Urgent H-2B action needed (10/23/2015) Email
Friday, October 23, 2015 12:00 AM

Urgent H-2B action neededWe received the following email today from the H-2B workforce coalition. We ask you to take action TODAY by contacting Senator Bennet's office at (202) 224-5852 or at Ask him to sign the letters from Burr, Mikulski, Tillis, and Warner (Senator Gardener has already signed them). The deadline is 2:00 PM Mountain time (5:00 PM Eastern time), so please be sure to make your voice heard before the end of the day.

You can also tweet your support to @SenBennetCO and follow ALCC at @COGreenNOW for sample tweets.

New guidance issued regarding vacation pay rule Email
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 12:00 AM

Photo courtesy Free Images/Fons ReijsbergenThe Colorado Division of Labor has issued new FAQs and an advisory bulletin to help clarify the new regulations regarding payment of unused vacation time.

While unused vacation time pay must be paid when an employee is separated, "use it or lose it" policies may be permitted for current employees. View the new FAQs at the Colorado web site

You may also view or download a pdf of advisory bulletins, including information on vacation pay, at

Previously on the LAB:
New vacation time rule for Colorado employers

Hearings have begun regarding DOL proposed rulemaking regarding overtime Email

The public comment period for Department of Labor’s “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Overtime” ended September 4, 2015. Approximately 290,000 comments were received before the deadline.

In October, hearings began to review the proposed rule change. Below, you can watch a recording of last week’s “The Consequences of DOL’s One-Size-Fits-All Overtime Rule for Small Businesses and their Employees” hearing. (For transcripts, visit

Clean water rule injunction extended nationwide Email


Image by Blake Richard Verdoorn

This morning, an appeals court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction on enforcing the Waters of the US (WOTUS) Clean Water Rule. Most recently, a judge had clarified that the injunction was limited only to the 13 states (including Colorado) that had filed a lawsuit requesting the injunction.

While the preliminary injunction means that the rule will not be enforced at this time, the rule has not been completely withdrawn. Those opposed to the rule are encouraged to contact their Senators to express their concerns.

Contact information for Colorado Senators:

Bennet, Michael F. - (D - CO)     
(202) 224-5852

Gardner, Cory - (R - CO)     
(202) 224-5941

Japanese beetle quarantine: feedback requested Email


Image courtesy the past 5 years Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) has focused its Japanese Beetle prevention efforts on external quarantine and monitoring nursery stock imported into Colorado from other states. Japanese Beetle infestation is known to be present in Denver and along the Front Range (see attached map), however, most of the state is still considered non-infested. This has prompted the CDA to propose various options to expand focus on potential movement of this insect from the Front Range area to other un-infested areas within Colorado.

The CDA is requesting ALCC member input on the proposed changes to expand the Japanese Beetle Quarantine to include the Colorado Front Range. It should be noted that this proposal does not prohibit plant purchases from along the Front Range but instead puts into place requirements that nurseries would need to abide by.

The following maps of the Front Range and Denver/Boulder/Greeley detail the Japanese Beetle detection areas within Colorado. The color coding on the maps is as follows: Green = no concern, Yellow = low to moderate populations, Red = moderate to high populations.

Please review the proposal and send your comments and/or feedback to Kristen Fefes by October 31.

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