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The latest ALCC news, including Colorado Green NOW articles, legislative updates, and programming announcements. 

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.

Smart irrigation earns industry recognition for Golden business Email
Monday, July 20, 2015 07:00 AM


Schutz Industries Inc irrigation managementWhen ALCC launched its awards program, organizers chose to shine a spotlight on projects that demonstrate sustainability, stewardship, and innovation. The first recipient of the ELITE Irrigation Management Award was Schultz Industries, Inc. for their work at the Concha Townhomes in Denver, which reduced water consumption by 45%.

According to the Golden-based landscape company, Concha Townhomes was classified as “extremely water inefficient” by Denver Water and sought recommendations/proposals to get its irrigation consumption reduced and in line with Denver Water guidelines. Water was the largest HOA expense.

5 creative employee orientation strategies Email
Monday, July 20, 2015 06:00 AM

work glovesThink about your employee orientation experiences. What comes to mind? A long morning of paperwork? Listening to a member of HR walk you page-by-page through the employee handbook? A day stuck in a conference room signing disclaimers and other employee procedure forms?

When done robotically like this, employee orientation can discourage new hires. When handled creatively, employee orientation can be a fun and engaging experience that, according to research published in January 2015 in the journal Human Resource Management, results in higher job satisfaction and, as a result, higher motivation and commitment to the organization.

Who’s an employee and who’s an independent contractor? Email
Written by Jackon Kelly PLLC   
Monday, July 20, 2015 05:00 AM

Employee vs. independent contractorSometimes 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.

Why is there a purple box in that tree? Email
Monday, July 20, 2015 04:49 AM

Purple EAB trapResidents in the City of Boulder and Boulder County may notice more than 65 purple and green boxes in trees along high-traffic roads. The boxes are traps aimed at identifying emerald ash borer (EAB). The pest, which has killed tens of millions of ash trees across the US, has been found in Boulder, and experts want to find out as soon as possible if EAB has spread into other areas.

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