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Landscape professionals visit Capitol Hill today Email

US CapitolToday, landscape professionals from across the nation have gathered in Washington, D.C. "to visit the offices of representatives and senators to discuss the issues that are vital to the future of the industry and to make sure our voice is heard on Capitol Hill." This initiative, known as Legislative Day on the Hill, is organized by National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

A delegation from ALCC has joined the group to represent the Colorado landscape industry. Issues to be addressed include:

          • Comprehensive Immigration Reform
          • The H-2B Program
          • Seasonal Employee Healthcare
          • Waters of the United States
          • Pollinator Stewardship

You can follow the effort on Twitter by following NALP (@the_nalp) and the hashtags #landscapeadvocacy #nalpadvocates. You can also check for updates on NALP's page on Facebook.

ALCC will follow up after the event with an update about member participation in DC.

Previously on the LAB:
2015 Legislative Day on the Hill

 
Quick H-2B update Email

H-2B visa program
This week, the House Appropriations Committee passed the FY 2016 funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The bill includes the language below that would create an H-2B returning worker exemption for fiscal year 2016, which begins on October 1.

SEC. 561. Section 214(g)(9)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(g)(9)(A)) is amended by striking ‘‘2004, 2005, or 2006 shall not again be count- ed toward such limitation during fiscal year 2007.’’ and inserting ‘‘2013, 2014, or 2015 shall not again be counted toward such limitation during fiscal year 2016.’’

To supporters of this H-2B legislation: We will have a long way to go to preserve this language in a final appropriations measure later this year, but this is a very important first step. Please continue your H-2B outreach to lawmakers.

 
Who’s an employee & who’s an independent contractor? Email

Sometimes it’s not so easy to tell. 

Earlier this year, an unsuccessful bill came before the Colorado Legislature that would have simplified the test to determine whether a person was an independent contractor or employee. Senate bill S.B. 15-269 would have repealed current standards related to the determination of independent contractor status under the Employment Security Act (unemployment insurance, or UI) and established a multifactor test to determine whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor for the purposes of UI.

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More H-2B updates Email


H-2B visa legislation updateNew H-2B Rules:
Prior to the July 4 recess, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the fiscal 2016 Department of Labor Appropriations bill. No amendments were offered to try to strike the beneficial H-2B language included in the bill. The bill includes language that would:

            • Address H-2B wages and allow the use of private wage surveys, which are not allowed under the new final H-2B wage rule;
            • Clearly define seasonal as ten months, as opposed to the nine months in the new interim final H-2B comprehensive rule;
            • Prevent DOL from implementing the provisions of the interim final rule related to corresponding employment and the ¾ guarantee;
            • Prevent DOL from implementing the new and burdensome DOL enforcement scheme in the IFR related to audit and the Certifying Officer (CO) assisted recruitment; and
            • Allow for the staggered crossing of seafood H-2B employees. 
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2nd draft of Colorado Water Plan released Email

The Colorado Water Conservation Board has released the second draft of a proposed water plan for Colorado. View the latest draft at www.colorado.gov/pacific/cowaterplan/july-2015-second-draft-colorados-water-plan

CWCB welcomes public input through September 17, 2015. ALCC and GreeenCO will also review the plan and make comments during this time.

Colorado's Water Plan timeline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further reading:
Colorado's Water Plan 

 
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