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2015 HR alerts: changes in contribution limits Email
Colorado Green NOW
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 06:00 PM

Changes are ahead that will require companies and their HR teams to be prepared before issuing the first payroll in 2015. Below is a summary of changes and other information that HR people need to know as they prepare for the new year.

Social Security & Medicare
The Social Security Wage Base for 2015 will increase from $117,000 in 2014 to $118,500 effective January 1, 2015. The maximum yearly Social Security tax withholding amount rises to $7,347 (6.2% of $118,500). The 6.2% contributed by the employee is matched by the employer.

ALCC Volunteer Awards Email
Colorado Green NOW
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:00 PM

Who do you know who fits this profile?

VolunteersDo you know someone who rolls up his or her sleeves to tackle project? Likes to make a difference? Won’t hedge when you ask for help and probably likes to have a good time?

This is the kind of person who believes in the good of a cause or a project enough to want to move it forward to make an impact.

That person you are thinking of (is it you?) is a volunteer.

Sustainable Partner update: The Brickman Group helps area farmer Email
Colorado Green NOW
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:00 PM

In October, the ALCC office receives many calls from people who want help with leaf disposal.  They are told about cities, web sites and other recycling options.

One exceptional caller was the opposite of all the others.  He needed a lot leaves and hoped ALCC had the resources to help him find them.

Who’s taking our labor: oil and gas or food? Email
Colorado Green NOW
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 11:00 AM

Some lament the oil and gas industry has pulled away much of the young workforce the landscape industry needs.

But what about the food industry? Their projected sales according to the Colorado Restaurant Association, will hit $9.8 billion this year. That’s about $7 billion MORE than Colorado’s entire green industry combined. 

Food service work still represents a first job among many teens and young adults – the same group that the landscape industry has traditionally sought after for seasonal and entry-level positions. It’s also the demographic any industry needs to attract if it expects to be sustainable over time. 

Lifescape Colorado uses demonstration garden as a sales tool Email
Colorado Green NOW
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 10:00 AM

“We used to take clients to nurseries and suppliers to select plants and hardscapes.  Now it’s mostly one stop,” says Troy Shimp, designer with Lifescape Colorado, Denver.  

He and the other designers bring most of their clients to view the demonstration gardens alongside the Lifescape office.  “It saves a lot of time and we get decisions made pretty quickly,” says Shimp. The Lifescape office located north of downtown Denver in an industrial area is not where you would expect to see a variety of plants and hardscape options showcased along a narrow strip between a high fence and the curb.  It’s an unexpected sight in a part of town almost devoid of any landscape whatsoever.

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