ideal market conditions.  (12/1/2008)

  New Administration Offers Industry Mixed Bag -- How Will Obama’s Change Impact Your Pocketbook? - Obama’s Impact: Find out how an Obama presidency is likely to affect your business and the overall forest products industry.  (12/1/2008)

  Letter from Ed: Real Fixes to Real Problems - No matter who is running for office some problems seem too hard for Washington to handle. Presidents and Congress put band-aids on major issues.  (10/1/2008)

  America Needs ‘National Will to Win’ in Order to Gain Energy Independence: We Have Sufficient Natural Resources - Energy: Hardwood Publishing Co. executive George Barrett writes about our latest energy crisis, saying the U.S. must increase domestic energy production from traditional sources.  (10/1/2008)

  When Localities Strike: City Health and Zoning Boards Can Make a Tough Job Tougher - Zoning: Local government zoning regulations can significantly impact pallet and sawmill businesses; a look at potential zoning restrictions and how to navigate the local red tape.  (12/1/2007)

  Power Shift – Democrats Win Big, What Does the New Congress Bring? - Power Shift: Democrats won big in the November elections, capturing control of both the House and Senate; what does the shift in power mean for the U.S. forest products industry?  (12/1/2006)

  Employer Responsibility Clarified When Immigrant Worker Records Don’t Jive - Immigrant Issues: Federal government to allow electronic documentation of key work authorization verification form, proposes rule to clarify responsibility of employers in case of discrepancy in records.  (8/1/2006)

  Letter to the Publisher: Do Away with Most Immigrant Labor - One reader takes a look at the somewhat confusing issue of immigrant labor.  (7/1/2006)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: The Challenge of Human Nature - The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is continuing its investigation although it remains to be seen if any more criminal charges will be filed against IFCO managers.   (6/1/2006)

  IFCO Raids Bring Immigration Law To Forefront - IFCO Immigration Raids: Federal officials arrest hundreds of illegal immigrants working at IFCO Systems plants in raids in 26 states; seven managers charged with helping undocumented workers falsify their identities.  (6/1/2006)

  Letter from Ed: Looking to the Government for Leadership? - Everyone seems to be looking to the government for a solution. But the problem is that even longstanding allies are divided about what is the best possible solution about the issue of illegal immigration.  (5/1/2006)

  Responsibility Starts Here — At the Polls - Cast an Informed Vote  (9/1/2004)

  Finding the Equilibrium Point - The momentum for tax cuts and reducing the size of the federal bureaucracy came to an end when President Bush announced his plan to develop a new Homeland Security Department.   (6/28/2002)

  Happy New Year in International Packaging - This year promises to be exciting on the export pallet front as the world move closer to a global standard. Dr. Brindley discusses the likely changes coming down the road.  (1/7/2002)

  Letter from Ed: Apathy — Freedom’s Kiss of Death - Our society runs more off symbolism than it does substance. I pray that most readers view their responsibilities more seriously and vote their convictions this November.  (10/1/2000)

  Letter from Ed: What’s Happening In the Woods? - U.S. government officials claim to have broken the gridlock on the forest debate, but what is the truth behind Clinton’s Northwest Forest Plan?  (3/1/2000)