State Rep’s Report
NAHB Advocacy Means $$ In Your Pocket
KURT
DINNES
OSHBA President

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IBSORLANDO

We reap many benefits from our NAHB membership. Certainly, the ongoing advocacy efforts are one of the most valuable and often the most overlooked because they may seem slow and intangible. The NAHB advocacy efforts are very broad and diverse, from environmental regulation, regulatory overreach, to labor policy and reforms that include taxation, finance and immigration. Unless you make it your full-time job, most of us simply do not have the time to keep up with all the governmental issues that affect our industry. That’s why NAHB membership is so important.

There are simply too many key initiatives and updates to issues important to our industry to effectively address them here due to limited space. An updated and very comprehensive outline of the NAHB priorities is available on the NAHB web site. Here is the link; https://www.nahb.org/en/research/nahb-priorities. aspx. I encourage you to open this link and see first-hand the issues that affect our industry.

Overtime Rule Delayed

The Overtime Ruling is just one example of the NAHB’s commitment to never give up even after a ruling is passed. The House of Representatives voted to delay the Department of Labor’s (DOL) controversial overtime rule by six months. The Regulatory Relief for Small Business, Schools and Nonprofits Act (H. R. 6094) would push the effective date of the overtime rule from Dec. 1 to June 1. The DOL had issued a final rule that will double the current overtime limit from $23,660 to $47,476. The rule further stipulates that the salary threshold will be pegged to inflation and automatically adjusted every three years.

Although the six-month delay would be helpful as employers attempt to comply with the new regulations and absorb its impact, the NAHB firmly believes stronger legislative action is needed to reduce the harmful effects of this rule on the nation’s small business community. The NAHB is working to find a path forward for the Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act (H. R. 5813), legislation that will provide permanent reform to the Department of Labor’s onerous rule by allowing small businesses sufficient time to adjust.

H. R. 5813 would provide a four-year phase-in of the $47,476 salary threshold and eliminate a provision in the rule that requires automatic increases to the overtime salary threshold moving forward. So, if you’re like me and you employ a number of salaried individuals, this overtime rule is definitely a piece of legislation we want to watch closely.

IBS

The upcoming NAHB 2017 International Builders Show (IBS) will be held in Orlando Jan. 10-12. This design and construction week which includes IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show will also feature the new CEDIA Smart Home Pavilion designated specifically for exhibitors who specialize in technology solutions for the home. IBS promises to be better than ever, with more than 100 educational classes and 800-plus trade show partners. A few other IBS highlights include Payton Manning as the opening speaker, an IBS house party at Mangos Tropical Cafe, a Spike Party featuring the Little Big Town Band and the new NAHB Member Summit. The new-member Summit is a great opportunity to learn how NAHB grassroots efforts guide the association’s direction and activities.

NAHB Dues Increase Delayed

Earlier this year, the NAHB Board of Directors approved a corporate resolution proposing several increases in dues paid to NAHB by affiliated local associations for their members and members-at-large. In addition to the dues increase that took effect in 2014 and 2015, the resolution approved a tentative dues increase that would take effect Jan. 1 if, by Dec. 31, (a) 2016 IBS space sales failed to reach 525,000 square feet, and (b) the average number of Builder and Associate members failed to reach 156, 000. Because it appears that these performance standards will not be met, the Senior Officers recognize that, without further action, a $16 dues increase will take effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

However, at the mid-year meeting of the Board of Directors, there was considerable discussion about pro-