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ALCC/GreenCO post-election review and analysis Email
Thursday, November 10, 2016 02:00 AM

ALCC/GreenCO lobbyists have issued a "2016 Post Election Review and Analysis" on issues related to the green industry in Colorado. You can view the report here

UPDATE: An updated report was added at 11:06AM on 11/10/2016.

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Revised I-9 form coming by November 22 Email
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 02:00 AM

Form I-9Department of Homeland Security's US Citizenship and Immigration Services issued an update on the Form I-9 revision. The previous form was set to expire March 31, 2016.

USCIS will publish the revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, by November 22, 2017. Employers may continue using Form I-9 dated 03/08/2013 N. through Jan. 21, 2017. By Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use the revised form. Employers should continue to retain and store previously completed forms for existing and former employees in accordance with guidance provided on I-9 Central.  

Form I-9 is required by employers in order to document verification of the identity and employment authorization of each new employee (both citizen and noncitizen). Find a copy of the currently accepted form at www.uscis.gov.

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New Ft Collins ordinance affects landscape companies Email
Friday, November 04, 2016 02:00 AM


Leaf blowerA new ordinance in Fort Collins related to fugitive dust that went into effect November 1, 2016 impacts landscape companies. It applies to leaf removal and saw cutting. See: Dust Prevention and Control Manual

The City of Fort Collins has offered to provide ALCC members with a training session to discuss the ordinance, clarify compliance, and answer questions specifically about leaf blowers. ALCC is working with the City to schedule this session so that members' questions can be addressed.

CORRECTION: The City is NOT forming an advisory group to look into any possible ban of leaf blowers (or other maintenance equipment) at this time, as previously noted in this post.

According to conversations with the City of Fort Collins:

          • They are actively reaching out to stakeholders regarding the Fugitive Dust Ordinance that went into effect Nov. 1.
          • The City is interested in providing a training class for our members about this ordinance, what's involved with compliance and to answer questions you may have. 
          • The City is NOT considering a ban on leaf blowers at this time.
          • And the City isn't currently forming an advisory group to gather input on lawn and garden maintenance equipment regulations.

We apologize for any confusion and unnecessary distress caused by the previous post. ALCC appreciates the City's patience in taking calls from concerned members as a result of that post or our email to members. We appreciate the City's efforts to clarify the situation with us and also their willingness to help inform our industry about this recent ordinance pertaining to fugitive dust.

If you have questions about this ordinance, please contact Jenna Channel, Assoc. Environmental Planner at 970.416.4235 or [email protected]

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H-2B 11/4/16 update: grassroots efforts needed before the election Email
Friday, November 04, 2016 02:00 AM
H-2B action needed

Help #SaveH-2B!
During the final weekend before the Presidential and Congressional elections, many Representatives and Senators are out in their communities doing campaign events. If you have an opportunity to attend an event, we encourage you to go and remind your elected officials that they must address the H-2B program in upcoming appropriations bills. Lawmakers return to Washington, DC on November 14, but staff work on appropriations bills is going on right now.

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Boulder County hauler ordinance update set for public hearing Email
Friday, October 28, 2016 11:00 AM

 

Not a truck in boulderThe latest draft of the Boulder County Hauler Ordinance update, which includes landscapers, is now available. View or download the update here.

This will be going before the Commissioners in a public hearing in the near future, and Boulder County is still open to feedback.

To share your feedback, ask questions, or get updates on the date for the upcoming public hearing, contact Leigh Ratterman, Zero Waste Sustainability Specialist for Boulder County, at 720-564-2238 or [email protected]

You can review the latest draft of the proposed changes here .

Previously on the LAB:

Boulder County proposed changes to hauler ordinance affect landscape companies

 

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GreenCO positions on November 2016 ballot amendments Email
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 07:00 AM

ballot boxAs election day approaches, ALCC shares its position regarding several Colorado amendments up for vote. While not actively lobbying for or against these measures, the green industry is interested in the outcome of voting and offers these recommendations:

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H-2B 9/30 update: returning work exemption not renewed Email
Friday, September 30, 2016 02:00 AM
H-2B action needed

Yesterday, President Obama signed a bill into law to fund the Federal Government through December 9. Unfortunately, the measure did not renew the H-2B returning worker exemption.

