News from the Construction Suppliers Association

October 10, 2018

Reunited (And It Feels So Good): We’re Back in NLBMDA

Jim MoodyBy Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

So, our departure from the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA, aka the association with too many letters in its acronym) was as short-lived as Tennessee’s hopes that a new coach would change their football fortunes.

After we gave notice of our leaving, the NLBMDA leadership asked if they could address the CSA Board of Directors. Of course, we welcomed them in, and they spoke to us just prior to the annual meeting in Destin.

What we expected to hear was a plea to come back. What we never expected to hear was “we listened to you; we think what you said has merit; we are already making some changes and want to make more.”


CSA Nominating Committee Names Board Selections for 2019

The CSA Nominating Committee met in September to determine a slate of officers and directors for the association. The following were nominated:

  • Chair-Elect: Will Lummus, Lummus Supply, Atlanta, GA.
  • Associate Chair: John Spencer, Huttig, Jackson, MS.
  • Georgia Board Member: Westley Harbin, Harbin Lumber Co., Lavonia, GA
  • At-Large Board Member: Ann Marie Miller, New Home Building Store, Columbus, MS
  • At-Large Board Member: Wendy Stine, Stine, Sulphur, LA
  • Associate Board Member: Warren Reeves, Wholesale Wood, Dothan, AL


Why Reporting ‘Near Misses’ Is Like Swiss Cheese

Michael SniderBy Michael Snider
CSA Regional Manager of Safety & Transportation

Have you ever tripped on something at work but caught yourself before you fell down a flight of stairs or into a cantilever arm or otherwise barely avoided disaster?

In the world of industrial safety, that's known as a "near miss." OSHA defines a near miss as "an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness or damage -- but had the potential to do so."

You might ask, "No one was hurt, so why are we talking about this?"

We're talking because it happens all the time and has far-reaching consequences.


New Notice Requirement for Fair Credit Reporting Now in Effect

Effective Sept. 21, 2018, employers and background check companies must begin using the following two amended model Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) disclosure notices:

The Summary of Consumer Rights is a summary of rights to obtain and dispute information in consumer reports and to obtain credit scores. The Summary of Consumer Identity Theft Rights is a summary of rights of identity theft victims.

The notices were updated because the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act requires consumer reporting agencies to provide national security freezes to consumers at no cost.

The interim final rule mandates that when FCRA requires an individual to receive the Summary of Consumer Rights Under FCRA notice, the Summary of Consumer Rights Identity Theft notice must also be included.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the agency overseeing this requirement.

Employment Eligibility Webinar is Scheduled for Oct. 11

By Yeva Clark
CSA Director of HR & Workforce Development

It's time for part two of the employment eligibility webinars! The next webinar will provide an overview of the E-Verify system.

This webinar is essential for all company representatives who are involved in hiring and employment verification. After attending this webinar, you will have a solid knowledge of:

  • E-Verify & why it's used
  • Typical E-Verify case results and what they mean.

I'll be presenting the webinar, but Katie Bodiford is organizing it. Don't be surprised if you see Katie's name on the registration materials.

  • What? E-Verify Webinar
  • When? Thursday, Oct. 11
  • Time? 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern; Noon to 1 p.m. Central.
  • Cost? Free for CSA members; $79 for non-members; you must register to participate

Once you register, you'll receive webinar access information. If you have questions, contact Katie Bodiford at 678-674-1860 or [email protected]


BisTrack Users Group Scheduled to Meet in October

The BisTrack Users Group is scheduled to meet again on Oct. 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Peachtree City, Ga. Cost for CSA members is $249; Non-members are $350.


What You Need to Know About the Recent Facebook Hack

By Beth Ziesenis
Your Nerdy Best Friend

Another day, another security breach. But this time it’s with the ubiquitous Facebook, and the breach may end up involving other apps that let you login with Facebook.

Here’s a summary of what you need to know.

What Happened?

Back in December, Facebook noticed a spike in unusual Facebook access. Last week they identified that because of a combination of factors and vulnerabilities related to Facebook’s “View As” feature, hackers were able to steal personal data from 50 million users, which equals about 2.2% of their 2,23 billion of their monthly active users.


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