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News from the Construction Suppliers Association

February 13, 2019

CSA Offers Three Programs to Improve Your Business

Jim MoodyBy Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

Here at CSA World Headquarters in beautiful downtown Tyrone, we spend a lot of time talking about providing value to members. You pay dues, and you deserve a fair return on that investment. Hopefully, we are doing that through our regular flow of industry information, safety and HR services, government affairs and a wide variety of useful documents on our website. All of those things are free to members.

Those who get the most return on their membership investment, however, are the ones who go a step farther and participate in other programs and services. For instance, we offer a bunch (that’s a very specific scientific quantification meaning “lots”) of seminars, webinars, and group experiences that are aimed at growing sales, improving operations and reducing risk. These are not included in membership dues because everyone doesn’t choose to participate in everything, but we do keep in mind that you’ve already paid membership dues when we set pricing.

We have three groups that have meetings coming up soon, and I want to make sure all members know about them because they can help you do business better.

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Second Store Manager Roundtable Forming Now; First Meeting in May

The new Store Manager Roundtable has been so popular that we've added another group. For a number of reasons, we make sure that competing companies aren't in the same group.

The new CSA Store Manager Roundtables will hold their first meetings on May 7-8 or May 9-10. Current and prospective store managers are invited to join.

As Jim pointed out in his column this week, "Our experience with these groups in the past has been incredible growth in margin from stores that had managers participating."

The Roundtables are 3-year, master-level programs whose ultimate goal is to help your employees learn to increase sales. Meetings occur twice yearly and include yard tours 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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What You Need to Know About Using E-Verify During a Gov't Shutdown

E-Verify is one of the government services that is affected by shutdowns. E-Verify was unable to process requests during the last shutdown and is now trying to respond to the backlog of requests. They have asked businesses to continue to submit requests, but have asked for patience as they respond.

With that in mind, no one is sure what might happen this Friday, as the government may have another partial shutdown. During shutdowns, employers are not able to use the E-Verify system to create or resolve cases. Employers must hold cases until the system is back up. The system shutdown, however, does not affect an employer’s responsibility to verify employment eligibility. Employers should follow Form I-9 guidelines as usual.

For questions or more information, contact Yeva Clark at 470-512-1788 or [email protected]

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Sales Training Scheduled in April for Mississippi 

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 Jackson, Miss., followed by the two-day "Basic Estimating Course" and the one-day "Advanced Estimating Course." All courses will be held in April.

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.

April 2019
Nuts & Bolts -- April 23 in Jackson, Miss.
Basic Estimating -- April 24-25 in Jackson, Miss.
Advanced Estimating -- April 26 in Jackson, Miss.

You can register online later this month.

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

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ACA Deadline Approaching; EEOC-1 Deadline Extended

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 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

May 31 -- EEO-1 Report Due (Extended from March 31)

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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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 2

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

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Following a start-and-stop beginning to the 2019 session because of weather and recess days, business under the Gold Dome is now humming along at its typical pace.  In the first full week, legislators convened four days and introduced over 225 pieces of new legislation.  Nearly every committee and subcommittee met at least once.

Last Thursday, the House and Senate agreed to an adjournment resolution that covers the duration of the session.  Crossover Day -- the critical deadline for legislation to be adopted by its originating chamber -- will occur on legislative day 28, scheduled for March 7.  Leadership projects the last day of session (day 40) will be April 2. Click on "Read More" for bills affecting our industry.

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