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The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) represents its members in the national public policy arena, with emphasis on efforts to 1) promote the industry and educate legislators and public policy personnel; and 2) assist legislative, regulatory, standard-setting and other government or private bodies in the development of laws, regulations and policies affecting lumber and building material dealers, its customers and suppliers. Founded in 1917, the association has over 6,000 members operating single or multiple lumber yards and component plants serving homebuilders, subcontractors, general contractors, and consumers in the new construction, repair and remodeling of residential and light commercial. www.dealer.org.

 

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NLBMDA Webinar Series: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Business

Posted By TJ Jacobs, Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Your company's website is a vital way to keep in touch with your customers, but it can also get your company in trouble if it isn't designed correctly. Around the country, plaintiff's lawyers are suing private companies for having websites that are inaccessible to people with disabilities. Civil rights laws like the ADA require that businesses offer people with disabilities the same access to content and information as everyone else- and failing to do so can result in serious fines and penalties. This webinar will arm participants with the information they need to avoid liability and prepare for the future. It will be presented by Ken Nakata, a former Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and who has specialized in accessibility for the last 24 years. Every employer needs to be aware of the new rule and how it will affect the LBM sector. Read more

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Take Action this Summer: Meet with Your Lawmakers over the Congressional Recess

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 14, 2016

Take action over the seven-week congressional break by meeting with your Members of Congress in the communities they represent. The Republican and Democratic National Conventions have added two weeks to the traditional summer recess. Both the Senate and House leave Washington, D.C. on July 15 and will not return until after Labor Day on September 6.

Now is a great time to contact your local House and Senate offices and invite them to tour your lumberyard. NLBMDA staff and your regional association executive are happy to help in providing you with the tools you need to engage your elected officials during the extended break. Read more

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Biz Lender Joins NLBMDA's Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 29, 2016
[WASHINGTON, DC - 6/29/16] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced today that Biz Lender is the newest member of the association's Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC). Biz Lender is the leader in providing working capital for businesses throughout the US. Looking at the strength of the business, and not personal credit score, Biz Lender helps when banks will not. From NLBMDA members expanding inventory or locations, to their customers who need more funds to purchase larger quantities of building supply products and lumber, every NLBMDA member can finance their customers through Biz Lender and receive a generous referral fee to grow a new revenue stream. Read more.

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NLBMDA ACTION ALERT: Allow Health Care Flexibility for Small Businesses

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 24, 2016
Ask Your Senators to Pass the Small Business Health Care Relief Act (S. 3060)

This week, the House of Representatives passed the Small Business Health Care Relief Act, which allows small employers the flexibility to offer pre-tax dollars to help pay premiums and/or other out-of-pocket costs associated with medical care and services. Specifically, the bipartisan legislation allows employers with less than 50 employees to provide Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to employees without being penalized.

Under an HRA, an employer can set aside pre-tax money to reimburse employees for premiums and other out-of-pocket expenses. The money cannot be deducted from an employee's paycheck, but HRA's allow employers to limit some spending on health care each year. Read more.

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Guardian Building Products Joins NLBMDA

Posted By TJ Jacobs, Tuesday, June 21, 2016
[WASHINGTON, DC - 6/21/16] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced today that Guardian Building Products is the newest member of the association's Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC). Guardian Building Products (GBP) is one of the lumber and building materials industry's most dynamic players. With 30 branch locations serving local markets and a dedicated team of direct sellers, GBP is an industry leading two-step distributor of building products servicing pro dealers across the nation. GBP offers a vast array of industry leading products including roofing, gypsum, insulation, siding, decking and millwork. Read more

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NLBMDA Pushes for Full Repeal of Health Insurance Tax

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 14, 2016
By Ben Gann, NLBMDA Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs 


As part of President Obama's health care reform bill passed in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) created a new tax on a type of health care plan offered by many small businesses, including lumber dealers. The health insurance tax (HIT) is levied against companies offering fully-insured plans that is then passed on to employers and employees in the form of higher premiums. 

The HIT first took effect in 2014 and was $8 billion. For 2015 and 2016, the tax is $11.3 billion annually.  Read more.

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Principia Consulting Joins NLBMDA's Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC)

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 10, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced today that Principia Consulting is the newest member of the association's Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC). The council is composed of the leading building material manufacturers and service providers serving the LBM industry. Principia is a leading research and consulting firm focused exclusively on the building materials and construction industry. For over 20 years, senior executives have trusted Principia for information, analytics and insights essential for better decision-making, faster growth, and greater profitability.  Read more.

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NLBMDA Regulatory Guidance: New Department of Labor Overtime Rule

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 31, 2016

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a new rule affecting the regulations on overtime pay: Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees.

What Changed?
The standard salary threshold for full-time salaried "white collar" workers (also referred to as executive, administrative or professional, or EAP, employees) is increased from $455 per week to $913 per week (or from the current annualized $23,660 to $47,476). This number is based on the 40th percentile of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census region (currently the South) and will be adjusted accordingly every three years. Read more.

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Registration Open for 2016 ProDealer Industry Summit

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The ProDealer Industry Summit, to be held at the Charleston Marriott in Charleston, South Carolina brings together 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. Read more.

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NLBMDA Disappointed with Final DOL Overtime Rule; Vows to Continue to Work Against Implementation of Poorly Constructed Policy

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 18, 2016
[Washington DC] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) is disappointed with a final rule announced today by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that will dramatically increase the number of employees eligible for overtime pay. Read more.

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