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OSHA updates audit policies in light of COVID-19 Email
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 04:00 AM

OSHAOSHA will increase inspections in the coming weeks, they announced recently. The increased inspections are not targeted toward a specific industry but will involve "all types of workplaces." OSHA will also enforce requirements to record COVID-19 infections related to the workplace and updated guidance on recording those instances and determining whether it is indeed a work-related illness.

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Questions arise about face covering requirements for outdoor work in hot weather Email
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 03:00 AM

Dust maskRecently, a member posed a question to ALCC regarding state mandates regarding face coverings. While one statement says that masks are to be worn indoors but not necessarily outdoors, the public health order states elsewhere that all essential businesses are to wear masks--with no specification regarding indoors vs. outdoors. The landscape company that approached ALCC noted that "wearing a mask in 90-degree weather is becoming hazardous to their health" and asked for help in getting clarification regarding essential workers who work outdoors. 

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Gross Reservoir expansion will help meet growing water demand Email
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 02:00 AM

Gross ReservoirDenver Water’s reservoirs are beginning to fill to store the majority of water the utility supplies to its 1.5 million customers in Denver and surrounding suburbs. The area Denver Water serves is projected to increase by almost a million people by 2050. 

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Anne Campbell is an emerging leader in Colorado's landscape industry Email
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 01:00 AM

Jon Rick and Anne CampbellThe Outlook Emerging Leader Award recognizes an “up and comer” in the landscape industry and in ALCC. It acknowledges an individual who is under 40 years old and who has made a significant contribution to the industry and to ALCC.

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Watch the webinar: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and your Colorado landscape business Email
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:00 AM



The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and your Colorado landscape business webinar was hosted by ALCC and presented by  Maarten Warnaars, Barrett Business Services, Inc. and recorded on Thursday, May 21.
 PPP is not easy for any business, especially with the new PPP guidelines released earlier last week. The webinar is complimentary to all ALCC members and is $15 for non-members. To learn more about ALCC membership contact Tammy DiFalcoBe sure to follow the latest news on our blog or at www.alcc.com/covid

Click here to access the full PPP webinar link

*You will be asked for your contact information before receiving the link. If you are an ALCC member, you must be logged in to view the link. If you are not a member, please provide your information. Forgot your login and/or password? Click here to retrieve your username or here to retrieve your password. 

 
Question about face covering requirement for outdoor work Email
Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:00 AM

Recently, a member posed a question to ALCC regarding state mandates regarding face coverings. While one statement says that masks are to be worn indoors but not necessarily outdoors, the public health order states elsewhere that all essential businesses are to wear masks--with no specification regarding indoors vs. outdoors. The landscape company that approached ALCC noted that "wearing a mask in 90-degree weather is becoming hazardous to their health" and asked for our help in getting clarification regarding essential workers who work outdoors. 

In speaking with our lobbyists, who are closely following health orders and executive orders and related regulations, we received the following guidance:

Here are a few lines that would relate to the public health order for landscaping. If outside and six feet apart, masks are not required. Only when dealing directly with customers or interactions with others inside six feet and for safety reasons.
  • Maintain six-foot distancing from other employees and customers
  • Adhere to all general rules or guidance on social gathering limitations when working in the field, including in someone’s business or personal home
  • Require gloves and face coverings or masks for any in-person interactions or work being done in third-party homes or office spaces
  • Require service providers to stay home if showing any symptoms or signs of sickness or if they have had contact with a known positive case
  • Provide estimates, invoices, and other documentation electronically (no paper)
  • Seek contactless payment options (whenever possible)

Follow the latest news on our blog or at www.alcc.com/covid.

Share your ideas, resources, etc. with landscape industry peers at [email protected].

 
Free COVID-19 testing now available, Governor Polis announces (May 18) Email
Monday, May 18, 2020 11:00 AM

Colorado Governor Polis announced today that those with symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested for free (no co-pay). Learn more and find a testing site near you at covid19.colorado.gov.  

Follow the latest news on our blog or at www.alcc.com/covid.

Share your ideas, resources, etc. with landscape industry peers at [email protected].

 
H-2B support letter sent to President today Email
Friday, May 15, 2020 04:00 PM

ALCC signed onto a letter sent to President Trump today by the H-2B Workforce Coalition. The letter stresses the need for seasonal workers in order to sustain America's seasonal businesses and the American workers who rely on those businesses. It also presents data that supports the need for H-2B temporary workers and demonstrates that unemployed Americans are not pursuing those seasonal jobs; rather, they expect to return to their positions when restrictions are lifted and the economy reopens. 

See a copy of the final letter that was sent today.

I will continue to share information on this situation as it becomes available. Please reach out if you have questions or have H-2B information to share. 

Follow the latest news on our blog or at www.alcc.com/covid.

Share your ideas, resources, etc. with landscape industry peers at [email protected].

 
HEROES Act up for House vote today (May 15) Email
Friday, May 15, 2020 12:00 AM

The House of Representatives will vote today on HR6800, Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act or the HEROES Act.

Bill summary:

This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak and its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.

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10 ways to grow your landscape company during challenging times Email
Written by Kim Naughtin, AEC Consultant Group   
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 05:00 AM

Business growthUnprecedented. That word has been used more times than anyone can count as a way to explain what we are going through.

Unprecedented. Unparalleled. Unmatched. Whichever word you use, we have never experienced such challenges to our health, our society, and our businesses in my lifetime. The world is on lockdown. People are scared. Business owners are concerned. We know we will get through this; history tells us that. It’s the question of “When will this be over?” or “What will it look like on the other side?” that’s impacting many businesses today.

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Making the case for legislative advocacy Email
Written by Stefan Stathopulos   
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 04:00 AM

advocacyIn this age of special interest politics, trade associations, industry groups and business concerns face a difficult, but not impossible, task of impacting the public policy/political process to protect and enhance their business goals. What is often missed by groups and trade associations is the power and influence they already possess but do not take advantage of. Local contacts have great influence! Members in trade associations and industry groups can have a significant influence on the legislative process and legislators by creating relationships with local representatives and engaging in the political process.

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IRS announces tax credits for businesses affected by COVID-19 Email
Written by IRS   
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 03:00 AM

piggy bankThe Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued an announcement May 7, 2020 about three new tax credits available to businesses impacted by the pandemic. Learn more about the credits in the IRS news release:

Employee Retention Credit:

The employee retention credit is designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.

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Renewal & Remembrance, Days on the Hill canceled for 2020 Email
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 02:00 AM

Arlington National CemeteryDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, NALP recently announced that both Legislative Days on the Hill and Renewal and Remembrance events in Washington, DC have been canceled for 2020.

“This would have marked the 25th year NALP members gathered to lend their professional skills to care for and beautify Arlington National Cemetery,” NALP stated on their blog. “While [members] all admit it is disappointing that they won’t be able to volunteer this year, they also agree it is a unique situation and necessary to cancel.”

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