Registration is open for NLBMDA's Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference which will take place from April 18-20, 2016 at the Renaissance DuPont Hotel in Washington, D.C. This conference is an incredible opportunity to remind leaders of the importance of our industry and advance the advocacy agenda of NLBMDA. More information.
Ask Your Representative to Contact Labor Secretary Thomas Perez
The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposal last summer that would significantly alter existing overtime rules by raising the salary level under which employees qualify for overtime pay from $455 per week ($23,360 annually) to an estimated $970 per week ($50,440 annually). DOL is expected to issue a final proposal in July. NLBMDA encourages all members to take action by visiting the NLBMDA Legislative Action Center and ask their Representative to contact Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and urge DOL to reconsider the proposed changes to employees eligible for overtime pay. Read more.
The U.S. Senate could vote on key amendments at any time to the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012). NLBMDA is seeking inclusion of two amendments to the overall bill. The first is an amendment to ensure more accurate mortgage underwriting for energy-efficient home features by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The second is an amendment that guarantees any model energy code endorsed by the Department of Energy (DOE) not have a payback period greater than 10 years. Read more.
[WASHINGTON, DC - 2/1/16] The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) today released its 2016 National Policy Agenda giving focus to the lumber and building material industry's legislative and regulatory priorities.
"NLBMDA stands ready to work with policymakers on job creation and sound fiscal policies that support a healthy housing market," said NLBMDA Chair Scott Yates, President and General Manager of Denver Lumber Company in Denver, Colorado. "The 2016 National Policy Agenda provides a framework for streamlining government regulations, reducing abusive lawsuits, and maintaining workforce flexibility needed for sustained economic growth." Read more.
[WASHINGTON, DC - 1/27/16] The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced today that Combilift USA is the newest member of the association's Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC). Combilift is a specialist forklift and straddle carrier manufacturer producing a wide range of customized handling solutions, all of which are designed for the safe, space saving and very productive handling of long and awkward products. Combilift offers lift capacities ranging from 3,200 lbs. to 180,000 lbs. with a variety of customized attachments available. The Combilift's multidirectional capabilities and its ability to handle both long and short products offers a host of possible applications for the lumber and building materials industry. Read more.
[WASHINGTON, DC - 1/6/16] The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced today that Arch Wood Protection, Inc. is the newest member of the association's Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC). Arch Wood Protection, Inc. is a leader in the evolution of wood preservation - from growing its early markets and developing its best known brands to investing in R&D that has since created cutting-edge technologies. Arch licenses production of some of the most respected brands of pressure-treated wood, including Wolmanized® pressure-treated wood now with revolutionary BARamine® technology and Dricon® fire retardant treated wood as well as AntiBlu® mold-protection products and industrial products. Read more.