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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 Files Comments on Review of EPA Lead Rule

Posted By Peter Coetzee, 18 hours ago

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) recently submitted comments to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) regarding its examination of the Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA). The rule regulates renovations of homes built before 1978. Its significant economic impact on small businesses requires EPA to review it within ten years of enactment and explore options for reducing compliance costs. 

Click here to learn more about NLBMDA's comments.

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NLBMDA Calls for Reform to the New Overtime Rule

Posted By Peter Coetzee, 18 hours ago

Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced the Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act (H.R. 5813), which would phase-in the increase of the Department of Labor's (DOL) Overtime Rule over three years and eliminate the automatic annual increases. As part of the legislation, the rule would incrementally phase in the new threshold over the next three years, beginning with a 50 percent increase this December, and 25 percent increases at the start of 2018 and 2019.

NLBMDA's Government Affairs team recommended a 3-year phased-in approach to the increase when it met with White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) about the overtime rule earlier this year and continued to stress this during meetings with Member's of Congress. NLBMDA remains a leading voice in the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, a coalition seeking to modify the drastic changes to overtime pay eligibility that will limit flexibility for workers.

Learn more here.

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NLBMDA ACTION ALERT: Allow Health Care Flexibility for Small Businesses

Posted By Peter Coetzee, 18 hours ago

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. 

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The Murkin Group Joins NLBMDA's Manufacturers and Services Council

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 2, 2016
NLBMDA is proud to announce that The Murkin Group is the newest member of our Manufacturers and Services Council. The council is composed of the leading building material manufacturers and service providers serving the LBM industry. The Murkin Group specializes in national commercial debt recovery, delivering the highest recovery returns in the LBM industry by specializing in conducting field and onsite investigations, asset and liability investigations, working the pre-lien and lien process, as well as utilizing a fast action commercial recovery process. Click here to learn more about The Murkin Group

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Dealers Choice Distribution Joins NLBMDA's Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 2, 2016
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced today that Dealers Choice Distribution 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.  Read more here

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

Posted By TJ Jacobs, Wednesday, August 3, 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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