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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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Building Gurus Joins NLBMDA's Manufacturers and Services Council

Posted By Peter Coetzee, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association announced today that Building Gurus 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.

Building Gurus is the premier retained executive search firm for residential building product manufacturers and distributors. Building Gurus works exclusively with privately held, often private equity backed building product companies that are poised for growth and are looking to position their business for scale or sale and need proven building products executives who can hit the ground running and add profit to the bottom line quickly.

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release. 

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Take Action: Meet with Your Lawmakers over Spring Break

Posted By Peter Coetzee, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Take action over the two-week congressional spring break by meeting with your members of Congress in the communities they represent. Congress is taking its traditional break around Easter and will be back home until April 24. 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.

Please click here to read more and learn about advocacy activities you can engage in. 

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NLBMDA Hosts Succesful Legislative Conference

Posted By Peter Coetzee, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) hosted its 2017 Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference last week, March 27-29. In addition to NLBMDA members meeting with congressional offices on Capitol Hill, other highlights of the meeting included political analysis from political commentator and author Matt Lewis, speeches at the Washington Briefing Breakfast by Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and a congressional reception in the Rayburn Congressional Office Building.

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release. 

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NLBMDA Regulatory Update: New Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

Posted By Peter Coetzee, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on November 14, 2016. The new form, referenced with its publication date 11/14/2016, will become mandatory on January 22, 2017, replacing the current form dated 03/08/2013. The new form is available in a new "smart" form version or standard PDF form here. The new form has a planned expiration date of August 31, 2019. According to USCIS, the "changes are designed to reduce errors and enhance form completion using a computer".

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full regulatory update.

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NLBMDA Praises House Approval of the REINS Act

Posted By Peter Coetzee, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) praises the approval today of the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (H.R. 26) by a vote of 237 to 187 in the House of Representatives. The legislation increases accountability and transparency in the federal regulatory process by requiring Congress to approve all major rules before taking effect. As part of the bill, a "major rule" means any rule, including an interim final rule, that the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget finds has resulted in or is likely to result in the following:

  • An annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more;
  • A major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, federal, state, or local government agencies, or geographic regions; or

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release on this important legislation. 

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NLBMDA Announces New Leadership Team for 2016-2017

Posted By Peter Coetzee, Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) elected its new leadership team at the ProDealer Industry Summit in Charleston, SC. At the association's annual meeting, the NLBMDA Board of Directors elected George Lester as the new Chair of the association. George is Chair and CEO at The Lester Group in Martinsville, Virginia and is replacing outgoing chair Scott Yates, president and general manager at Denver Lumber Company in Denver, Colorado. 

"Over the years I have learned that those elected officials in the halls of power are elected by us - they are our employees, and they want to hear what's happening in the real world, outside the beltway," Lester said. "There's going to be compromise - that's democracy. But if we don't talk, then they won't hear us. And it's our responsibility to raise our voice."

Click here to read the full press release

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NLBMDA Regulatory Alert: Grade Stamps Certified by the American Lumber Standard Committee

Posted By Peter Coetzee, Tuesday, March 14, 2017
NLBMDA has received information from the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) regarding a stamp observed in Southern California.  It is not a stamp of an ALSC-authorized ALS agency.  
 
You may also find a list (dated June 2016) provided by the ALSC regarding the rules certified as conforming to the American Softwood Lumber Standard, PS20, as well as the typical grade stamp of accredited agencies.  The document also provides a guide for interpreting grade stamps.
 
If you observe any non-complying marks or have any questions, feel free to contact Frank Moore, NLBMDA Regulatory Counsel at frank@dealer.org.

Please click here to view NLBMDA Regulatory Alert.

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NLBMDA Scores a Victory as Congress Passes Legislation on Small Business Healthcare Accessibility

Posted By Peter Coetzee, Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) praises the passage today in the Senate of the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), which includes a provision backed and advocated by NLBMDA addressing small business health care affordability. Included in the larger medical innovation bill is the Small Business Health Care Relief Act, whichprotects small businesses from Internal Revenue Service (IRS) penalties and provides needed flexibility for business owners to assist their employees with health insurance premiums and healthcare expenses.

Click here to learn more about the passage of this important legislation.

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NLBMDA Regulatory Update: What's Next for the DOL Overtime Rule?

Posted By Peter Coetzee, Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Department of Labor's (DOL) Final Overtime Rule has been put on hold with a temporary injunction issued by a Federal District Court Judge on November 22, 2016. The rule was scheduled to go into effect on December 1. The court will next consider the underlying merits of the two cases brought against the Final Rule. In the meantime, there is also the possibility that Congress will address this issue during the injunction period. With a new Administration, the Department may choose to not vigorously defend the Final Rule. Employers who have already raised the pay for certain employees in order to retain their exempt status will likely find it difficult to reverse that decision; however, employers may find it possible to put on hold or reconsider reclassification of employees from exempt to non-exempt.

Please click here to read a full breakdown of the court injunction and what this court action means for employers. 

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NLBMDA Breaking News: Court Ruling Halts DOL Overtime Rule

Posted By Peter Coetzee, Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Yesterday, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction halting the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) controversial Overtime Rule from taking effect nationwide on December 1. NLBMDA applauds the prudent action taken by Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The temporary injunction means that the rule will not go into effect until the case is resolved or the injunction is lifted by the judge. As a result, the ruling delays the December 1 implementation from taking place as planned next week. The DOL will likely appeal the injunction. Currently there is no timeline for the case to move forward.  

Click here to read NLBMDA's full report. 

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