News from the Construction Suppliers Association

January 24, 2018

Start the New Year with a Free HR Audit

Yeva DucasBy Yeva Ducas, SHRM-CP
CSA Director of HR & Workforce Development

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays as much as I did.

I came back to work ready to tackle employment challenges in 2018, and am very pleased to announce that CSA has launched another benefit for its members – free HR audits!

Why are we offering this service now? And why do you need to schedule an audit?

If you read my article late last year about changes to employment law, you know we had to deal with substantial changes in 2017. And if we thought that 2017 was an eventful year in HR, 2018 may turn out to be just as lively, requiring businesses to pivot quickly to comply with new laws and regulations.


OSHA Increases Fines for 2018

Victor ShellBy Victor Shell
CSA Director of Safety & Transportation

OSHA, along with other Department of Labor agencies, will see an increase in penalties beginning in January 2018. The Department of Labor published its final rule revising civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced in the regulations for 2018. The Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015 requires the Department to adjust its assessed penalty levels no later than Jan. 15 of each year.

Click READ MORE to see OSHA’s adjusted penalties after Jan. 2, 2018.

 CSA Contact Information Update

With the merger of CSA and the Oklahoma Lumbermen's Association, you might need to contact staff members at a new location. Here's where you'll find our staff.

CSA Corporate Headquarters
Address: 120 Handley Road, Suite 610, Tyrone, GA 30290
Phone: 678-674-1860

  • Jim Moody, President
  • Katie Bodiford, Director of Education & Membership
  • Yeva Ducas, Director of HR & Workforce Development
  • Victor Shell, Director of Safety & Transportation
  • Kristin White, Manager of Administrative Services

CSA Oklahoma Office
Address: 5421 SW 27th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73128
Phone: 405-602-5384

  • Karen Baker, Oklahoma Regional Director

Remember: You can always find CSA at

Georgia Motor Carrier Outreach Planned for Bryan County on March 1

Victor ShellBy Victor Shell
CSA Director of Safety & Transportation

CSA members in Georgia are invited to join me and members of GMTA’s Savannah Chapter, the Safety & Security Council and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of Georgia’s Department of Public Safety for a truck safety inspection and driver outreach in Bryan County on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Inspection teams will meet at 9 a.m. at the Georgia scales near Pembroke (I-16 eastbound, at MM #144) to begin the morning activities. Our friends from the Motor Carrier Compliance Division will be on hand to answer questions about vehicle safety. This will also be the time to get some of those confusing questions about ELDs answered. So, if you are a Georgia motor carrier and want to know how to prepare your vehicles for roadside inspections, here is your chance to learn and participate.

If you have questions, contact Victor Shell at [email protected] or 678-674-1860.

2018 Georgia Legislative Session -- Update 1

By Katie Base Roberts
Director of Governmental Affairs
Fiveash Stanley, Inc.

katie robertsGovernor Nathan Deal delivered his final state of the state address, and recounted the successes during his tenure. He mentioned stabilizing the HOPE Scholarship, instituting criminal justice reform, providing for additional revenue for transportation infrastructure and making Georgia a top place for business and film.

The General Assembly closed to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and adjusted its schedule to accommodate bad weather in Atlanta, suspending budget hearings. A normal workweek is expected beginning Jan. 22.

Here are some of the issues we will be watching during this year's session:


How to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents

Federated LogoAlthough it varies by industry, claims made by businesses for slip and fall accidents account for more than 20 percent of general liability claims each year, and have an average payout of more than $20,000.Every business has the potential to experience these incidents, but the retail and commercial industries are often prime targets for slips and falls, most likely due in part to their frequent interaction with the public.

Likewise, certain times of the year also seem more prone to slip and fall incidents, such as colder months and the autumn and winter holidays. The causes definitely vary, but three particular circumstances commonly increase a business’s risk.


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