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NLBMDA Applauds Senate for COVID-19 Relief Bill – Includes QIP Fix

[WASHINGTON D.C.] – The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s passage of a $2 trillion relief package late Wednesday night, which contains several programs to assist businesses, including the NLBMDA-backed Qualified Improvement Act (QIP) fix.

“NLBMDA applauds the Senate for taking this important step to stabilize the U.S. economy and provide relief to American businesses and workers,” said Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President & CEO. “In particular, we are pleased that the Senate took our recommendations on loans for small businesses and the qualified improvement property fix, which NLBMDA members have been pushing Congress for. This speaks to the strength of NLBMDA’s voice in Washington and the influence the LBM industry has. Our work is not yet done, and we will continue to work on behalf of the industry for important economic solutions to ensure dealers, workers, and all in their supply chain can safely and effectively prevail.”

NLBMDA is continuing to engage with Congress and other industry stakeholders as this legislation now moves to the House of Representatives.  

Department of Labor Announces First Guidance on Paid Leave

[WASHINGTON] – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employers about requirements for emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave established by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). As a reminder, the FFCRA requires all employers with fewer than 500 employees to offer up to 12 weeks of paid leave for absences related to COVID-19. Requirements are subject to 30-day non-enforcement period for good faith compliance efforts.
You can find a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and Questions and Answers documents on our webpage COVID-19 Resource Center

The guidance – provided in the fact sheets and Questions and Answers document – addresses critical questions, such as how an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage; how small businesses can obtain an exemption; how to count hours for part-time employees; and how to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law.

Click here to read the complete member alert

NLBMDA Call to Action: Contact Members of Congress to Pass Stimulus Package

NLBMDA sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to include several industry priorities as part of any economic stimulus legislation, which could be voted on at any time. To assist its direct lobbying efforts, NLBMDA has set up a grassroots campaign for members to contact their elected officials. Specifically, NLBMDA is supporting the following provisions in the stimulus bill:

  • Establish a minimum 4% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) rate;
  • Temporary payroll tax elimination;
  •   Increase the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 7(a) loan program by $50 billion;
  • Allow investors to utilize FHA 203(k) loans;
  • Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) Fix.

NLBMDA urges all of its members and industry stakeholders to take action now and contact their member of Congress. 

Click here to contact your member of Congress today

NLBMDA Issues Statement on Federal Guidance Protecting the LBM Industry As "Essential" 

[WASHINGTON] – The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) issued the following statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) guidance document aimed at protecting the LBM industry. NLBMDA had sent a letter to both the President and Congressional leadership urging that the lumber and building material (LBM) dealer industry be designated as “essential.” 

“This is a big win for our industry. NLBMDA has been working over the past week to educate federal policymakers about why the LBM industry is essential to both the economy and the COVID-19 response. We are pleased to see that the Administration, through DHS, has agreed with our association and included those who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, such as lumber, in their definition of essential critical infrastructure workers,” said Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President & CEO. “In lobbying the Administration, we made the case that LBM dealers are critical to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic through supporting the residential and commercial construction sectors, selling vital cleaning and disinfection products, and supplying well-paying jobs. NLBMDA will now work with our Federated Associations to ensure that state and local governments properly implement this federal guidance and keep LBM dealers’ doors open."

Click here to view the full statement 

NLBMDA Issues Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic and Congressional Response

[WASHINGTON] – The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) issued the following statement regarding the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and Congress’s relief efforts.

“As the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, NLBMDA remains open and is dedicated to ensuring the safety and health of employers and employees in the lumber and building material industry,” said NLBMDA President & CEO Jonathan Paine. “NLBMDA has been closely monitoring Congress and their response to the pandemic. NLBMDA has already taken steps on behalf of the LBM industry to ensure a proper balance between protecting workers and the viability of businesses. In addition, NLBMDA calls on public officials to acknowledge that building material dealers operate ‘essential’ businesses to the community and as such, should be protected against any mandatory closures.”

NLBMDA is continuing to engage with Congress and other industry stakeholders as the situation unfolds. NLBMDA will continue to update members on COVID-19 and the Congressional relief measures. Furthermore NLBMDA will be issuing additional guidance to its members in the coming days. Click here to view the press release

NLBMDA Spring Meeting & Legislative  Conference Cancelled

After careful consideration, dialogue with key stakeholders and legal counsel, as well as considerable evaluation of the evolving concerns surrounding COVID-19, the NLBMDA Board of Directors has decided to cancel the Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference, scheduled to take place March 23 – 25 in Washington, DC. This was an extremely difficult decision and one that the board did not take lightly.

The ongoing spread of COVID-19 has resulted in mounting concern over health safety, along with increased travel advisories and government health warnings. The DC Mayor’s Office issued a health advisory this week recommending that non-essential gatherings, including conferences and conventions, be postponed or cancelled through March 31. In addition, the U.S. Capitol announced yesterday that it is closed to the public until April 1. With this information and directive, it became clear that the most responsible path forward is to cancel.

NLBMDA will be sharing more information regarding registration fees and sponsorships in the coming weeks. We encourage anyone who has booked hotel room reservations at the Westin City Center Hotel to contact the hotel immediately to inform them of your changed travel plans.

Click here to read the full statement to conference attendees 

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