[Colorado Springs, CO- 10/29/2015] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) elected its new leadership team yesterday at the ProDealer Industry Summit in Colorado Springs, CO. At the association's annual meeting, the NLBMDA Board of Directors elected Scott Yates as the new chair of the association. Scott is president and general manager at Denver Lumber Company in Denver, Colorado and is replacing outgoing chair JD Saunders, president of Economy Lumber in Campbell, California. Read more.
[Colorado Springs, CO- 10/29/2015] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) was pleased to honor two of its members for their contributions to the association and the lumber and building materials industry during the NLBMDA Installation Dinner event last night in conjunction with the ProDealer Industry Summit being held in Colorado Springs, CO, October 28-30. 2014-2015 NLBMDA Chairman JD Saunders selected Woodie Acord, of Acord's Home Center in Arkansas, and John Somerville, President and CEO of Lumbermen's Merchandising Corporation, for this honor. Both were recognized during the NLBMDA Installation and ProDealer of the Year Dinner on Wednesday night. Read more.
[Washington DC- 8/27/2015] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) reiterates its full support for the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 1199), which would provide product liability protection in certain circumstances for lumber dealers that merely sell products, and did not manufacture or alter them. The bill was reintroduced in March in the House of Representatives and remains a top priority for NLBMDA. Read more.
On July 15, 2015, the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued an interpretation of how to determine if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor in relationship to the employer.
WHD assumes most workers are employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Because of ambiguities and vagueness in the statutory definition of this employment relationship, federal courts have fashioned a test for determining the status of a worker under the FLSA. The WHD Interpretation provides an analysis of the courts' economic realities test and the application of factors that the WHD will be used to determine if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. Read more.
[Washington DC-8/6/2015] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) welcomes reintroduction of legislation in the Senate reforming the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule. The Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act (S. 1987) was introduced yesterday by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and would reduce the burdens of the rule on the home remodeling and retrofit market, while maintaining protections for pregnant women and young children from lead hazards. NLBMDA continues working with lawmakers in the House and Senate to scrutinize EPA's implementation and enforcement of the rule. Read more.