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If you are a small- to medium- sized woodworking business, do you really know how you stack up against other similar sized operations? Probably not, but we have developed a tool to help you do just that.
A cooperative project between the CMA and FDMC magazine, the annual CMA Benchmark Survey asks cabinet shop owners to answer a wide range of questions about their businesses and business practices. A summary report will be published in FDMC and the full results are available through the CMA.
The survey is available online here. It is set up to be easy to answer from your computer, tablet or smart phone. Investing a few minutes of your time helps you and the rest of the industry get a clearer picture of how small to medium-size shops stand today.
Can you ask for a waiver for workers’ compensation claims?
Question: Can the company request an employee, including a pregnant worker, to sign a waiver from liability, due to potential danger of on-the job injury sustained or harm sustained, at the hands of a mental health patient who is a resident of our facility? Would a request for waiver of liability expose the company to pregnancy discrimination, based on terms of employment, work conditions, or any other employment terms?
Response: We do not recommend requiring (or even requesting) that employees sign any sort of “release” or “waiver” against future workers’ compensation claims. If an employee sustains an injury or illness within the course and scope of his or her employment, generally he or she would be entitled to exercise his or her rights to file a workers’ compensation claim. An employee cannot be required as a condition of employment to waive this right (and even if he or she did sign such a waiver, we are not aware that it would enforceable). Certainly employees should be informed at the outset of employment or any time their position or duties changes of the nature of the job, and employers can take measures to ensure that employees are fit for the jobs for which they are hired or into which they are transferred, promoted, etc.. The employer must be careful when making inquiries about medical or health conditions, however, to avoid violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please see the guidance published at http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/guidance-inquiries.html and http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/preemp.html for information relative to when inquiries are, and are not, permitted under federal law.
The employer must of course ensure that it protects the safety and security of its employees (although admittedly some risks may not be able to be avoided, such as those that may occur at the hands of mental health patients who may exhibit unpredictable behavior, and with whom employees may work or come into contact). The employer certainly should consult with its workers’ compensation and general liability carriers relative to these risks and how best to protect employees who are exposed to them.
Regardless, the employer should not single out women who are pregnant for any special treatment in the workplace. Federal and state discrimination laws prohibiting the employer from discriminating on the basis of pregnancy. In this regard, the employer cannot and should not assume that women who are pregnant are any less capable of performing their duties than any other employee who is not pregnant, nor should the employer speculate or assume that pregnant employees are at greater risk of exposure to “potential danger of on-the-job injury.” Unless and until an employee indicates that she is or may be unfit for duty due to her pregnancy and/or is not able (or does not want) to continue to perform her job duties (and in either situation the employer can require that she present documentation from her physician to support her assertion), the employer should not speculate or assume that a woman who is pregnant requires any special treatment in the workplace. To do so (regardless of any benevolent intent) creates significant exposure to the employer for a pregnancy discrimination claim and thus is ill advised. The employer should further avoid speculating or assuming that an employee may become injured at work based on her pregnancy as this, too, can create exposure to the employer for discrimination and/or retaliation claims, as noted. To the extent the employer requires employees to sign documents relative to risks in the workplace (such documents should be drafted by counsel to ensure they are valid and enforceable), this should be required of all employees, not just women or those women who are pregnant.
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Premier EuroCase is proud to announce the recent release of their new UltraMatte acrylic collection. Available starting March 2016 as part of Premier’s innovative Reflekt product line, UltraMatte’s flawlessly smooth and silk-like finish has the same enhanced surface properties as their popular high-gloss collection.
The matte acrylic sheets are produced by Austria-based Senosan using a proprietary manufacturing process. The four-ply sheets are ingeniously engineered to be UV stabilized, anti-fingerprint, and highly scratch and chemical resistant. Executed with the utmost precision in a climate-controlled Class 100 cleanroom, the acrylic is applied to a premium MDF core using PUR lamination technology and reviewed under 30 degree inspection lights. These advanced capabilities and cleanroom conditions guarantee substrate impurities do not impede the surface which makes UltraMatte the best matte acrylic on the market.
“The decision to expand the Reflekt product line was simple after we were impressed with the initial samples and knew it would exceed expectations of designers looking for a high-quality matte acrylic,” Andy Wilzoch, President of Premier EuroCase said. “We’ve already received excellent feedback from industry professionals and we can’t wait to get this incredible product into our customers’ hands.”
Available in seven classic tones, UltraMatte will elevate the level of sophistication in any space with an elegance you can feel. The unique style and durable surface creates a lasting aesthetic perfect for interior spaces such as cabinets, closets, vanities, store fixtures and office environments. UltraMatte panels and finished components with matching laser edgebanding can be ordered in sizes up to 4’x8′ and range from 1/4″ to 3″ in thickness. Samples of UltraMatte can be requested on http://www.premiereurocase.com/samples.
