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Legislative Days on the Hill 2018 dates announced Email
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Friday, March 02, 2018 02:00 AM


Save the dates

Legislative Days on the Hill allows you to become a Washington “insider” on the legislative and regulatory agenda for the landscape industry. Join ALCC members for this three-day event in Washington, D.C. July 15-17 hosted by NALP.

Learn more at NALP's site.

 
Update on SB18-062 (3/1/18) Email
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Friday, March 02, 2018 02:00 AM

A legislative update from our partners at the Accredited Snow Contractors Association:

The Colorado State Senate passed SB 18-062 on third reading, 27-8. However, ASCA Executive Director Kevin Gilbride says a lot of work still needs to be done as the association's model legislation heads to the House for consideration.

The bill may require some additional tweaking to appease opposition forces building in the House. The addition of the right amendment could neutralize any existing political dissension for SB 18-062.

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2018 H-2B cap hit--calls to Congress needed Email
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Thursday, March 01, 2018 02:00 AM

H-2B update

Please see the announcement below from USCIS. It is clear that 66% of need seasonal positions will not be filled due to the H-2B cap. We need your help to immediately urge Congress to include H-2B cap relief in the fiscal 2018 spending bill that lawmakers are currently negotiating. The current spending bill that funds the Federal Government runs out on March 23. We need your continued help to make sure that Congress acts. We know many of you have repeatedly reached out to your lawmakers, but please do so again NOW. We need your help to #saveH2B.

What Can You Do?

          • Please call your Representative and Senators at their Washington, DC offices and stress the need for immediate cap relief. You can reach your elected officials through the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to the office ask to speak to the staff person who handles H-2B issues. 
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Please Ask Congress Again to #SaveH2B - 2/26/18 Email
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Monday, February 26, 2018 02:00 AM


H-2B updateThe Department of Labor (DOL) began issuing labor certifications for H-2B petitions on February 20. As of February 22, DOL certified H-2B petitions for 42,802 workers and these petitions have all presumably been submitted by employers to the Department of Homeland Security for the next step in H-2B processing. Based on DOL statistics, it is clear that about 66% of requested H-2B visas will go unfilled unless Congress passes H-2B cap relief. It is essential that Congress hear again from all employers who use the H-2B program. Failure to pass immediate cap relief will significantly harm American small and seasonal businesses and their American employees.

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Update on H-2B certification rollout (Feb 14 2018) Email
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Thursday, February 15, 2018 02:00 AM
Update on H-2B certification rollout
According to a source for the H-2B Workforce Coalition at the Department of Labor, we understand that:
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Support H-2B program at Coffman town hall Email
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 02:00 AM
Mike Coffman CO-06 Town Hall Meeting

US Representative Mike Coffman, Colorado District 6, will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday, February 20th, beginning at 6:00pm at Cherry Creek High School in Denver.
District 6 constituents are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion and express their support of the H-2B visa program.
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Keep calling about H-2B cap relief (2-9-18) Email
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Friday, February 09, 2018 02:00 AM

Early this morning President Trump signed into law a temporary spending measure to fund the federal government through March 23. The bill does not include any H-2B cap relief.

Congress is expected to use the next six weeks to negotiate a final spending bill for the remainder of fiscal year 2018. It is essential that lawmakers include H-2B cap relief in the year-end spending bill. We know you have reached out repeatedly to your lawmakers, but we need you to do so again and stress the urgent need for H-2B cap relief.

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State bill regarding snow removal will have a hearing February 14 Email
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Friday, February 09, 2018 02:00 AM

snow plowOur colleagues at the Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA) have exciting news for Colorado snow removal companies regarding the Snow Removal Liability Limitations Act, which ASCA created as a model legislation. As ASCA explains:

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Letters to Congress stress the urgent need for H-2B cap relief (2-2-18) Email
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Monday, February 05, 2018 02:00 AM

ALCC and other members of the H-2B Workforce Coalition sent letters Friday afternoon to House and Senate leaders and to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee. The letters stress the need for H-2B cap relief.

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DOL announcement regarding H-2B processing Jan 2018 Email
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Thursday, January 18, 2018 02:00 AM

US Department of Labor issued the following announcement yesterday regarding H-2B visa processing:

January 17, 2018. H-2B Processing Announcement
The Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is making this announcement to alert employers and other interested stakeholders about a process change to better assure fairness regarding the issuance of H-2B temporary labor certifications due to the unprecedented volume of applications received on January 1, 2018.

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H-2B processing change announced on the federal register (1-23-18) Email
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Thursday, January 18, 2018 02:00 AM

This morning, the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration submitted a notice to the federal register.

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Urgent action needed to #SaveH2B 1-8-17 Email
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Monday, January 08, 2018 12:00 PM


Please continue to Help #SaveH-2B - a message from the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

Congress is back in session this week. It is critical that your elected officials continue to hear from you about the need for immediate H-2B cap relief.  As you know, the first 33,000-visa cap was reached on December 15 and the second half cap will be reached soon.  Unless Congress acts promptly, many seasonal employers could be shut out of the H-2B program this year.  Please ask your Senators and Representative to include H-2B cap relief in any upcoming appropriations bill and to speak personally to their party leaders about the need for cap relief.

Specifically, we hope you will take the following actions:

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High volume of H-2B applications received for 2018 Email
Thursday, January 04, 2018 02:00 AM

H-2B visa program

On January 3, 2018, Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) issued a public service announcement regarding H-2B requests for temporary labor certification, second half of fiscal year (FY) 2018. We expect the second half cap to be reached once these applications get to DHS. Please share the information below with your Representative and Senators and stress the urgent need for immediate H-2B cap relief. Urge your lawmakers to personally reach out to their party leaders and appropriations committee leaders and encourage them to include H-2B cap relief as part of any relevant legislation.

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