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White House Guidelines for Opening Up America Again Email
Friday, April 17, 2020 02:00 PM

On Thursday, the White House unveiled its Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phase approach to reopening the economy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are instructions for individuals, employers, and some specific industries such as schools and large venues.

Once the state or region has met proposed gating criteria, the following guidelines for employers should be followed.

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COVID-19 safety sheet for landscape crews Email
Friday, April 17, 2020 06:45 AM

Are you working on a safety plan for your time in light of COVID-19? ALCC board member Ben Fisk shared the one-page COVID-19 safety sheet he created for the employee handbook at Fisk Lawnscapes, Colorado Springs. "As we hire seasonal workers this is an important update for our teams, Fisk noted. "This was adapted from the NAHB resources they sent out a week ago."

View the safety sheet. Landscape companies are welcome to use this safety sheet in their own team safety plan. Thanks, Ben, for sharing your resources!

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].

 
OSHA releases interim guidance related to COVID-19 Email
Friday, April 17, 2020 12:00 AM

OSHA has released COVID-19-related interim guidance this week. One announcement concerns the agency's attempt to consider an employer's good faith efforts at compliance. The other announcement concerns advice regarding recordkeeping requirements related to COVID-19 illness.

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CEO update for April 16, 2020 Email
Thursday, April 16, 2020 06:30 PM

Good evening,

Yesterday ALCC hosted another webinar for members, this time discussing HR and business topics related to the pandemic. It was two hours packed with valuable information and great questions from members in attendance. If you were unable to attend or want to review the information, you can listen to the recorded webinar here.

Unfortunately, yesterday evening it was announced that funds for Payment Protection Program (PPP) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), provided by the COVID-19 stimulus package, had been depleted and no new applications can be accepted. But like many of you, we have heard that there could be additional dollars made available for PPP and EIDL in a forthcoming additional relief act. With that in mind there are two things you can do:

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PPP and EIDL resources Email
Thursday, April 16, 2020 02:00 PM

Over the last few weeks, ALCC has gathered a number of resources related to understanding the process of applying for PPP and EIDL loans. We've assembled them here for reference. We ask that you contact your Congressional representatives and senators and urge them to support the release of additional funds for these programs in order to address the many small businesses that were unable to be approved before the funds from the first relief packages were exhausted. New resources and news on any additional funds will be shared at www.alcc.com/covid and on our blog as they become available.

From SBA, which manages PPP:

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All available PPP loan and EIDL funds are depleted Email
Thursday, April 16, 2020 09:00 AM

On April 15, it was announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program had reached the limit in approving funds.

On the Small Business Association (SBA) website, SBA announced, "Lapse in Appropriations Notice: SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. EIDL applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis."

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H-2B update for April 15, 2020 Email
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 05:40 PM
This evening we have several updates to share regarding H-2B and H-2A:
  1. In today’s H-2B Workforce Coalition call, and in light of DHS suspending its rule on supplemental H-2B visas for 2020, ALCC has signed onto a letter to be sent to DHS next week. There are seven specific “asks” in the letter, mainly focused on stressing that H-2B petitions should receive similar treatment to H-2A, permitting H-2B workers to be transferred between employers (including those already in country from 1st cap), and making supplemental visas available should there be a swift rebound to the economy. Jump to a summary of the letter from the H-2B Workforce Coalition.
  2. The Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) released an updated list of H-2B foreign labor recruiters for first half of fiscal year 2020. Jump to the announcement.
  3. OFLC released public disclosure data and program statistics for the first half of fiscal year 2020. Jump to the announcement.
  4. USDA temporarily amended certain H-2A requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jump to the news release.
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OSHA prioritizes inspections related to COVID-19 Email
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 12:00 AM
OSHA will prioritize inspections based on complaints related to COVID-19 safety measures. See the announcement below:

U.S. Department of Labor Announces OSHA Interim Enforcement Response Plan to Protect Workers during the Coronavirus Pandemic

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COVID-19 and the landscpape industry: CEO update April 13 Email
Monday, April 13, 2020 05:00 PM

Good afternoon,

We’ve been monitoring events related to the COVID-19 outbreak as they apply to the landscape industry, including the governor’s press conference today. We did not hear of any increased restrictions statewide other than isolated instances in areas like Pitkin County.

We encourage you to notify us if you encounter further restrictions in your area. We also continue to urge companies to demonstrate strong social distancing and safety practices to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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More stimulus loan money announced by Federal Reserve Email
Thursday, April 09, 2020 12:00 AM

Today the Federal Reserve announced an expansion of loans to support employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The actions are expected to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans. From the official announcement:

"Our country's highest priority must be to address this public health crisis, providing care for the ill and limiting the further spread of the virus," said Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome H. Powell. "The Fed's role is to provide as much relief and stability as we can during this period of constrained economic activity, and our actions today will help ensure that the eventual recovery is as vigorous as possible."

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OSHA reminder: employers cannot retaliate against whistleblowers Email
Wednesday, April 08, 2020 09:00 AM

OSHA issued a reminder that employers cannot retaliate against workers reporting unsafe conditions during coronavirus pandemic. Read the announcement below:

The U.S Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers that it is illegal to retaliate against workers because they report unsafe and unhealthful working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. Acts of retaliation can include terminations, demotions, denials of overtime or promotion, or reductions in pay or hours.

“Employees have the right to safe and healthy workplaces,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt. “Any worker who believes that their employer is retaliating against them for reporting unsafe working conditions should contact OSHA immediately.”

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Use the right tools to clean your workplace Email
Wednesday, April 08, 2020 12:00 AM

OSHA offers this short video on cleaning and disinfecting your workplace.

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].

 
Join our webinar on April 15, 2020 Email
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 03:00 PM

COVID-19 webinar: Effects of the pandemic on Colorado landscape businesses

Join ALCC members for a two-hour webinar on Wednesday, April 15 to discuss the ongoing effects of coronavirus pandemic on the landscape industry in Colorado. The following topics will be discussed:

  • Financial strategies to implement for business stability during a time of uncertainty, including SBA loans
  • Human resources insights
  • Insurance updates
  • Landscape company best practices in communications and operations
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