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News from the Construction Suppliers Association

February 27, 2019

Luxury Home That Floats, Adjusts to Rising Sea Levels, Withstands Storms

Jim MoodyBy Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

Every week, I read quite a bit of research and information about our industry and the industries that affect us. I try to share interesting items with you as Framework has space.

This week, I saw an article by Amy Dobson on Forbes.com. It was about a luxury home on display at the Miami Yacht Show, an unlikely source for home design I'll admit. I thought you might enjoy reading about a new concept for residential construction that floats on water, travels at speeds up to 7 knots, adapts to changing climate conditions and withstands hurricane force winds. Click the link below to access the article.

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New Store Manager Roundtables Forming Now; First Meetings in May

We have had such a positive response to forming a new Store Manager Roundtable that we've added another group. Who's eligible? Current and prospective store managers are invited to join.

For a number of reasons, we make sure that competing companies aren't in the same group. We'll make sure you are included in the best group for you.

The new CSA Store Manager Roundtables will hold their first meetings on either May 7-8 or May 9-10, depending on the group.

To sign up, contact CSA Manager of Member Services Cindy Edgar at [email protected] or 770-301-3713.

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Sales Training Scheduled in April for Mississippi 

Sales ChartYou 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 Mississippi courses will be held the week of April 23.

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 Forms Due to Individuals by Mar. 4

The first of the year brings HR filing deadlines for healthcare insurance:

March 4 -- 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

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


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 3

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

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As the legislative session continues, enough legislation has passed out of committees to allow the House and Senate to pass a small number of measures each day. Despite the start-and-stop beginning, the 2019 session is moving along at its usual pace, and there's no sign of a slowdown.

Click "Read More" for updates on legislation affecting our industry in Georgia.

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Tell People About Your Communication Style -- Don't Wait

By Shari Hartley, President
Candid Culture

At the end of presentations, attendees often approach me and say something like, “People tell me my communication style is really direct and that it can be off putting. I don’t know what to do about this.” Or they say, “People say I’m really quiet and hard to read. They have a difficult time getting to know me.”

If you’ve been given the same feedback repeatedly, or know you create a first impression that may be challenging to others, set expectations and tell people about your communication style when you begin working with them. Don’t wait until they feel offended, confused, or frustrated.

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Daylight Savings Time Begins Mar. 10

On Sunday, March 10, 2019, at 2:00 a.m., daylight saving time will begin, and in most states, clocks will be set forward one hour to 3:00 a.m., presenting a challenge for employers whose nonexempt employees are working during that time. Such workers are entitled to one less hour of pay.

For example, employees scheduled to work an eight hour shift from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. will only have worked seven hours because the employee did not work from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Employers will need to exclude the extra hour when calculating the employee’s overtime pay.

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

Daylight Savings Time
begins on March 10! Spring Forward graphic

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