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Most common DOL violations guest Email
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Thursday, February 12, 2015 01:00 AM

 

US Dept of LaborIn 2015, the US Department of Labor (DOL) will be performing investigations targeting the landscape industry for the fourth year in a row. Do you worry that you'll be chosen for an audit from the DOL? To help you prepare your business for an audit, it's a good idea to review your obligations according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

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Secrets of a former DOL auditor Email
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:00 PM

 

AuditFormer DOL investigator talks about audits: Get her inside story about what you need to know and do

Landscape companies have been a specific target of the U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division (DOL WHD) for several years. According to the U.S. DOL Data Enforcement website, landscape companies agreed to pay more than $20 million in back wages to their employees between 2006 and 2012 for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act - an amount that does not include other charges such as penalties and damages.

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Bee population on the rise Email
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 02:00 PM

 

Bee population on the riseRecent data collected by the crop protection industry from the USDA, FAO and StatisticsCanada shows that bee populations even in intensely farmed areas of the world are increasing rather than rapidly decreasing.

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Soils Support Urban Life Email
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 06:00 AM

 

Stormwater can benefit a rain gardenThe Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is coordinating a series of activities throughout 2015 International Year of Soil (IYS) to educate the public about the importance of soil. February’s theme is “Soils Support Urban Life.” In SSSA’s February Soils Matter blog post, staff from Chicago’s Metropolitan Water Reclamation District explain how rain gardens work.

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Colorado rises high in LEED building stats Email
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 03:30 AM

 

LEED certified Colorado Convention CtrLast week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system, ranking states in terms of square feet of LEED space per state resident. The per-capita list highlights states throughout the country that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation. Colorado placed #2 on the list for 2014.

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