While the returning worker is now set to expire on October 1, the H-2B regulatory provisions that prevent DOL from enforcing corresponding employment and the ¾ guarantee, allow for the use of wage surveys, limit some DOL enforcement authority and provide for a 10-month season, will automatically be extended through December 9.

In the meantime, the Department of Homeland Security recommends that employers continue to include returning workers on H-2B petitions so that these workers can be removed from the cap count if Congress reinstates the H-B returning worker exemption later this year.

Your continued help in weighing in with Congress through emails, calls,and social media are greatly appreciated. Continued outreach will help us be successful in getting the returning worker exemption signed into law in December.

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It's best to be prepared for the federal overtime rule change Email
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 02:00 AM

Landscape company owners are sure to be affected by the upcoming federal overtime rule changes, which could affect the exempt status of employees. The new rule, which goes into effect December 1, 2016, is being challenged by several lawsuits. The National Association of Landscape Professionals has joined a coalition of businesses to challenge the rule.

In response to the lawsuits, US Labor Secretary Thomas Perez released a strong statement in support of the new rule and its implementation.

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HR 6094 would extend deadline for federal overtime rule Email
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 02:00 AM

time clockThe Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act (HR 6094) would extend the deadline for implementation of and compliance with the new federal overtime rules. The new deadline would be June 1, 2017. A similar bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate.

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H-2B returning worker exemption not renewed in latest bill Email
Friday, September 23, 2016 02:00 AM
H-2B action needed
Update from the H-2B Workforce Coalition:
The Senate just released its continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 9. A summary is below. The returning worker exemption is apparently not renewed in the bill, which means we have to work even harder to get it included in the final omnibus appropriations bill that will be drafted after the elections.
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USCIS: "H-2B Employers Should Continue to Identify 'Returning Workers' in Petitions for FY 2017" Email
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 02:00 AM

H-2B action needed

USCIS posted the following on September 13, 2016

USCIS urges prospective H-2B employers seeking to hire potential “returning workers” with employment start dates in fiscal year (FY) 2017 to continue to identify these workers and provide the H-2B Returning Worker Certification.

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Green Industries of Colorado Releases Endorsements of Legislative Candidates Email
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 02:00 AM

GreenCOThe Green Industries of Colorado (GreenCO) endorses and supports candidates who it believes are supportive of policies that will support and not hinder small businesses, which includes legislation around uniform sales tax definitions, employer requirements for paid leave and other benefits and construction defects. The Colorado Water Plan and water policy that is crafted in support of the plan, specifically to outdoor water use, is very important to the organization. In addition, GreenCO supports candidates who are supportive of opportunities for trade education in secondary education and who support policies that enhance the state’s economic climate for business and job growth.

To determine endorsements and financial support, the GreenCO Political Committee interviewed candidates and reviewed incumbent voting records for the 2015 and 2016 sessions. Candidates endorsed by GreenCO are individuals with whom GreenCO can work with at the State Capitol and who will be supportive of green industry businesses.

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Help #SaveH-2B (Sept 2016) Email
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 02:00 AM
H-2B action neededThe H-2B Workforce Coalition has issued a call-to-action to support the H-2B visa program:
Help #SaveH-2B!

We need your help to make sure that the H-2B returning worker exemption is included in a temporary spending measure that Congress is currently drafting.

Congress is currently drafting a short-term spending bill, or continuing resolution, to keep the government funded for the next couple of months. Prior to the August recess, the House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the fiscal 2017 Department of Homeland Appropriations bill, which would renew the H-2B returning worker exemption for another year.  The Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the Department of Labor Appropriations bill that would extend the H-2B regulatory relief for another year and provide additional resources for H-2B processing.

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