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January 23, 2019

CSA Brings You a 2019 HR Forecast

Yeva ClarkBy Yeva Clark, SHRM-CP
CSA Director of HR & Workforce Development

This time of year, I find myself reflecting on the previous year and looking forward to what lies ahead, both personally and professionally. Although you might not be interested in my personal reflections, my thoughts on the changing HR landscape just might help you out.

During the past several years, it seems that the legal environment for HR has been nothing short of tumultuous. In keeping with my tradition and to help you navigate this year, I want to share some of the highlights I see coming in 2019 with you:

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First 2019 HR Deadlines Approaching

The first of the year brings HR filing deadlines for healthcare insurance and, if your company is large enough, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports. Here are the March deadlines for both:

March 2 -- Affordable Care Act Form 1095

The ACA Form 1095 is due to individuals no later than Mar. 4 to verify their healthcare insurance coverage for tax year 2018.
      
• Paper filing with IRS: Due on Feb. 28, 2019.
• Electronic filing with IRS: Due on April 1, 2019.
• Link: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-18-94.pdf

March 31 -- EEO-1 Report Due

Companies with 100 or more employees or Federal government contractors and first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees and at least $50,000 in contracts must file their 2018 EEO-1 reports with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee no later than Mar. 31. This deadline has been extended from Jan. 31.

If you have further questions, please contact Yeva Clark at 470-512-1788 or [email protected]

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Give Your Sales Staff the Tools to Perform Like Rock Stars

You can give your sales staff the sales and estimating skills they need to help grow your business with cost-effective CSA training. CSA is offering the “Nuts & Bolts of Lumber and Building Material Sales” in a variety of locations in 2019, followed by the two-day "Basic Estimating Course" and the one-day "Advanced Estimating Course."

The Nuts & Bolts Course helps participants combine their product knowledge with sales and customer service skills, as well as teaching the concept of project selling. Participants learn about margins and how profits are really made. It’s an eye-opening workshop that benefits both new employees and the most seasoned industry veterans. The classes are only $189 and include all materials, a lumber reference manual and lunch.

The Basic Estimating Course consists of two days of instruction on residential construction methods, blueprint reading, material take-off, package selling and bid presentation. Attendees receive hands-on experience using an actual set of working drawings. Member workshop fee is $450.

The Advanced Estimating Course is designed to provide a better understanding of residential framing, as well as increased efficiency in completing material estimates for its participants. The class goes beyong basic house design and focuses on the difficult areas of completing framing take-offs. The course is designed for personnel familiar with residential construction methods and fundamental material take-off concepts. It is a perfect next step for those completing the Basic Estimating Course. Member workshop fee is $450.

January 2019
Nuts & Bolts -- Jan. 22 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Basic Estimating -- Jan. 23-24 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Advanced Estimating -- Jan. 25 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

April 2019
Nuts & Bolts -- April 23 in Jackson, Miss.
Basic Estimating -- April 24-25 in Jackson, Miss.

September 2019
Basic Estimating -- Sept. 10-11 in  New Orleans, La.

Be sure to take advantage of these great training opportunities!

You can register online at your convenience. We'll provide registration links two months before the sessions. Registration for the April sessions is live now!

Questions? Contact Katie Bodiford at [email protected] or 678-674-1860.

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Store Manager Roundtable Kicks Off on May 8 in Dothan, Ala.

This new CSA Store Manager Roundtable will hold its first meeting on May 8 and 9. Current and prospective store managers are invited to join the group.

This Roundtable is a 3-year, master-level program whose ultimate goal is to help your employees learn to increase sales. Meetings occur twice yearly and include a yard tour and detailed critiques.

Participants' experience levels vary, but the discussions are valuable to all participants, regardless of their years in business.

The Roundtable faciliatator is Ken Wilbanks, a professional educator and coach. With more than 40 years experience in this industry, Ken offers insights and creative solutions that help organizations establish and maintain a competitive edge.

For more information, contact CSA Manager of Member Services Cindy Edgar at [email protected] or 770-301-3713.

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OSHA 300 Report Due Online by Mar. 2

Provisions in OSHA’s new rule for reporting illness and injury data require that employers file their 2018 data online by March 2. Employers should report information that they already record using the new OSHA reporting site.

OSHA believes that changes in its rules will improve safety for workers across the country by “nudging” employers to focus on safety. More attention to safety, OSHA reports, will help save the lives and limbs of many workers, and will ultimately help the employer’s bottom line. Finally, this regulation will improve the accuracy of this data by ensuring that workers will not fear retaliation for reporting injuries or illnesses.

The rule also includes penalties for failing to report OSHA 300 data. Companies may be fined up to $10,000 per year for each year the information is not submitted.

Do you have questions? Contact Victor Shell at (470) 514-6729  or [email protected]

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2019 Georgia Legislative Session -- Update 1

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

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The legislature convened for the first day of the 2019 session on Monday, Jan.14.  The largely organizational day culminated with the swearing-in of Governor Brian Kemp, other constitutional officers, and newly elected members of the House and Senate.

As the week concluded, everyone was settling into their new positions.  Gov. Kemp vowed unity and unveiled his priorities during three major addresses: his inauguration speech on Monday, his address to the business community on Wednesday and his first State of the State report on Thursday.  Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan was calm and determined as his presided over the Senate.  And newly sworn-in legislators took to the podium during morning orders to speak their minds.

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