Check out a personal video message from keynote speaker Kevin O'Connor, host of This Old House to the lumber and building material community encouraging attendance at the ProDealer Industry Summit in Charleston, South Carolina from October 25-27.
Register today for the ProDealer Industry Summit, October 25-27, in Charleston, SC. The ProDealer Industry Summit is an exclusive, three-day educational and networking forum designed to promote the growth of lumber & building product dealers, distributors, wholesalers, and the manufacturers who supply them. LBM dealers will benefit from sharing insights and best practices with leaders in the industry in a relaxed, three-day format that encourages networking and personal interaction. Read more.
Click here to register and for full conference details.
The House of Representatives and Senate recently appointed negotiators to reach a final agreement on a comprehensive energy bill. NLBMDA supports a provision included in the House-passed version of the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act (H.R. 8) that would define the Department of Energy's (DOE) role in new model energy code development and guarantees that certain products and technologies are not given preferential treatment. Learn more here.
Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced the Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act (H.R. 5813), which would phase-in the increase of the Department of Labor's (DOL) Overtime Rule over three years and eliminate the automatic annual increases. As part of the legislation, the rule would incrementally phase in the new threshold over the next three years, beginning with a 50 percent increase this December, and 25 percent increases at the start of 2018 and 2019.
NLBMDA's Government Affairs team recommended a 3-year phased-in approach to the increase when it met with White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) about the overtime rule earlier this year and continued to stress this during meetings with Member's of Congress. NLBMDA remains a leading voice in the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, a coalition seeking to modify the drastic changes to overtime pay eligibility that will limit flexibility for workers. Learn more here.
Take action over the seven-week congressional break by meeting with your Members of Congress in the communities they represent. The Republican and Democratic National Conventions have added two weeks to the traditional summer recess. Both the Senate and House leave Washington, D.C. on July 15 and will not return until after Labor Day on September 6.
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. Read more
Ask Your Senators to Pass the Small Business Health Care Relief Act (S. 3060)
week, the House of Representatives passed the Small Business Health Care Relief
Act, which allows small employers the flexibility to offer pre-tax dollars to
help pay premiums and/or other out-of-pocket costs associated with medical care
and services. Specifically, the bipartisan legislation allows employers with
less than 50 employees to provide Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to
employees without being penalized.
Under an HRA, an employer can set aside pre-tax money to reimburse employees for premiums and other out-of-pocket expenses. The money cannot be deducted from an employee's paycheck, but HRA's allow employers to limit some spending on health care each year. Read more.