9/10/2015 » 9/11/2015
CSA Annual Meeting
10/17/2015 » 10/19/2015
2015 Do it Best October Market,
10/28/2015 » 10/30/2015
2015 NLBMDA ProDealer Industry Summit
11/4/2015 » 11/5/2015
North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA)
11/4/2015 » 11/5/2015
LMC Forest Products & Building Material Expo 2015
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July 2015 Green Update
The ProDealer Industry Summit will be held at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado with top LBM leaders, manufacturers, and industry experts from across the country who are ready to address the tough lumber and building material market. The ProDealer Industry Summit is an exclusive three day educational and networking forum designed to promote the growth of lumber & building product dealers, distributors, wholesalers, and the manufacturers who supply them. LBM dealers will benefit from sharing insights and best practices with leaders in the industry in a relaxed three day format that encourages networking and personal interaction.
To learn more about the 2015 ProDealer Industry Summit and to take advantage of the early bird registration rate, click here.
Now is the time to take action in your local districts and schedule meetings with your Members of Congress during its annual August Recess. Both the Senate and House leave Washington, D.C. in a few weeks. The House of Representatives leaves July 30. The Senate leaves August 7. Both chambers will return to Capitol Hill on September 8. Read more.
NLBMDA advocates everyday on behalf of the lumber and building material (LBM) dealer industry on Capitol Hill and with federal regulators. NLBMDA is your voice in Washington, D.C. on public policy issues affecting the building supply industry. To ensure that NLBMDA is focused on the legislative, code and regulatory issues that are significantly impacting your business, we need your help. We ask that you take a few minutes to complete an online survey and let your voice be heard. Upon completion you will automatically be entered to win 1 of 3 FREE registrations to attend the NLBMDA ProDealer Industry Summit from October 28-30, at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs! The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, July 24.
On July 6, the Department of Labor issued a proposal to set new salary thresholds for purposes of determining exempt and nonexempt workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime pay protections. The rationale is that the current levels for white collar worker exemption of $455 per week ($23,660/year) and for highly compensated worker exemption of $100,000/year total annual compensation are too low. NLBMDA regulatory staff and the Regulatory, Codes and Standards Committee are reviewing the proposal in detail. Comments to be filed with the Department of Labor are due September 4, 2015. Read more.
The Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 1199) was reintroduced by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) on March 2, and would reduce the instances where lumber dealers, and other retailers, are subject to unfair and unfounded product liability lawsuits. NLBMDA has led the charge on this issue.
These abusive lawsuits are a burden on our nation's small businesses, often hindering their ability to do business. Currently the average legal costs ensued by building suppliers with $1 million in annual sales top $17,000 per year, costs that are ultimately passed on to the consumer, driving up the cost of homebuilding. Read more.