Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 29, 2018
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies
The Company self-insures our product liability, automotive, workers' compensation, and general liability losses up to $250 per occurrence. Catastrophic coverage has been purchased from third party insurers for occurrences in excess of $250 up to $60,000. The two risk areas involving the most significant accounting estimates are workers' compensation and automotive liability. Actuarial valuations performed by the Company's outside risk insurance expert were used by the Company's management to form the basis for workers' compensation and automotive liability loss reserves. The actuary contemplated the Company's specific loss history, actual claims reported, and industry trends among statistical and other factors to estimate the range of reserves required. Risk insurance reserves are comprised of specific reserves for individual claims and additional amounts expected for development of these claims, as well as for incurred but not yet reported claims. The Company believes that the liability of approximately $1,602 recorded for such risk insurance reserves is adequate as of December 29, 2018.
As of December 29, 2018, the Company has provided certain vendors and insurers letters of credit aggregating $11,736 related to our product purchases and insurance coverage of product liability, workers' compensation, and general liability.
The Company self-insures our group health claims up to an annual stop loss limit of $250 per participant. Historical group insurance loss experience forms the basis for the recognition of group health insurance reserves. Provisions for losses expected under these programs are recorded based on an analysis of historical insurance claim data and certain actuarial assumptions. The Company believes that the liability of approximately $1,772 recorded for such group health insurance reserves is adequate as of December 29, 2018.

The Company imports large quantities of fastener products which are subject to customs requirements and to tariffs and quotas set by governments through mutual agreements and bilateral actions. The Company could be subject to the assessment of additional duties and interest if it or its suppliers fail to comply with customs regulations or similar laws. The U.S. Department of Commerce (the "Department”) has received requests from petitioners to conduct administrative reviews of compliance with anti-dumping duty and countervailing duty laws for certain nails products sourced from Asian countries. The Company sourced products under review from vendors in China and Taiwan during the periods selected for review, and it is at least reasonably possible that the Company may be subject to additional duties pending the results of the review. The Company accrues for the duty expense once it is determined to be probable and the amount can be reasonably estimated. On March 16, 2018, the Department published updated results, which were finalized upon the completion of review of appeals in April 2018. Based on final results, our liability was reduced to $2,446. The Company recorded income of $3,829 in fiscal 2018, which is included in Cost of Goods Sold on the Company's condensed consolidated Statement of comprehensive income (loss). In fiscal 2017, the Company recorded an expense of $6,274 based on our initial assessment of this matter.

As previously disclosed, the Company had ongoing litigation with MinuteKey. In view of the Company's agreement to acquire MinuteKey (see Note 5 - Acquisitions of the notes to consolidated financial statements for additional information) , the parties filed a joint motion in the direct court on June 7, 2018 requesting that the district court hold all decisions on post-trial motions in abeyance pending the closing of the acquisition. The district court granted the motion on June 12, 2018 and stayed the proceedings. Following the completion of Hillman Group's acquisition of MinuteKey, the parties filed a joint motion on September 11, 2018 to lift the stay, vacate the Court's judgment, and dismiss the case, including all pending post-trial motions. The court granted the motion on September 12, 2018, closing the district court case.
MinuteKey moved to voluntarily dismiss its appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on October 1, 2018, and the Court of Appeals granted the motion and dismissed the appeal on October 4, 2018. This dismissal ends all litigation between the Hillman Group and MinuteKey.
In addition, legal proceedings are pending which are either in the ordinary course of business or incidental to the Company's business. In the opinion of the Company's management, the ultimate resolution of the pending litigation matters will not have a material adverse effect on the consolidated financial position, operations, or cash flows of the Company.