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NLBMDA Goes Virtual - Registration is Open! Take Action:  Urge Congress to Pass Phase 4 COVID Relief Package

The ProDealer Industry Summit is going virtual! The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of our traditional in person event but we remain committed to providing a forum to deliver critical information and educational opportunities to the lumber and building material dealer community. As result, NLBMDA is happy to announce that it will be hosting a new virtual experience and registration is now open!

Limited Time Only: Member Registration is Only $99!
For a limited time only, the registration fee will for NLBMDA Members be $99. No promotional code is necessary. Don't wait, this promotion only lasts until Friday, September 25 register now !

Take Action:  Urge Congress to Pass Phase 4 COVID Relief Package

The Senate is working to craft their version of a Phase 4 COVID relief bill. The House has already passed their version several weeks ago and included NLBMDA-backed priorities such as expansion of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. NLBMDA is working to lobby the Senate on these priorities and urge members to use our grassroots action center to weigh in with their elected officials on LBM industry priorities. 

NLBMDA recently sent a letter to the Senate detailing these, which include:

  • Scale-back expanded unemployment benefits and incentivize return to work;
  • A strong employer liability protection system;
  • Expansion of SBA loan funding, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP);
  • Expansion of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC);
  • Increased access to PPE and testing;
  • And more.

Click here to take action now.

NLBMDA Sends Letter to White House on High Lumber Prices

NLBMDA sent a letter to President Trump urging him to address the critical issue of skyrocketing lumber prices. The price of lumber has been increasing significantly especially over the past several months and NLBMDA urged the Administration to take steps and alleviate the problem for both dealers and the residential construction industry.
 
In the letter, NLBMDA identifies the 80% increase in lumber prices and while the COVID-19 pandemic played a role, these prices and the rate of increase is not sustainable.
 
NLBMDA urged the Administration to work with domestic producers to ensure production is at capacity to meet demand, along with a reemphasis on negotiating a renewed Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) with Canada. Staff will be working to meet with officials at the Department of Commerce to reemphasize the urgency of resolving these unsustainable prices.

To read the full communication from NLBMDA, please click here.

NLBMDA Applauds Congressional Letter to OSHA on Crane Rule Material Delivery Exemption

Key members of the House of Representatives sent a NLBMDA-backed letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt requesting that the agency preserve the material delivery exemption in the 2010 Crane and Derricks in Construction rule and revoke its 2016 Letter of Interpretation (LOI) which effectively repealed the material delivery exemption.

The Congressional letter was led by Representative Ron Wright (TX-6) who serves on House Education and Labor Committee and the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. It was also signed by Reps. Fred Keller (PA-12), Greg Gianforte (MT-AL), Scott Perry (PA-10), Tom Tiffany (WI-7), Jim Baird (IN-4) and Bob Gibbs (OH-7). The letter was supported by NLBMDA’s federated state and regional associations and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

To read the full communication from NLBMDA, please click here.

IRS and Treasury Department Issue Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferral Order

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Treasury issued guidance which implements President Trump’s executive order signed on August 8 allowing employers to defer withholding and payment of the employee’s portion of the Social Security tax.

According to the IRS, employers can defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of payroll taxes on wages paid starting Sept. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020.

The employee payroll tax deferral applies to any employee whose pretax wages or compensation are less than $4,000 during a bi-weekly pay period, with each pay period considered separately. No deferral is available for any payment to an employee of taxable wages of $4,000 or above for a bi-weekly pay period.

To read the full NLBMDA communication, please click here.

Construction Industry Safety Coalition Updates Guidelines on COVID-19 Response

The Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) has issued updates to its guidance for construction employers and employees on COVID-19 exposure prevention, preparedness, and response. The plan details steps on how to prevent worker exposure to COVID-19, protective measures employers can take on the job site, recommendations on personal protective equipment and work practice controls, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and what to do if a worker becomes infected with COVID-19.
 
As a reminder, NLBMDA has compiled federal guidance and resources in the NLBMDA COVID-19 Action Resource Center. For questions, please contact Kevin McKenney at kevin@dealer.org.

CDC Issues Guidance on Limiting Workplace Violence Associated with COVID-19

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance for retail employers which provides strategies to limit violence towards workers that may occur when businesses put in place policies and practices to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 among employees and customers.
 
Workers may be threatened and assaulted as businesses try to put into place COVID-19 prevention policies and practices (e.g., mandatory use of masks, social distancing, and limits on the number of customers allowed in a business). These threats and assaults can come from customers, other employees, or employers.

To read the full communication from NLBMDA, please click here.

 

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