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11/4/2015 » 11/5/2015
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Register for the 2015 ProDealer Industry Summit

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.

NLBMDA Reiterates Innocent Sellers Fairness Act as a Top Legislative Priority

[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.

 REGULATORY UPDATE: Department of Labor's Wage and House Division Issues Interpretation on the Identification of Employees Who Are Misclassified as Independent Contractors

 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.

NLBMDA Commends Senate Reintroduction of Bill Reforming EPA Lead Rule

[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.

Take Action - Invite Members of Congress to Your Lumberyard!

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.

Department of Labor Proposes to Increase Exempt Status Salary Thresholds

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.

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