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Easy-to-understand guidance from DOL around coronavirus workplace requirements Email
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 02:00 AM

Dept of LaborThis week, the U.S. Department of Labor issued additional guidance regarding the protections and requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) as workplaces reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Flexibility in Form I-9 compliance extended Email
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 01:00 AM

Form I-9The federal government will continue its policy of flexibility around Form I-9 requirements, it announced this week. Since many workplaces are operating remotely, compliance has been challenging.

Statewide mask order issued Email
Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:00 AM

Good afternoon, 

Today, Governor Polis signed a new executive order, which takes effect at midnight tonight and mandates that anyone in a public indoor space must wear a face covering. This order impacts the entire state, though some individual orders are already in place in Colorado municipalities and are more restrictive. For more information, please review the FAQ document and a one-page summary of the order, provided by the state.

ALCC will continue to monitor the situation and will seek guidance on the interpretation of the mandate to help landscape companies comply with the order. At this time, the consensus is that the order applies to public indoor spaces, so operations in your offices should strictly abide by the mandate. For workers outdoors, we recommend face coverings but don’t interpret that the order finds them mandatory outdoors. Of course, outdoor workers should continue to operate with social distancing on the job and follow current CDC and OSHA protocols. We will be sure to notify you if we learn more or understand that there will be increased requirements.

As we enter this next phase of the pandemic with more restrictions, the optics of our industry’s work will start to grow in its importance.

Violations of this statewide order can incur civil or criminal penalties under “trespassing” laws. Please be sure to check with the current rules in the municipalities where your crews work, as there may be further restrictions. In some cities, penalties for violating mask orders can incur up to $999 in fines, as is the case with the City and County of Denver.

Please keep ALCC informed if you or your employees encounter any problems or feedback with regard to this mandate or any pandemic-related restrictions. We will continue to monitor this fluid situation and update you as we learn more.

Warm Regards,


John McMahon | Chief Executive Officer
Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

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2020 Colorado legislative session was an unusual one Email
Tuesday, July 07, 2020 05:00 AM

2020 CO legislationGreenCO lobbyists Hicks & Associates presented a report on the 2020 Colorado legislative session last week. The highly unusual session began in January, was suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak, reconvened after more than two months, and ended June 15. In all there were:

Singing Hills shares secrets to 20 years of success Email
Tuesday, July 07, 2020 04:00 AM

Mike LemanFor an admitted introvert, Mike Leman’s influence in the landscape industry has been significant, especially around his advocacy work for H-2B guest workers. Leman is president & CEO at Singing Hills Landscape, Inc., Aurora, which is celebrating 25 years in business. He may be a quiet guy but his passion for “doing the right thing” is his steadfast “moral compass.” He knows what he believes, and with care and planning, he moves toward shaping changes he wants to see. His company has been the vehicle, but its employees have been the fuel.

Leverage uncertainty to discover personal and team strengths Email
Tuesday, July 07, 2020 03:00 AM

Eric HaugenHow many times will we hear the word “uncertainty?” In the last few months our industry has been forced to learn what CDC guidelines are, whether or not we are an essential business operation and if the Paycheck Protection Program is possible, to only list a few. This pandemic has forced us to shift our mindset from beautiful landscapes to the future of our business operations and financial viability. I will be the first to say that negative thoughts often creep into my mind as I worry about the potential of the next recession and its effects on my company’s future. However there is a bright future for those of us who adapt by effectively monitoring our financials and working hard on operational structures while keeping our teams safe.

Tech tip: printing an article from Colorado Green Email
Tuesday, July 07, 2020 02:00 AM

videoIf you'd like to save just a few pages of Colorado Green magazine to send to a colleague or keep in your own files for reference, this video will show you how. To begin, use your web browser to locate the digital edition of the magazine. Then, follow the steps in the video to create your custom PDF.

OSHA issues new guidance regarding the silica standard Email
Tuesday, July 07, 2020 01:00 AM

work dustOSHA recently issued new guidance regarding exposure to crystalline silica exposure. The updated guidance concerns enforcement of the silica safety standard as well as clarification of some points in the standard. From the OSHA announcement:

Supporting pollinators is good for business Email
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 05:00 AM

Pollinator WeekThis week, June 22-28, is Pollinator Week, but it’s always a good time to celebrate them. The public is eager to support birds, bees, and butterflies in their landscapes, so landscape professionals should be familiar with how to promote pollinator health in landscapes to serve consumer interest.

More than milkweed: plants for pollinators Email
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 04:00 AM

bees on a sunflowerAs interest continues to grow in gardening to support pollinator health, it can be helpful to have a list of recommended plants for homeowners who want to attract butterflies and bees to their yards. There is no shortage of resources to help you develop your own list of preferred plants.

Presidential order halts H-2B visas for 2020 Email
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 03:00 AM

US CapitolOn Monday, June 22, the president signed a proclamation suspending entry of all foreign workers through the end of the year. The proclamation includes H-2B workers, though there is an exemption for those H-2B workers directly employed in the food supply chain. This action will have an impact it on Colorado landscape companies that continue to struggle to fill available jobs.

Houzz finds homeowners moving forward with renovations Email
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 02:00 AM

Outdoor roomWhile the pandemic shut down the economy and affected unemployment, many homeowners moved forward with renovation plans, including landscape and outdoor living upgrades. A Houzz survey of nearly 1,000 homeowners in late April found that shelter-in-place orders moved people to take a closer look at their home and landscape and consider more improvement projects.

Keep crews safe in the heat Email
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 01:00 AM

shadeIt’s hot out there, and landscape professionals are as busy as ever, often working hard in record-breaking temperatures. That poses a risk for heat illness, so it’s important to train your crews in proper heat safety measures. Incorporate heat safety into your safety talks and be sure that workers know how to recognize heat illness and how to respond.

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