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Top awards come home to Colorado Email
Colorado Green NOW
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 11:00 AM

 

Gold starDuring National Association of Landscape Professionals’ annual LANDSCAPES conference last week in Louisville, 3 ALCC member firms received top NALP landscape awards and ALCC’s Kristen Fefes, CAE was recognized by Lawn & Landscape magazine for her exceptional leadership within the industry. 

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Current staff can be key to the recruitment process Email
Colorado Green NOW
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 05:00 AM


job applicationLooking for new employees? Sometimes the best resource is your current workforce.

According to the Jobvite Index, while employee referrals generated less than 7% of applications, they resulted in 40% of new hires. Those new employees were hired more quickly than those through other methods, and they tended to stay with the company longer—47% stay longer than three years.

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Will your business be subject to ACA's "Cadillac tax"? Email
Colorado Green NOW
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 04:00 AM

 

Image courtesy Free Images/Darren ShawEmployers face a number of challenges when it comes to compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). One element of the program, to be rolled out in 2018, is the so-called “Cadillac tax.” Created as a disincentive to employers who offer exceptionally robust healthcare plans, the Cadillac tax is an excise tax on those expensive plans. Employer contributions to employee insurance premiums are currently tax-free. When the high cost employer-sponsored health coverage excise tax goes into effect, the employer contribution will be subject to a 40% tax.

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Using recycled glass in the landscape Email
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 03:00 AM
Sustainability continues to be a hot topic in the landscape industry. Landscape companies and consumers are interested in reducing waste, reusing materials, and recycling. From time to time, ALCC finds clever examples of green practices in landscaping. This article from Houzz.com demonstrates some ways to incorporate recycled materials--in this case, glass--into the landscape. The results aren't just good for the earth; they add style and sparkle to the outdoor living area.
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Hotel scams target business travelers Email
Colorado Green NOW
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 07:00 AM


Hotel scams are on the riseHotel scams are on the rise, and consumers are reminded to be careful about how they book their accommodations.

There are different types of hotel scams, but two appear to be cleverly disguised and have netted scammers a portion of the $1.3B that was lost to deceptive online booking sites.

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