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Unused vacation must be paid out upon separation, court says Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 03:00 AM

A recent Colorado Supreme Court opinion has determined that employers may not include a “use it or lose it” policy and must pay out unused accrued vacation pay when an employee leaves a job. The decision overturned previous lower court decisions.

Regardless of restrictive language included in employee handbooks, the Supreme Court stated that “although the CWCA [Colorado Wage Claim Act] does not create an automatic right to vacation pay, when an employer chooses to provide such pay, it cannot be forfeited once earned by the employee.”

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Colorado is well-represented on the 2021 LM150 list Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 02:00 AM

Landscape Management has released its annual LM150 list of the landscape industry’s top revenue-generating companies. Seven Colorado-based companies made the list, as well as other companies headquartered elsewhere that operate in the state.

The Colorado-based companies on the 2021 list include:

  • Designscapes Colorado, Centennial (#74)
  • Environmental Designs, Inc., Brighton (#80)
  • Designs by Sundown, Littleton (#83)
  • Landtech Contractors, Aurora (#91)
  • Lifescape Colorado, Denver (#119)
  • Schultz Industries, Golden (#130)
  • Timberline Landscaping, Colorado Springs (#137)
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OSHA to conduct weekend inspections at Front Range construction worksites Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 01:00 AM

Front Range construction sites, which may include landscape installation, could see increased health and safety inspections this summer and fall, according to an announcement from US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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Two big H-2B advocacy opportunities Email
Written by John McMahon   
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 12:00 AM

ALCC has two big items to share with you today: the return of the H-2B returning worker exemption and a last call to register for our virtual advocacy event next week.

First, read the announcement from the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

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The ELITE Awards 2021 feature new category, move to a fall event Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Wednesday, June 09, 2021 05:00 AM

ALCC announced this week that nominations are open for The ELITE Awards, which recognize ALCC members that Elevate the Landscape Industry Through Excellence. For 2021, there are some changes to the awards and the timing of their announcement.

The awards are usually announced in March, but due to COVID restrictions on in-person gatherings, the ceremony was moved to fall 2021. To make the most of the time during that delay, ALCC convened a committee of landscape industry professionals to review the awards program and feedback received over the years.

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Gearing up for Pollinator Week 2021 Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Wednesday, June 09, 2021 04:00 AM

June is Pollinator Month, and the third week in June is celebrated as Pollinator Week. The mission of Pollinator week, according to the Pollinator Partnership, is to “promote the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.”

Landscape companies can use Pollinator Week to promote that they use sustainable, pollinator-friendly practices in their services. Pollinator health is a growing concern among consumers, and homeowners are often looking for ways to support them in their landscapes.

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Enjoy DREW'S FOLLY hardy snapdragon year-round Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Wednesday, June 09, 2021 03:00 AM

The origins of Antirrhinum sempervirens ‘P020S’ (DREW’S FOLLY™ Hardy Snapdragon) are the Wild Spanish snapdragons (Antirrhinum sempervirens) that grow in the mountain regions of Spain and France But DREW’S FOLLY Hardy Snapdragon is different from its wild relatives in two distinct manners. First, it has demonstrated hardiness in USDA zone 5 in the Plant Select three-year perennial trial at Chatfield Farms in Denver, compared to zone 6 for its ancestors. Second, its flower color is a unique soft seashell pink, not the white of Wild Spanish snapdragons.

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Four Colorado companies placed in the 2021 Lawn & Landscape Top 100 Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Wednesday, June 09, 2021 02:00 AM

In May, Lawn & Landscape announced its Top 100 companies. Four Colorado-headquartered companies made the list:

  • Metco Landscape (#27)
  • Designscapes Colorado (#74)
  • Environmental Designs, Inc. (#82)
  • Designs By Sundown (#88)
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IGIN equipment maintenance survey results released Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Wednesday, June 09, 2021 01:00 AM

Irrigation & Green Industry published the results of its 2021 equipment maintenance survey. The magazine asked landscape professionals about their habits when it comes to buying and maintaining equipment for their work.

Interesting findings include:

  • Trusted experts are key to purchasing decisions. An overwhelming majority of respondents (88%) stated that they visit an authorized dealer or distributor when making purchases.
  • Proper maintenance is a priority. Another strong majority (71%) do daily or weekly maintenance checks on their equipment.
  • Battery-powered equipment is not a priority. Just 5% of respondents use battery-powered mowers, though 39% said they use some handheld battery-powered tools like leaf blowers.
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Poll results: Are you interested in EV work trucks? Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Friday, May 28, 2021 08:00 AM

This week, Ford announced that the all-electric F-150 Lightning is available for pre-order and will be delivered in 2022. We asked, would you consider EVs for your truck fleet? 

REsults of EV truck poll

 

 
June H-2B advocacy events Email
Written by John McMahon   
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 05:00 PM

ALCC would like to invite you to a couple of important H-2B events in June!

Colorado Representative Virtual Meetings, Tuesday, June 22, 7AM - 3PM (potentially 12PM)
In lieu of meeting with our Colorado representatives in person during the traditional July “fly-ins” that NALP has arranged in the past, ALCC will be coordinating Zoom calls on their behalf instead. While I would encourage you to still register with NALP for Legislative Days 2021 Virtual, please let me know if you are planning to attend. The day is scheduled from 7AM to 3PM, but my goal is to schedule the meetings tightly and hope to shorten the day to 7AM to 12PM if possible.

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Final rule on add'l visas and attestation form now available Email
Written by John McMahon   
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 02:00 PM

Good afternoon,

The final supplemental rule was posted to the Federal Register by the Department of Homeland Security today! Also here is the attestation form for irreparable harm (remember DOL will be auditing much more robustly this year).

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Pay attention to passwords Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 04:00 AM

At ALCC’s recent webinar on cybersecurity, expert Carlin Dornbusch reviewed some of the online security threats facing small businesses. Several high-profile data breaches and hacks have underscored the need for all of us to take cybersecurity very seriously.

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