News from the Construction Suppliers Association

August 23, 2017

Do You Know Your Applicants? Why Pre-Employment Checks Are Critical

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

Hiring new employees comes with many challenges. It's important to find the right candidate with the proper qualifications to do the job, but you can’t use the interview process alone in making your decision. You should also verify the accuracy of information provided by candidates by means of a pre-employment background check.  Relying on instinct alone is not enough.

Employers perform background checks for many reasons. The most obvious reason is to verify employment qualifications. Organizations want to hire highly qualified people who will help grow their business, and past performance is a good indicator of future performance. Calling references is a great way to find out what type of candidate you're considering.

At a minimum, conducting a background check and reference check will confirm whether information provided by an applicant is true and accurate and help distinguish the good performers. Also, advertising your background screening requirements can encourage honesty in the application and interview process and discourage applicants who have something to hide.

Avoiding injury is another very important reason to do pre-employment background checks. READ MORE

CSA to Merge with the Oklahoma Lumberman's Association

The CSA Board of Directors is pleased to announce plans to merge CSA and the Oklahoma Lumbermen’s Association, effective Jan. 1, 2018. The CSA board voted for the merger on Aug. 15, 2017 at a joint meeting with the OLA board.

The CSA name will remain the same, and the headquarters will remain in Tyrone, Ga. CSA will gain a field office in Oklahoma City, and OLA's Executive Director will join the CSA staff as Oklahoma Regional Director.

One of the three at-large seats on the CSA Board will now be designated for Oklahoma, to be consistent with CSA's current convention of having one seat designated for each state. The size of the Board will remain at 13 people.

OLA has a 70-year history of serving its members. The programs and services provided to members have been meaningful, and the finances are stable. An association-sponsored health insurance program ended last December, however, and the loss of that revenue stream led the OLA Board to explore its options. That Board decided that while there was still enough money to keep the doors open, the ability to remain meaningful to members was in doubt.      READ MORE

Hotel Deadline Extended to Aug. 29 for CSA Annual Conference & Expo

The deadline to reserve your hotel room at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa has been extended until Aug. 29. Make your reservations now!

Call 800-228-3000 and request the special CSA rate of $199.

Click here to access the hotel's online reservation page and to read more about the hotel.

Fifth Generation Takes the Helm at New Home Building in Mississippi

New Home Building Generations


The generations celebrate the success of New Home Building in Columbus, Miss. From left: Nathan Chilcutt-4th generation, Ann Marie Chilcutt-5th generation, Ben Chilcutt-3rd generation, and Jack Chilcutt-4th generation.

When Ann Marie Chilcutt dusted the shelves at her father's store when she was three years old, she didn't expect to be running the place later in her life. Here she is, however, poised to take over the business from her father, representing the fifth generation of the family to lead New Home Building in Columbus, Miss. She's also the first woman to lead the company.

"When I came back to the business three years ago," she said, "I knew nothing about the building materials industry, except for the Habitat for Humanity houses I'd built from the ground up."

Arriving with limited practical experience in the business, Ann Marie had a steep learning curve, but her father has provided time and instruction to help her learn the business.


Considering Joining the New HR Roundtable? Deadline is Aug. 31

The new HR Roundtable will meet for the first time this fall and twice a year going forward. We've had a positive response, but we need to know by Aug. 31 if you're interested in attending or sending your HR & personnel staff members.

As part of the roundtable, your staff members will learn about HR best practices from industry experts and have the opportunity to share and learn from their peers. Don’t miss out on this meaningful opportunity that combines an educational component with the chance for your staff members to build relationships with people who do the same things they do.

Click here for more information and to let us know you're interested by August 31, 2017.

Pregnant New Hire -- Is It OK to Terminate Her Employment?

Federated LogoQuestion: We hired a new employee about a week ago and now she is telling us that she is four months pregnant. She did not disclose this during the hiring process. The manager wants to terminate her employment. What are the possible ramifications if we terminate her? It looks as if she was seeking employment for health benefits only.  READ MORE

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