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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 Regulatory Alert: DOL Finalizes "Persuader" Rule

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
On March 24, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final "persuader" rule broadening its scope and imposing new and more far-reaching reporting requirements on employers and their consultants. It is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2016, and will apply to arrangements, agreements, and payments.

Under the Labor-Management Reporting Disclosure Act (LMRDA), the persuader rule requires employers to report to DOL each time they engage a consultant to directly or indirectly persuade workers concerning their rights to organize and bargain collectively, regardless of whether the consultant has direct contact with workers. Historically, the advice of attorneys, however, has been exempt from the reporting requirements as privileged and confidential attorney-client communications, provided that 1) the attorney limits his or her services to advice, which the client is free to accept or reject, and 2) the attorney avoids direct communications with bargaining unit employees. Read full update.



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Dancik International Joins NLBMDA

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 23, 2016
[WASHINGTON, DC - 3/23/16] The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced today that Dancik International is the newest member of the association's Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC). Dancik International provides professional software, services and support to deliver fully integrated business management solutions to wholesale distribution, reseller and retail customers, large and small. Immersed in software delivery for over 35 years, their technical experts are thought leaders in business management solutions, and their innovative and flexible approach ensures long-term customer engagement. Dancik focuses on providing world class solutions for lumber, flooring, tile, plumbing, HVAC and building materials verticals. The Dancik team has one clear mission: to design and deliver high performance, integrated ERP solutions that enable dealer and distribution customers to source effectively, stock efficiently, sell profitably and service competitively. Read more.

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New Member Benefit: Environment, Health & Safety Resource Center

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 03, 2016

NLBMDA is pleased to announce the launch of the Environment, Health & Safety Resource Center, an online portal for NLBMDA members providing access to safety assessment resources relevant to the LBM sector. The EHS Resource Center is being launched with two safety assessment checklists developed by NLBMDA for use in LBM yards and LBM warehouses. These checklists, built upon the input of our membership and the members of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee, represent best practices for identifying potential hazards that can emerge in these settings. Read more.

 

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EPA Improves Recertification Process for Lead Rule

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 12, 2016

NLBMDA Advocated for Increased Use of Online Training  

[Washington DC- 2/12/16] - The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has announced revisions to refresher training requirements for renovators as part of the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program. The changes allow for online training every other recertification instead of every recertification. Renovators who take the online training will be certified for three years; renovators who take the hands-on training will be certified for five years. Read more.

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NLBMDA ACTION ALERT: DOL Needs to Fix Its Overtime Rule Proposal

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 09, 2016
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.

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NLBMDA Releases 2016 National Policy Agenda

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 03, 2016
[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.

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James Hardie joins NLBMDA's Manufacturers and Services Council

Posted By Laura DeMaria, Tuesday, February 02, 2016
[WASHINGTON, DC - 2/1/16] The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced today that James Hardie 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. "The entire James Hardie team is looking forward to working together with the NLBMDA and individual member companies in the months and years ahead to successfully capture the significant mutual growth opportunities ahead of us," said Robb Rugg, Vice President of Strategic Accounts for James Hardie. Read more.

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Combilift Joins NLBMDA's Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 27, 2016
[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 multi-directional 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.

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Arch Wood Protection Joins NLBMDA's Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 06, 2016
[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.

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NLBMDA Hails Year-End Legislation Passed By Congress

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, January 05, 2016
[Washington DC - 12/21/2015] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) welcomes action completed Friday by Congress and President Obama that will benefit lumber dealers. The legislation (H.R. 2029) had strong bipartisan support and includes the permanent extension of the Section 179 deduction, multi-year extensions of tax incentives for energy efficient improvements and bonus depreciation, suspension of the Health Insurance Tax (HIT), and continued relief from commercial trucking rules. Read More.

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