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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 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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NLBMDA Praises Permanent Injunction to the Labor Department's "Persuader Rule"

Posted By Peter Coetzee, Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A federal district court in Texas has issued a permanent injunction blocking the Obama administration's pro-union "persuader rule." The rule required law firms to publicly disclose work they do for employers surrounding union organization efforts. This permanent injunction followed a temporary injunction issued by the same court in June 27 where the court agreed that the Obama administration's Labor Department exceeded its authority by eliminating the statutory exemption for legal advice placed in the underlying law by Congress.

Click here to read NLBMDA's full report

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NLBMDA Post-Election Webinar

Posted By Peter Coetzee, Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The NLBMDA government relations team is holding a FREE members only Post Election and Washington Update webinar for members only on Wednesday, December 14 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET. This webinar is a terrific member benefit, and you aren't going to miss out on this spirited discussion, so make sure to register today!

To register and learn more click here 

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2016 NLBMDA Election Recap

Posted By Peter Coetzee, Tuesday, March 14, 2017
In a stunning result, defying many pollsters and conventional wisdom, businessman Donald Trump (R) defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) to be elected the 45th President of the United States. Although Clinton is likely to win the popular vote by a narrow margin, Trump's unexpected strength in states bordering the Great Lakes provided the margin of victory for the Republican.

Trump's strength at the top of the ticket helped Republicans win most of the close Senate and House races, and come January, Republicans will have control of the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives for the first time in 10 years.

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NLBMDA Advocacy Update: United States & Canadian Softwood Lumber Agreement

Posted By Peter Coetzee, Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) between the United States (U.S.) and Canada expired on October 12, 2015. There was a one-year cooling off period where neither country was allowed to engage in litigation on the issue. That cooling-off period expired on October 12, 2016. The U.S. Lumber Coalition, an alliance of softwood lumber producers in the United States, has expressed support for a new agreement but in a recent statement suggested it may have "no choice but to move to initiate trade cases against unfairly traded imports from Canada."

At the center of the dispute is the claim that the Canadian lumber industry is unfairly subsidized by its federal and provincial governments, as most timber in Canada is owned by the provincial governments. The prices charged to harvest the timber (stumpage fee) are set administratively, as opposed to in the U.S. where prices are set mostly through the competitive marketplace. American lumber producers, as well as the U.S. government, claim this constitutes an unfair subsidy, and is thus subject to U.S. trade remedy laws, where foreign goods benefiting from subsidies can be subject to a countervailing duty tariff, to offset the subsidy and bring the price of the commodity back up to market rates.

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NLBMDA Honor Two Outstanding Members in Charleston

Posted By Peter Coetzee, Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) was pleased to honor two of its members for their contributions to the association and the lumber and building materials industry during the NLBMDA Installation Dinner event on October 25 in conjunction with the ProDealer Industry Summit being held in Charleston, SC, October 25-27.

2015-2016 NLBMDA Chairman Scott Yates selected Walter Foxworth, of Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Company, and Gary Nackers, Vice President of Do It Best Corporation, for this honor. Both were recognized during the NLBMDA Installation and ProDealer of the Year Dinner on Tuesday night.

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