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Proposed changes to federal overtime rule released Email
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 05:00 AM

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On March 7, 2019 the Department of Labor published a notice of proposed rule-making that would update the previous overtime rule for so-called “white collar” workers. The proposed rule could have effects on landscape industry employers, especially with regards to administrative and sales personnel.

Healthcare Considerations for Landscape Contractors (part 1 of 3) Email
Written by Kevin Wood   
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 04:00 AM

As almost everyone has experienced in recent years, the cost of healthcare and health insurance continues to rise. Whether buying coverage for yourself and your family or as an employer trying to offer your employees benefit options, you are probably feeling the pinch of expensive health insurance costs. This week, we will look at some fundamentals that may help you understand your health insurance better. In future articles, we will offer some insights on why the cost of care continues to raise and what you may be able to do about the raising costs, as well as how to use health insurance and benefits as a competitive advantage for your business! 

Feedback requested regarding Colorado fuel tax refunds Email
Written by Colorado Office of the State Auditor   
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 03:00 AM

The Colorado Office of the State Auditor is currently evaluating all of the State's tax exemptions, refunds, credits, and other 'expenditures' to provide information to the General Assembly about if/how these expenditures are used by stakeholders; their impact on stakeholders; and their impact on the state government. To be clear, they are not auditing any entities in this process—they are simply doing research to provide information about how these expenditures function.

Changes to H-2B application processing posted in Federal Register Email
Written by Colorado Office of the State Auditor   
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 02:00 AM

H-2B visa programOn February 26, the Department of Labor's Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) announced that all H-2B applications filed on or after July 3, 2019 will be randomly ordered for processing based on the date of filing and the start date of work requested. OFLC will randomly order and assign for processing all of the H-2B applications requesting the earliest start date of work permitted under the semi-annual visa allocation (i.e., October 1 or April 1) and filed during the first three calendar days of the regulatory time period for filing H-2B applications. Once first actions are issued, OFLC will randomly assign for processing all other H-2B applications filed on a single calendar day.

VIDEO: Tips for planning maintenance of Plant Select plants Email
Written by Ross Shrigley   
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 12:00 AM

In this video, Ross Shrigley of Plant Select shows you how to export Plant Select plants to Excel. This allows you to sort them by the commercial maintenance they require. It's a useful tool when planning for a low maintenance garden or building maintenance schedules for a commercial crew.

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