RCAW Roofing Report October 2019 Print

Notes from the Editor.

2020 will usher in big changes in the RCAW some of those changes will be discussed in this newsletter.

First, we are introducing the RCAW/CleanTech Benefits Trust that can be accessed by all of our member companies. The RCAW has been really active in negoting this program the CleanTech Alliance in conjunction with the independent broker for the program,  Conover Insurance. They already have over 350 members in the alliance.  If you are interested in getting a quote for your benefits for 2020, open enrollment is now.  THIS INSURANCE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO RCAW MEMBERS. Any member  company wanting to make use of this insurance please contact Steve Roberts for a quotation. He can be reached at:

  • Conover Insurance
  • Street: 155 108th Avenue NE, Suite 725, Bellevue, WA  98004 | Mail: P.O. Box 90007, Bellevue, WA 98009-9007
  • Direct: 425-777-4646 | Office: 425-455-5000 | Fax: 888-355-0612
  • Email: [email protected]


This plan has been structured with top insurers and is a complete package.  It gives the small and medium sized business a leg up to offer the same benefits you might get with a large company, at affordible prices, due to the size of the trust.  Attract and retain employees with this great program offered to RCAW Members ONLY!

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membeR resourCe advantAge reWards

The Roofing Contractors Association of Washington is working with its corporate members and many local and national third-party vendors to bring a new program to its membership called membeR resourCe advantAge reWards.

While the majority of the membeR resourCe advantAge reWards will debut with renewals on January 1, 2020 - there are two parts of the program which are available to members today.  This includes our cornerstone RCAW/CleanTech Healthcare Trust, providing valuable insurance and security solutions exclusive to RCAW members and their employees which include – multiple medical plans, dental, vision, life and an EAP.  This program has been designed to negotiate more desirable coverage at competitive association group rates, giving our members both deep cost savings on benefits and better benefits that will help to attract and retain employees in a tight labor market.  The other reward debuting early is via Podium.  Podium is an all-in-one messaging platform which will help you collect reviews, get found online, and communicate with customers—all via text. Interact with customers at any touchpoint no matter the channel. Improve Business Ratings. Attract More Customers. Get More Reviews. Respond to Reviews.  It is a powerful platform to turn leads into sales and sales into referrals, all while helping your staff be more connected.  They are offering RCAW members some amazing early-bird discounts.

membeR resourCe advantAge reWards is truly a win-win for our members bringing another return on your investment of dues and support of the Roofing Contractors Association of Washington.  Stay tuned for more benefits to come.

For more information contact:

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Welcome New Members

35+ Years of Industry Leadership - Since its founding more than three decades ago, Atlas Roofing Corporation has developed and launched countless innovative, quality roofing products.


We at Best Roofing company believe in working with excellence, patience and commitment. Our goal is to provide you with the best of services and get it right, for the first time itself. This saves both your time and money. Best Roofing company provides you with best roofing services in the area, including “commercial roofing,” “residential roofing” and “multi-family roofing.”


Chinook has a dedicated staff whose sole responsibility is to make sure each and every customer is 110% happy with their experience. We carry the highest level of certifications and accreditation in the industry.  Chinook Roofing is what you value and respect in a roofing and gutter contractor. We know what to focus on and how to build that into a unique customer experience.


Our new partner in the RCAW Benefits Trust, the CleanTech Alliance represents 300 member organizations spanning ten U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. Founded in 2007 by business and cleantech leaders, the Alliance facilitates the generation and growth of cleantech companies and jobs through a variety of educational programs, research, products and services.

  • Contact:  J. Thomas Ranken, President & CEO
  • O 206-389-8655 | C 206-890-8387 | [email protected]


Supporting the RCAW/CleanTech Benefits Trust with insurance broker services - Conover Insurance is committed to simplifying your life and business by doing the work for you. As an independent broker, staying knowledgeable and proactive in the marketplace, as well as having relationships with industry leading carriers, we are able to provide unique options and customized plans tailored to fit your needs.

  • Contact:  Steve Roberts, Account Executive
  • 425-777-4646 | 425-455-5000 - [email protected]


Humble & Davenport Insurance Brokers has been
in business since 1986.  Bob Davenport joined the agency in 1990 and Scott Humble in 1993. Bob and Scott took over the family agency in 2004 when Doug Humble retired. We have continued to grow the agency and still strive to maintain a gold level of customer service.

  • Auto Insurance
  • Business Insurance
  • Homeowner's Insurance
  • Life, Health & Dental Options
  • We Support Our Community!
  • We Maintain a Fun Work Environment
  • Eco-Friendly & Sustainable
  • Gold Level of Customer Service!



