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Meet Shelley Kowalenko, CLT - All Phase Landscape, Inc. and Pickens Tech grad Email
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 06:00 AM

Shelley KowalenkoAs Landscape Account Manager at All Phase Landscape, Inc., Shelley Kowalenko oversees maintenance of 90 separate properties. It’s her job to make sure turf, beds, trees and general maintenance of all 90 sites live up to customer expectations. Says Kowalenko, “I would have never been able to hold such a position without the plant material, landscape maintenance, pruning, irrigation and general horticulture knowledge I gained through the Pickens Technical College program.”

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Writing a successful job posting Email
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 04:00 AM

Phone with want adOnce you know which jobs need to be filled, what you are able to pay, and how to describe the job, it’s time to get the word out. Writing a truthful and enticing job listing is a crucial step in your recruitment strategy and should take some thought.

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CSU annual flower trial announces winners Email
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 03:30 AM

Begonia JurassicEach year, Colorado State University’s flower trial garden conducts a program that evaluates the performance of different annual plant cultivars under Colorado’s unique Rocky Mountain environmental conditions. Those growing conditions include high altitude, wind, intense sunlight, drying winds, severe hailstorms, large fluctuations between day and night temperatures and a season-long need for irrigation. The annual trial consists of over 1,000 different cultivars of annual bedding plants. Plants are grouped by genus, arranged by color and grown in rows, side-by-side, in order to compare similar varieties.

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Final enforcement guidance on retaliation issued Email
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 03:00 AM

Video play buttonOn August 25, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues, which was meant to replace its 1998 Compliance Manual section on retaliation. 

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It's best to be prepared for the federal overtime rule change Email
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 02:00 AM

Landscape company owners are sure to be affected by the upcoming federal overtime rule changes, which could affect the exempt status of employees. The new rule, which goes into effect December 1, 2016, is being challenged by several lawsuits. The National Association of Landscape Professionals has joined a coalition of businesses to challenge the rule.

In response to the lawsuits, US Labor Secretary Thomas Perez released a strong statement in support of the new rule and its implementation.

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