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Urge your rep to sign the Harris letter and support H-2B Email
Thursday, December 01, 2016 02:00 AM
H-2B action needed

Update: See the signed letter .

Urgent call to action for today, from the H-2B Workforce Coalition: 

Please see the letter that Rep. Harris (R-MD) is circulating asking House leaders to include the returning worker exemption in the upcoming continuing resolution.  Please urge your Representative to sign into this letter to House leadership by calling now!  You can reach him or her through the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to the office, ask to speak to the person who handles the H-2B program and urge the member to sign this letter immediately. Please call, then follow up with an email to the staffer you have been working with. In order to sign the letter, staff should reach out to Tim Daniels with Rep. Andy Harris.

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Federal overtime rule blocked by US court Email
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 02:00 PM

federal overtime ruleOn Tuesday, November 23, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction against the implementation of new federal overtime rules for so-called white collar workers. The rules, which would have impacted four million workers, were set to take effect Thursday, December 1. Attorneys general in 21 states joined forces to sue the Department of Labor to block the rule changes. A second lawsuit challenging the rule changes had also been filed by more than 50 business groups.

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Letters sent to appropriations committees about H-2B Email
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 02:00 AM
H-2B action needed

The H-2B Workforce Coalition and supporters of the H-2B visa program sent letters to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders. Letters were also sent to House and Senate Republican and Democratic Leadership. The letters urge lawmakers to reinstate the H-2B returning worker exemption in the continuing resolution that is currently being drafted and slated to run through March 31.

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OSHA releases guide for compliance with silica exposure final rule Email
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 02:00 AM

Last week, OSHA issued a guide for small businesses regarding the final rule for silica dust exposure.

We are pleased to inform you that OSHA’s Small Entity Compliance Guide for Construction is now available. The guide is intended to help small business employers comply with the rule by explaining each requirement in easy-to-understand language. Enforcement of the final rule in construction is due to begin June 23, 2017.

A separate compliance guide for General Industry and Maritime will be available soon. Enforcement for general industry and maritime is due to begin on June 23, 2018.

For full details, visit www.osha.gov/silica/

Previously on the LAB:

OSHA final rule aims to curb silicosis

 

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H-2B update: Congress is back in Washington Email
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 02:00 PM
H-2B action needed

Help #SaveH-2B!

From the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

Congress returns to Washington today. After organizing for next Congress, the first order of business will be addressing federal government spending for the remainder of the fiscal year (December 9, 2016-September 30, 2017). While it is not yet clear if Congress will finish all of the spending bills or pass another short-term, IS IT ESSENTIAL THAT YOU CALL AND EMAIL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND ASK THEM TO ADDRESS THE H-2B RETURNING WORKER EXEMPTION AND H-2B REGULATORY RELIEF IN ANY UPCOMING APPROPRIATIONS BILL.

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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.

For updates on this issue, subscribe to the LAB or visit https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central.

 
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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