At Valentine Roofing, our mission is to serve and care for our neighbors.During my years working in the industry, I witnessed the difficulty and frustration some experienced in hiring a roofing contractor. So I started Valentine Roofing in 2008 to create a better way to buy a roof and a better kind of roofing company—one that truly focused on the customer experience. I wanted to make buying a roof simple, stress-free and transparent and provide my customers with true peace of mind.  We like to say, “Get three bids, just make sure one of them is Valentine Roofing!” The reason we say this is because we expect to earn your business in a respectful way, by educating you. We always put our best price forward right from the start and we provide on-the-spot estimates within an hour.

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Calendar of Events

November 14, 2019 Board Meeting - DoubleTree Tukwila

December 6, 2019 - RCAW Holiday Gala & Toy Drive for Toys for Tots - sign up by clicking here.  


February 21, 2020 - The RCAW 5th Annual Trade Show 


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Community Service

Stop Use Notice For Self-Retracting Life Lines

On August 23, 2019, Honeywell Industrial Safety issued a STOP USE NOTICE regarding the mandatory removal of the Miller MightEvac and MightyLite self-retracting lifelines from use. The notice only affects the models listed in Table 1 of the notice, with identified manufacturing dates or recertification dates between October 27, 2016 and October 6, 2018. Models outside of this date range, including new units, are not affected by this notice.

There have been issues identified with potentially non-conforming brake components in certain models. If your department owns any of these items, please tag the equipment to prohibit use and follow the return and repair directions outlined in the Honeywell/Miller notice.

You can view this notice via the Internet at:  Read the entire Stop-Use Notice here. Or at:


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IBA Weekly Report

What Your New $684/wk. Over- time Exemption Rule Effective On 1/1/2020

Your small business will likely be affected by a new rule just adopted by theU.S. Department of Labor for salaried Executive, Administrative, Professional, and Outside Sales workers who also meet the “duties tests” and must currently be paid $455/week ($23,660/ year) to be exempt from overtime pay. On 1/1/20120 they must be paid $684 per week ($35,568/year), a 50% increase, and meet the “duties test” to be exempt from overtime pay under the new rule.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced its final rule on September 24, 2019 to increase the overtime exemption salary from $455/wk. to $684/wk. The Department estimates the new rule will affect 1.3 million American work- ers.

"For the first time in over 15 years, America's workers will have an update to overtime regulations that will put overtime pay into the pockets of more than a million working Americans," Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella said. "This rule brings a commonsense approach that offers consistency and certainty for employers as well as clarity and prosperity for American workers."

"Today's rule is a thoughtful product informed by public comment, listening sessions, and long-standing calculations," Wage and Hour Division Ad- ministrator Cheryl Stanton remarked. "The Wage and Hour Division now turns to help employers comply and ensure that workers will be receiving their overtime pay."

The final rule updates the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative, professional, or outside sales workers from the FLSA's minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, and allows employers to count a portion of certain bonuses (and commissions) towards meeting the salary level. The new thresholds account for growth in worker earnings since the currently enforced thresholds were set in 2004. In the final rule, the Department explains that:

  • Raising the total annual compensa- tion level for "Highly Compen- sated Workers (HCE)" from the currently enforced level of $100,000 to $107,432 per year;
  • Allowing employers to use nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) that are paid at least annually to satisfy up to 10 percent of the standard salary level, in recognition of evolving pay practices; and
  • Revising the special salary levels for workers in U.S. territories and in the motion picture
  • The Department has not made any changes to the duties tests for the EAP
  • Periodically increasing the thresh- old salary by rulemaking to keep up with current

The Department estimates that 1.2 mil- lion additional salaried workers will no longer be exempt from overtime pay as a result of the increase to the standard salary level. The Department also esti- mates that an additional 101,800 work- ers will be entitled to overtime pay as a result of the increase to the Highly

Compensated Workers (HCE) compen- sation level. More information about the final  rule is available at: https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime2019

For answers to frequently asked questions go to (copy and paste to your browser): https://www.dol.gov/whd/ overtime2019/overtime_FAQ.htm

For a Small Entity Compliance Guide go to (copy and paste to your browser): https://www.dol.gov/whd/ overtime2019/ overtime_complianceguide.pdf

The Wage and Hour Division's (WHD) mission is to promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the Nation's workforce. WHD enforces Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor require- ments of the FLSA. and a number of employment standards and worker pro- tections as provided in several immi- gration related statutes.

The mission of the Department of La- bor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

This is a Link to the full IBA report

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