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Denver mayor issues stay-at-home order Email
Monday, March 23, 2020 05:00 PM

Following the governor’s order regarding reducing the workforce by 50% in an attempt to slow the spread of Coronavirus, Mayor Hancock has now issued a stay-at-home order for City and County of Denver. Takes effect at 5 PM on March 24 and is in effect until April 10.

The order requires that all people in the City & County of Denver stay home and businesses implement work from home policies and delivery of goods to the greatest extent possible.

UPDATE (March 24): the order has been amended. See quote below regarding the amendments to the order. Visit the City/County website for the latest information.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act National Online Dialogue Email
Monday, March 23, 2020 02:00 PM

The US Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division has issued the following invitation to participating in a dialogue regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

The U.S. Department of Labor will be hosting a national online dialogue to provide employers and employees with an innovative opportunity to offer their perspective as the Department develops compliance assistance materials and outreach strategies related to the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

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E-verify announces adjustments and flexibility Email
Monday, March 23, 2020 01:00 PM

Please see the following announcement distributed via email regarding E-Verify:

E-Verify extends timeframe for taking action to resolve Tentative Nonconfirmations
E-Verify is extending the timeframe to take action to resolve Social Security Administration (SSA) Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs) due to SSA office closures to the public.

E-Verify is also extending the timeframe to take action to resolve Department of Homeland Security (DHS) TNCs in limited circumstances when an employee cannot resolve a TNC due to public or private office closures.

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Colorado executive ordinance to reduce in-person workforce Email
Monday, March 23, 2020 11:00 AM

A message from ALCC CEO John McMahon

Sunday evening, Governor Polis issued an order that requires non-critical workplaces in Colorado to reduce their in-person workforce temporarily by 50% due to the presence of COVID-19 in our state, and is requesting a reduction of more than 50% if possible. To achieve this, employees who are able to should telework, and others who cannot telework should stagger work schedules to reduce physical proximity of employees. This order does not apply to employers who can certify that employees are no closer than six feet apart during the workday, or to businesses which are critical industries. See the full order and exemptions.

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Green industry provides essential services Email
Monday, March 23, 2020 01:00 AM

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and anticipated challenges to the green industry, ALCC is aware of the concern that the green industry should be categorized as an essential service. ALCC and its GreenCO partners are working to ensure that our industry is recognized as the essential service that we know it to be.

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Prepare for additional PPP/EIDL relief funds Email
Saturday, March 21, 2020 12:00 AM

As we await an announcement from the government about a relief bill that would replenish funds for programs like PPP and EIDL, we want to offer some information that we’ve gathered from landscape companies that have been through the application process.

If you were unable to secure funds in the first round of applications or if you are just considering it for the first time, it is important to be ready to apply the moment new funds are made available. Take this time to prepare yourself with these tips:

Talk with your bank. Stay in touch with your bank and maintain a good relationship with your contact. Be sure that they are aware of your intention to apply for relief funds and ask them for any advice they might have. Most importantly, make sure that your bank is an approved 7A lender, has the capacity to accept your PPP or EIDL application, and will be available to help you.

If your current bank is not able to help you, you might consider contacting other banks. We spoke with some company owners who had to take their application elsewhere when their existing bank was not cooperating with them. Be sure that other lenders you approach are accepting applications from new customers; some banks have restrictions on handling relief loans for customers that have not had a previous relationship with them.

Get your paperwork in order. Don’t wait until the funds are announced to begin the process of applying. Talk with your lender and find out what they will need to process your application. Get all of the necessary documents ready to move quickly. When the process reopens, you should already have digital copies of all documents on standby for sending. This is a digital, online process; the pandemic’s restriction and the volume of applications expected mean that this is not the time to complete the process on paper. Don’t slow yourself down by trying to print and mail a handwritten paper application.

Beware of scams. The pandemic has created a new crop of scams. Many scams or phishing emails can look incredibly convincing and can prey on your desire to complete the funding process quickly. Note that the SBA will not email you directly about your application. If you receive such an email, pick up the phone and call your bank. Before giving out any sensitive information by phone or email, take a moment to call your lender directly to confirm that the call or email is legitimate.

ALCC has put together a number of resources related to PPP and EIDL on our blog. To learn more, we also recommend the following organizations:

Please follow our blog for breaking news and visit www.alcc.com/covid for helpful resources. You can also keep up with our latest blog posts by following us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

Let us know how your experience with the relief application process is going. Your feedback lets us know where we need to focus our advocacy efforts in order to support you.

