News from the Construction Suppliers Association

July 11, 2018

We're Leaving NLBMDA. Here's Why...

By Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

Jim MoodyFor as long as anyone can remember, CSA has participated in the National Lumber and Building Material Dealer’s Association. Almost all the other regional LBM associations also participate. We all have a seat on the NLBMDA Board of Directors. NLBMDA’s role has been federal government affairs, both legislative and regulatory.

Also for as long as anyone can remember, the relationship between the regional associations and NLBMDA has been rocky. The reasons for that have changed from time to time, and there have been a few short periods of happiness, but generally there are always undercurrents of distrust and frustration.

The CSA Board has been particularly frustrated during the past four years or so. I have shared those frustrations many times with the NLBMDA Executive Committee and staff. We even invited the chair of NLBMDA to a CSA Board meeting to hear our concerns and for us to hear his rebuttals. From our perspective, we’ve given NLBMDA ample opportunity to address our concerns and make changes for the better. Yet nothing has changed.  READ MORE

Registration Now Open for Annual CSA Conference & Trade Show

Dealers, suppliers and those interested in the Advanced Estimating Course should keep an eye out for information coming in the mail about the 2018 CSA Annual Conference and Trade Show. Or check out everything online at

This year, we'll gather Sept. 19-21 at the beautiful Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort & Spa on the sugar-sand beaches of Florida's panhandle. Be sure to register and reserve your room early because we know the suites go quickly!

We've arranged excellent educational sessions during the conference, and you can check in with your suppliers or check out new vendors and the newest products at the Expo. Of course, we'll have social events everyone loves.

If you're interested in sponsorship opportunities, check online for a complete list of prices and options.

We'll have much more information for you in upcoming Blueprint and Framework issues, but you'll want to save the date and plan to attend this year's conference. Go ahead and register to save your spot. (Hurricanes and tropical storms have not been invited this year!)


Don't Get Pulled Over During 'Distracted Drivers Week'

By Victor Shell
CSA Director of Safety & Transportation

Victor ShellNext week -- July 15-21 -- is distracted drivers week, and law enforcement officers will be cracking down on both commercial and passenger drivers. You might see officers making stops at traffic signals, stop signs or convenience stores. They don't have to be at a checkpoint to stop your vehicle. If law enforcement officers believe your drivers appear distracted, they could issue tickets. Let’s pass the word around and stay vigilant.

What is distracted driving?
It can be as simple as eating or consuming liquids while driving. Some states recognize using mobile phones without a “hands-free” option as distracted driving. Georgia, for example, has just enacted tough new limits on how drivers can use mobile phones while operating a passenger vehicle.


New Drug Testing Forms for Drivers Now in Effect

By Victor Shell
CSA Director of Safety & Transportation

Victor ShellAre your testing facilities using the correct drug testing form for your drivers holding commercial driver’s licenses?

DOT regulated employers and their service agents (collectors, laboratories, Medical Review Officers) may not use the “old” CCF for DOT mandated drug test collections after June 30, 2018. We have now passed that deadline. Let’s be vigilant and proactive to ensure the testing facilities we use have updated their information.

For more information about what has changed, the adoption timeline and where to find the new forms, click below:


If You Have a Data Breach in Louisiana, New Reporting Laws Take Effect Aug. 1

To respond to the privacy and financial security concerns of its citizens, Louisiana has updated its laws governing reporting requirements after data breaches. The amendments go into effect on Aug. 1.

What do you need to know? 

The amendments:
• Expand the definition of personal information to cover additional sensitive and identifying information;
• Require entities to notify afected Louisiana residents within 60
days of discovery that a data breach had occurred;
• Modify the criteria for substitute notification;
• Impose requirements for the preservation of personal information, as well as data destruction.

If you have questions about data breach requirements, contact
Yeva Clark at 470-512-1788 or [email protected]


Georgia Updates Poster Outlining Unemployment Insurance for Employees

The Georgia Department of Labor has updated its Unemployment Insurance for Employees posting with a mandatory change. You should replace your old poster immediately.

The first change is to the website used to file claims online. The web address has changed and the poster gives the new one. The poster also includes an updated list of locations where claims can be filed in person.

Click below to access the new poster.



How to Freak Out the People You Work With

By Shari Harley, President
Candid Culture

If you want to freak out the people you work with, tell them, “We need to talk.” If you really want to freak them out, say those four magic words on a Friday, or even better, the day before someone goes on vacation.

“We need to talk” is rarely followed by, “and you’re awesome.” People know bad news is likely coming, and they’ll inevitably be on edge.

The antidote to asking for time to talk is to create opportunities to give feedback regularly.


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