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Interns and apprentices help grow the industry Email
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 05:00 AM

Laborers Facing a labor shortage, some landscape companies have looked to additional methods of rounding out their workforce while grooming the next generation of the industry.

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2015 Day of Service project continues to thrive Email
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 04:00 AM

Bill Roberts School gardensThe gardens at William Roberts School, in Denver’s Stapleton area, were recharged with the help of industry volunteers during ALCC’s Day of Service in 2015. That day, the Denver Chapter built 12 new edibles beds, renovated two existing edibles beds to make them wheelchair accessible, and planted a native and low-water demonstration garden. The edibles gardens were to be used as an outdoor teaching lab for part of the school’s curriculum. Each student grade level has adopted and is caring for a bed, and all students tend the dedicated garden of the principal.

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Why and how to use a safe harbor provision in your handbook Email
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 03:00 AM

Play videoUnder the FLSA, employers may be penalized for making improper deductions from the pay of exempt employees. Exempt status may be lost for the entire job classification if the employer has a practice of making improper deductions.

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Federal overtime rule: bonuses may account for 10% of salary Email
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 07:00 AM

Payroll processingWhen the new federal overtime rules regarding white collar workers go into effect December 1, employers may have a lot of changes to make in their payroll. For the first time, employers may use bonus pay in calculating the salary of white collar workers. This new provision can help those who come close to meeting the minimum, but there are restrictions on how much and what kind of bonus pay can be counted.

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Best of Colorado Green NOW: 8 things your snow contract should cover Email
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 06:00 AM


snowplowThis story, originally published in August 2013, is one of the most popular
Colorado Green NOW stories. As we begin the 2016-2017 snow removal season, it's a good idea to revisit this information and make sure your contracts are in order.

Snow and ice management is a special subset of landscape services that has its own unique contractual issues.  When you’re finalizing contracts this season, make sure you have these 8 key stipulations:

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