Warm regards,

John

John McMahon | Chief Executive Officer
Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

 
Dislocated Worker Grants could provide $100M for those unemployed by COVID-19 outbreak Email
Friday, March 20, 2020 06:00 PM

The US Dept. of Labor (DOL) today announced grants for displaced workers affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. From the announcement:

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of up to $100 million for Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) to help address the workforce-related impacts of the public health emergency related to COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a nationwide public health emergency as a result of confirmed cases of the coronavirus. This federal declaration enables the Secretary of Labor to award Disaster Recovery DWGs to help address the workforce-related impacts of this public health emergency (WIOA Act Section 170(a)(1)(B)).

Read the full announcement from DOL.

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Hiring during COVID-19 outbreak Email
Friday, March 20, 2020 12:00 AM

Hiring during COVID-19 outbreak

Coronavirus With companies being impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, unemployment filings have risen in the last week. Landscape companies with a labor shortage may be able to help displaced workers and fill their labor gap. ALCC members will receive communications about cooperation with ski, hospitality, and restaurant industries to help connect workers with jobs in the landscape industry. [If you work at an ALCC member company but do not receive our email communications, contact [email protected] to have your membership verified and to be added to our member communications database.]

Colorado Springs station KKTV 11 News is collecting information on businesses that are hiring. You can send your job opening tips to [email protected]

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USCIS will be more flexible about signatures during COVID outbreak Email
Friday, March 20, 2020 12:00 AM

USCIS Announces Flexibility in Submitting Required Signatures During COVID-19 National Emergency

Coronavirus See today's announcement from USCIS regarding submitting required signatures during the current outbreak:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency announced by President Trump on March 13, 2020, we will accept all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures, including the Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, for submissions dated March 21, 2020, and beyond.  

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First Coronavirus relief act signed into law this week Email
Thursday, March 19, 2020 03:00 PM

Families First Act & Expansion of Mandatory Paid Leave Provisions

CoronavirusUPDATE: DOL has issued FAQs regarding the new law:https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

This week, the President signed into law the Families First Act (H.R. 6021), the first of multiple aid packages to help citizens in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. The law is effective April 2, 2020. NALP has created a summary document detailing the responsibilities that this law puts upon employers and businesses.  

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Local government and utilities can be resources during COVID-19 outbreak Email
Thursday, March 19, 2020 11:00 AM

Stay up to date with your community

Coronavirus Check with your utility company or local government website for the latest information in your community. Below are a few quick links to some utility companies and municipalities across the state:

Get the latest on utility locates via https://colorado811.org/covid-19-impact/.

Share your ideas, resources, etc. with us at [email protected]. ALCC has compiled resources at www.alcc.com/covid.

 
Adjusting operations in response to COVID-19 Email
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 02:00 PM

Adjusting operations in response to COVID-19

CoronavirusALCC is listening, and members are telling us about adjustments to their services that they are implementing in response the COVID-19 outbreak. We'll update this page as suggestions come in. Some tactics that Colorado landscape companies are considering or putting into effect include:

  • Not applying fertilizer as they normally might at this time of year. This could help reduce the amount of labor spent on mowing going forward.
  • Limiting irrigation (especially for Kentucky bluegrass) to slow growth.
  • Applying pre-emergent. In anticipation of the possibility that companies could be asked or required to pause operations, some companies are focusing on pre-emergent to help keep weeds at bay should they need to stay away from properties for some time.
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COVID-19 news from the landscape industry Email
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 02:00 PM

How are your peers handling COVID-19 in their business?

CoronavirusIn conversations with ALCC members, we've learned that landscape companies are responding to the Coronavirus outbreak with the health and safety of their employees and communities in mind. Some tactics being practiced by members include:

      • Smaller crews and workgroup separation to accommodate safe social distancing.
      • Hiring events have been canceled or postponed.
      • Crew members travel to work sites in their own vehicles to keep social distancing protocols.
      • Disinfectants, hand sanitizer, soap/water and other hygiene supplies are made available for each vehicle.
      • Reviewing CDC and OSHA guidelines with all employees to understand the proper protocols and sanitizing practices.
      • Staggered start times for staff and crews in 15-minute increments. This allows crews to clock in, load equipment and leave for work sites before the next crew.
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