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ALCC introduces the LAB Email
Colorado Green NOW
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 10:49 AM

 

Legislation & advocacy blogAssociated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) has launched a new blog. The mission of the new Legislation and Advocacy Blog, nicknamed the LAB, is to be a trustworthy source of information and breaking news for members and their customers who wish to keep up-to-date on legislation, regulations, and advocacy efforts that relate to the green industry.

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California’s drought: dead lawns and denial Email
Colorado Green NOW
Thursday, May 14, 2015 12:11 PM

California droughtLast week, California’s State Water Resources Control Board approved rules forcing cities to limit watering on public property and encouraging homeowners to let their lawns die.  Figures released only 2 days earlier revealed that water use statewide had only decreased 4% in March compared to the same month in 2013.  This is far short of Governor Jerry Brown’s desired savings of 25% statewide.

At a time when dead lawns are encouraged, some say many Californians, especially in the southern areas of the state, are in denial about the drought.  High end neighborhoods and estates in prestigious zip codes still have green lawns.  Yet, what these property owners don’t yet know could catch them off guard.  

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Drought watch: Is landscape industry poised for pain or profit? Email
Colorado Green NOW
Thursday, May 14, 2015 11:48 AM

CA drought pic

In its coverage of the California drought last month, separate Fortune magazine articles listed the 6 industries hurt most by the drought – and the 9 industries that stand to profit most from the drought. 

With government encouraging homeowners to let lawns die, in which camp do you think the landscape industry landed?

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Affordable Care Act and defining seasonal workers Email
Colorado Green NOW
Thursday, May 14, 2015 02:00 AM

 

CourthouseALCC members have questions about the Affordable Care Act and how it interacts with the H-2B visa program. That response is simple: there is no difference. H-2B visa employees are treated the same as an American worker in terms of the law and the state exchanges.

More challenging, however, is the determination of who qualifies as a seasonal workers. Employers are obligated to determine who is a seasonal employee and calculate who is eligible for health coverage.

The STARS Act, to be reintroduced this year, defines and simplifies ‘seasonal worker’ and would help with this issue. ALCC, National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), and other seasonal industries all support this act. (View or download a brief from NALP's 2014 legislative conference for more info about this.) But until it is passed, the calculation of this status is left to the employer—with some guidelines.

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Early season strategies to keep your team upbeat and focused Email
Colorado Green NOW
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 06:05 PM

BBQThe rush is on.  Time to plant annuals – catch up on the mowing schedule – get rain-accelerated weeds under control – make deliveries and keep clients happy.  Everyone’s pushing the envelope and that leads to burn out, grumpiness and the collapse of team morale.

Whether you’re the big boss, a supervisor or fly at your desk pretty much solo, there are still things you can do to help yourself and others stay productive and focused without burning out.  Here are 4 strategies from green industry consultant Jeffrey Scott to keep your mind and morale going strong.

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