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March 24, 2016

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Overtime Rule Nears Final Phase, ASA and Others Fight to Halt
American Supply Association
Last week, legislation was introduced to put a halt to the fast-moving changes to Overtime classification. The Protecting Advancement and Workplace Opportunity Act would require the Department of Labor to first conduct a comprehensive economic analysis on the impact of mandatory overtime expansion to small businesses, nonprofits, and public employers. As leading members of the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity lobbying team, ASA continues meeting with members of Congress in support of this legislation and passage into law. We also look forward to more than 200 industry leaders from Affiliated Distributors descending upon Capitol Hill in three weeks fighting for this change. Read our letter of support here.
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Former White House Press Secretary to Headline NETWORK2016 Speakers
American Supply Association
Dana Perino is one of the nation's most popular political pundits as the co-host of Fox News’ "The Five." Author of New York Times’ number one best-seller "And the Good News Is...Lessons and Advice From The Bright Side" and the second female White House Press Secretary, as a widely-respected member of President George W. Bush's senior staff she brings an insider's knowledge to her analysis, addressing what's on the minds of Americans and American politicians. She is particularly adept at depicting how politics affects people outside the beltway, and breaks down what business leaders need to know. At the IPD Breakfast sponsored by Anderson Metals Corp., Inc. at NETWORK2016, Perino will review the nation's energy policy and the impact it has on the U.S. and the world. How we deal with supply disruptions, increased regulations and foreign competition will affect every decision made by the next president. Click here for full NETWORK2016 program details and here for everything that you need to REGISTER NOW!
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Forget About Keeping Up with the Joneses
American Supply Association
So far, nearly 900 wholesalers from across the U.S. have completed the survey questionnaire for the 2016 Executive & Employee Compensation Survey, including more than 50 in the PHCP and industrial PVF wholesale-distribution channel. The final report will be the first of its kind since the end of the "great recession" to provide such comprehensive, comparative compensation data. And given the roll-out of changes to health care insurance stemming from the Affordable Care Act, this information will be extremely valuable. Wholesaler members will receive a copy of the final report in exchange for having completed the survey questionnaire - at no fee. March 31 is the absolute deadline. LEARN MORE
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March 30 is the WII Registration Deadline — Don't Miss Out!
American Supply Association
The ASA Women in Industry (WII) division is focused on empowering women and providing them with the opportunity to connect - through education, information and engagement. The WII Annual Spring Conference 2016 will be held on April 27-29 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park in Chicago. Whether you are a seasoned veteran already making your mark in this diverse industry or just getting started, we urge you to join us in Chicago for this very exciting program. LEARN MORE
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  BrassCraft’s Push Connect Products
BrassCraft’s Push Connect products allow you to connect appliances and fixtures with ease and confidence. Compatible with PEX, copper and CPVC, BrassCraft’s technology requires no special tools, soldering or gluing for a watertight seal.

BrassCraft’s product line features ¼ turn stops, one-piece supply lines, and water heater connectors.


Lockout/Tagout: Learn from the PROS
The two leading companies in the lockout safety products industry agree on one thing – the risk of death and serious injuries that your personnel face as a result of a sudden, unexpected startup of machinery are PREVENTABLE. Lockout keeps your equipment operators and maintenance personnel protected when they need to complete the servicing and repair jobs you’ve asked them to perform. Join your industry peers on Tuesday, March 29 at 2:00pm Central and Thursday, April 7 at 1:00pm Central and learn about OSHA standards and proper procedures for Lockout/Tagout. REGISTER NOW

The Top 10 Benefits of Ongoing Staff Training and Development
Saxon Blog
Employee training not only provides benefits to the individual, but also to the business, helping your company to continue running effectively. However, once you have run initial job training, such as with a new employee, is there a need for any further training investment? Training, and especially ongoing training, is a key area for debate in many boardrooms.

Want help developing your own training program? Go to ASA-U Advisory Service today for more information.

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ASA-U is excited to announce the addition of a quick link to Manufacturer Training from Basco Shower Enclosure's Training Portal! To access their training on shower door trends, market data, and new product introductions, click HERE!


"We joined ASA to improve our training process which at one time was virtually nonexistent. Today, I am pleased to report that we have a viable, well-structured training program that benefits all our employees"Brian Tuohey, The Collins Companies

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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Will "Big Four" Continue Global Economic Mastery? (The Desert Sun)

Want to read more from Beschloss? Click here to go to USA Today for a full archive of past articles.

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Cast Iron Soil Pipe and Fittings

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ADA GreenSpec® High Efficiency Cooler
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