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

What is an "exempt" employee? Email
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 04:00 AM

Time clockThere is a lot of talk about the upcoming changes to the federal overtime rules. The changes are coming soon—employers must be in compliance on December 1 this year. But it seems that many employers haven’t yet paid much attention. Perhaps one reason is that they don’t believe the rules apply to small businesses or to family-owned businesses. That’s a misconception—the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) applies to just about everyone.

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Marketing your open positions Email
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 03:00 AM

We're hiringA key factor in recruiting new employees is to reach potential candidates where they live. For skilled labor, it makes sense to recruit on campuses or near programs that teach the skills you need, such as irrigation and design.

Online job listings are often free or low cost and take minimal effort to set up. Monster.com, careerbuilder.com, craigslist.com, and indeed.com are all among the web sites that you can use to post job listings. And as an ALCC member, you can post free listings at the ALCC.com classified ads.

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Time for a pruning primer (VIDEO) Email
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 02:30 AM

As we head into fall, some landscape companies are talking with consumers about pruning some trees in order to prepare for winter. Now is a good time to review the basics of pruning, and landscape professionals can benefit from Eric Hammond’s 2015 ProGreen presentation, “Best Management Practices: Pruning.” Learn the basics of tree pruning, how trees respond to pruning, the potential benefits and risks of pruning, the types and uses of different pruning cuts as well as the basics of executing them and principles of structural training.

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Green Industries of Colorado Releases Endorsements of Legislative Candidates Email
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 02:00 AM

GreenCOThe Green Industries of Colorado (GreenCO) endorses and supports candidates who it believes are supportive of policies that will support and not hinder small businesses, which includes legislation around uniform sales tax definitions, employer requirements for paid leave and other benefits and construction defects. The Colorado Water Plan and water policy that is crafted in support of the plan, specifically to outdoor water use, is very important to the organization. In addition, GreenCO supports candidates who are supportive of opportunities for trade education in secondary education and who support policies that enhance the state’s economic climate for business and job growth.

To determine endorsements and financial support, the GreenCO Political Committee interviewed candidates and reviewed incumbent voting records for the 2015 and 2016 sessions. Candidates endorsed by GreenCO are individuals with whom GreenCO can work with at the State Capitol and who will be supportive of green industry businesses.

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Help #SaveH-2B (Sept 2016) Email
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Wednesday, September 07, 2016 02:00 AM
H-2B action neededThe H-2B Workforce Coalition has issued a call-to-action to support the H-2B visa program:
Help #SaveH-2B!

We need your help to make sure that the H-2B returning worker exemption is included in a temporary spending measure that Congress is currently drafting.

Congress is currently drafting a short-term spending bill, or continuing resolution, to keep the government funded for the next couple of months. Prior to the August recess, the House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the fiscal 2017 Department of Homeland Appropriations bill, which would renew the H-2B returning worker exemption for another year.  The Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the Department of Labor Appropriations bill that would extend the H-2B regulatory relief for another year and provide additional resources for H-2B processing.

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