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

2016 Landscape Industry Certification recap for Colorado Email
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 05:00 AM

Landscape Industry Certification logoLandscape Industry Certification testing continues to be a strong component of ALCC’s resources for landscape professionals. 2016 saw 240 candidates participate in the testing program. 

The benefits of observing peers at work Email
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 04:00 AM

Facility tourJob shadowing is a tremendous learning tool for employees. By watching an experienced, successful worker, a new employee or student can see best practices in action and better understand how to apply them directly to a work situation.

But the same learning concept can be used by employers, too. In the Colorado landscape industry, company owners are often willing to share their experience and knowledge to enrich the industry overall. By sharing successes, they help elevate the level of professionalism and improve the reputation of landscape companies in general.

Where to find your next employee Email
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 03:00 AM

Hire stampWhen recruiting employees, it's important to use more than just newspaper classified ads, online job sites, and your company website. You can use your network, on- and off-line, as well as community resources to actively search for that next great employee. 

H-2B 9/30 update: returning work exemption not renewed Email
Friday, September 30, 2016 02:00 AM
H-2B action needed

Yesterday, President Obama signed a bill into law to fund the Federal Government through December 9. Unfortunately, the measure did not renew the H-2B returning worker exemption.

While the returning worker is now set to expire on October 1, the H-2B regulatory provisions that prevent DOL from enforcing corresponding employment and the ¾ guarantee, allow for the use of wage surveys, limit some DOL enforcement authority and provide for a 10-month season, will automatically be extended through December 9.

In the meantime, the Department of Homeland Security recommends that employers continue to include returning workers on H-2B petitions so that these workers can be removed from the cap count if Congress reinstates the H-B returning worker exemption later this year.

Your continued help in weighing in with Congress through emails, calls,and social media are greatly appreciated. Continued outreach will help us be successful in getting the returning worker exemption signed into law in December.

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Don’t reinvent the wheel on technical training Email
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 07:00 AM

Pickens logoLandscape companies that train their irrigation techs and offer other in-house training can get the job done more efficiently by enrolling employees at Pickens Technical College, Aurora. Classes are short, 9-week chunks of time. Instructor Bill Cary also ensures flexibility that helps students meet snow removal and other work obligations around class time. 

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