We’ve Got Your Back (In your store and Washington, too)

May 2017—

One of the benefits of belonging to a team, club, group or association is that you’re usually among like-minded people and you’re often working toward a common goal.

Everyone plays their part in these gatherings, whether on a team, committee or board.

The Home Furnishings Association is no different. Retailers like you join the Association for a variety of reasons—they want to be part of a free buying group, get great rates on financing programs, receive discounts on a plethora of products/supplies/services they use on a regular basis, meet and learn from other retailers, or simply expand their networks.

Many members don’t even think about another benefit of membership—the Association’s advocacy efforts. The HFA is your advocate and resource in Washington, D.C. and across the country on regulatory and legislative issues that directly affect you and your business. We work with our Washington lobbyist and industry and national organizations and coalitions to affect change. We raise the voice of member retailers nationwide.

What does that mean exactly? It means we’re keeping tabs on everything from the border adjustability tax, online sales tax, and swipe fee reform to proposed container fee increases in California and furniture safety regulations.

It means members get the inside scoop and critical analysis of these issues and more. We educate, advocate, motivate and initiate—all on your behalf.

There are lots of great business organizations and associations out there doing lots of great work. The HFA partners with or is a member of some of them. But there is only one Association that is focused specifically on the needs of the home furnishings retailer—the HFA. We’re guided by the Government Relations Action Team, a volunteer group of retail members who are passionate about influencing the laws and regulations that affect your business.
These are just a few of the areas the HFA monitors:

  • Federal online sales tax
  • Employment/labor issues
  • Swipe fee reform
  • State and federal regulation of formaldehyde emissions and flammability in furniture
  • Furniture tip-over standards
  • California’s Prop 65 and TB117-2013
  • Mattress recycling
  • Tax and healthcare reform
  • Border adjustability tax

If you’re a member and are interested in working with the Government Relations Action Team, contact HFA’s government relations liaison, Lisa Casinger. If you’re not a member and want to learn more, visit our website for more information.

About the Author

Lisa Casinger

Lisa Casinger is the government relations liaison for HFA and the editorial director for RetailerNOW. Contact her at lcasinger@myhfa.org.