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Stealing employees: is your team guilty? Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 05:00 AM

stolen employeesThe labor shortage continues to affect landscape companies’ ability to grow and thrive. In preparing for the busy spring season, managers and owners continue to face the threat of employees being lured away to other companies.   

When one landscape business noticed that a few reliable seasonal employees had not returned this year, they identified a pattern. They soon learned that one employee had left for a competitor, and that new employer was offering incentives for employee referrals.  

Healthcare Considerations for Landscape Contractors (part 2 of 3) Email
Written by Kevin Wood   
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 04:00 AM

healthcareIn the last article, we took a high-level view of healthcare, identifying some useful definitions and an overall understanding of how health insurance coverage works. We looked at different types of health plans and the ways deductibles and out of pocket maximums function. Now that we have some shared language and understanding of healthcare, why is healthcare expensive and continuing to get more expensive? There is no single reason or all-inclusive answer. Here’s the biggest issue: we have almost no cost transparency.

Advocacy opportunities abound in 2019 Email
Written by John McMahon   
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 03:00 AM

advocacyThe 2019 Colorado legislature is in full swing and promises to be a busier year than usual. Political advocacy to protect landscape companies’ business interests is critical.

It’s also a valuable activity for leaders in the industry. Working together with peers toward a common goal benefits the community, but it also benefits the individual. Volunteering with advocacy efforts can be a great learning and networking opportunity.

Email security is as important as locks at your facility Email
Written by ALCC   
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 01:00 AM

data securityOnline privacy and security are serious issues. Many of us may think that we can recognize spam or phishing emails, though scammers continue to become more sophisticated. Teaching email security to staff should be an ongoing process to keep ahead of those sophisticated schemes. For example, email spoofing can be difficult to recognize.

PAID program helps companies avoid litigation over wage errors Email
Written by DOL Wage & Hour Division   
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 01:00 AM

PAID program

Business owners in the Denver metro area have the opportunity to meet directly with leaders in the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division’s (WHD) about its new program, the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program. PAID facilitates resolution of potential overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  

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