About Premier EuroCase
Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Premier EuroCase is a privately-held, full service panel processor that has been specializing in laminating, manufacturing, and innovating since 1987. For more information, visithttp://www.premiereurocase.com.
TigerStop has launched Tiger Shop, a weekly blog that aims to empower manufacturers to be globally competitive. The new blog will include information and recommendations on “best practices” for growth and efficiency and will include news, how-to-guides, industry insights and forecasts. Tiger Shop will be published each Tuesday following the inaugural entry posted on January 13, 2016.
Tiger Shop will include articles on technologies that increase shop efficiency, guides for adding automation and lean principals, and it will include stories of successful practices from TigerStop customers in the wood, metal and plastic industries. Content will come from within the company as well as from some notable guest bloggers and will focus on building a successful business that can compete globally and source locally.
“Now, more than ever, you need to be smart, and work more efficiently with what you have,” says Spencer Dick, TigerStop Founder and CEO. “We are here to share best practices, educational materials, and advice from the front lines. And most importantly, to learn with you.”
Tiger Shop blog posts will be shared on multiple platforms including social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Future blog topics include “How to cut costs from your supplier” and “Wood cost projections for 2016.”
TigerStop was founded in 1994 by Spencer Dick, who as the owner of a thriving manufacturing business, became frustrated with the inherent inefficiencies of his machine operators stopping to reset and recalibrate whenever they were cutting material to various lengths. Spencer also noticed that regardless of how carefully material was measured, the end results were always of slightly different dimensions. He founded TigerStop to automate the cutting process so that exact and accurate parts, whether wood, metal or plastic, would result each and every time.
TigerStop, LLC is a global leader in automated stop/gauge and pusher systems under the TigerStop and SawGear brand names. Headquartered in Washington State, TigerStop is a U.S. manufacturer of products for the fenestration, cabinet, furniture, construction, electronics, plastics and metalworking industries. TigerStop has a second manufacturing and distribution facility in Wierden, Netherlands, a distribution network spanning six continents, and product support in five languages. TigerStop products easily integrate with existing equipment to help optimize and improve the accuracy of all lineal cutting processes. To view videos and testimonials or to request a quote, please visit http://www.tigerstop.com or phone 360-254-0661.
ShopBot Tools, one the largest makers of digital fabrication tools in the U.S., has announced the public launch of the ShopBot Desktop MAX. The Desktop MAX joins ShopBot’s array of CNC tools used in prototyping, full production cutting, carving, machining, and milling in a variety of materials, including wood, MDF, plastics, foams, and soft metals. ShopBot’s CNC tools deliver professional power and precision typically associated with more expensive CNC tools.
Jeanne Taylor, ShopBot’s Director of Marketing, noted, “The design and production of the ShopBot Desktop MAX was inspired by ShopBot’s customers. One of our most popular tools is the ShopBot Desktop — recently named Best Mid-Size CNC by MAKE magazine. People have been asking us to make a larger version for working easily with bigger pieces of material — that’s the Desktop MAX.” The Desktop MAX features a 24″ x 36″ work bed, twice that of the ShopBot Desktop. “It’s twice the size but NOT twice the price,” Taylor said. The Desktop MAX sells for $9,090 and is available by calling ShopBot at 888-680-4466.
Kevin Putvin, Lead Engineer of the Desktop MAX, said, “Larger items such as a guitar neck will fit easily onto the work bed. That’s a nice feature. Also, the tool has a removable bed which allows you to perform a variety of end-machining processes.”
The Desktop MAX features a dual-motor gantry design, providing impressive stability and precision. The full specs of the tool can be found at ShopBotTools.com.
ShopBot Tools is celebrating its 20th year in 2016, continuing to live their mission of making digital fabrication tools widely accessible and user-friendly. ShopBot’s CNC routers deliver the power, precision, and reliability of tools traditionally costing thousands of dollars more.
ShopBot is one of the largest producers of digital fabrication equipment for small-to-mid sized manufacturing, DIY, and education markets. The company also provides unparalleled support for its user community, with forums, production support services, and specialized training classes. All ShopBot tools are designed, built in, and supported from ShopBot’s Durham, NC, headquarters.
The Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA), the national trade association for those who make machinery, cutting tools and supplies for the woodworking industry, has announced the publication of an ANSI standard that is considered essential to many segments of the industry.
The ANSI standard O1.1-4, entitled O1.1-4 (2015) Safety Requirements forShapers for the Woodworking Industry has been published by ANSI.
The standard is available for purchase on the ANSI website http://www.ansi.org/; however, members of WMMA are entitled to receive a complimentary copy upon request. Any WMMA member may receive the official request form by e-mailing WMMA Associate Director Jennifer Miller at Jennifer@wmma.org.
In addition, those who are interested in volunteering to help with the development and maintenance of important industry standards are asked to join the Accredited Standards Committee O1 by contacting Jennifer Miller as shown above.
Additional contact information for WMMA headquarters office is as follows:
9 Newport Drive, Suite 200
Forest Hill, MD 21050
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