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.
811 locates impacted by COVID-19 Email
Monday, March 16, 2020 11:00 AM

CO 811 locatesColorado 811 has issued an update on the COVID-19 impact on operations. Please keep in mind that as of today (March 16), 811 locates rules are still in effect. From their website:

The Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission is requiring all member facility owners/operators to respond to all excavation notices/tickets during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Colorado 811 understands that some organizations are closing their offices, still please keep in mind not only do members/facility owners need to respond to all tickets but they MUST in all cases respond to emergency and damage tickets (communication to the excavator and/or marks on the ground).
ALCC legislation blog becomes breaking news hub Email
Monday, March 16, 2020 10:00 AM

As we deal with the impact of COVID-19 on Colorado landscape companies, the ALCC LAB (Legislation & Advocacy Blog) will become a hub for news about issues that affect ALCC members and landscape industry professionals in Colorado. We aim to be a resource to our industry and can use our blog, usually dedicated to issues of industry advocacy and related legislation, as a clearinghouse for the information that is coming in at a fast pace.

If you have news or information to share, please let us know at [email protected].

H-2B visa cap FAQs: March 9, 2020 Email
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 12:00 AM
Read the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) issued by the Department of Labor regarding the H-2B visa program and the release of supplemental visas here.
Statement on supplemental H-2B visas march 6, 2020 Email
Friday, March 06, 2020 12:00 AM

The H-2B Workforce Coalition issued a statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security's announcement on Thursday that additional supplemental H-2B visas would be released.

Statement on Supplemental H-2B Visas

Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it plans to make 35,000 supplemental H-2B visas available this fiscal year. While we appreciate that this marks the highest number of supplemental visas that the Department has proposed to release, the number still falls well short of meeting the workforce needs of seasonal employers across the country. In addition, the Department proposes to include several new conditions upon American businesses seeking to employ workers on these additional H-2B visas. These conditions are likely to prevent many seasonal employers from taking advantage of the new visas to meet their workforce needs.

We urge DHS to reconsider the impact that these new conditions will have on seasonal employers across the country. Furthermore, we implore Congress to permanently update the H-2B cap to reflect the workforce needs of the American economy that exists today, not the one that existed 30 years ago.

Supplemental H-2B visas announcement March 5, 2020 Email
Thursday, March 05, 2020 01:00 PM

ALCC just received word from Sam Love and Senator Gardner’s office that DHS has released the following information (see below) about the supplemental H-2B visas. Additionally, we are including a message from Congressman Harris’s office regarding the release. While this is fewer than the 45,000 supplemental visas reported in the Wall Street Journal article, it is 5,000 more supplemental visas than the year before. As expected, it did come with a number of integrity measures and restrictions. More information as it becomes available. 

Announcement from DHS

DHS to Improve Integrity of Visa Program for Foreign Workers

H-2B Cap Reached for Second Half of FY2020 Email
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:00 AM

Announcement made from USCIS:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to meet the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal year 2020. Feb. 18, 2020, was the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before Oct. 1, 2020. USCIS will reject new cap-subject H-2B petitions received after Feb. 18 that request an employment start date before Oct. 1.

H-2B advocacy: Congressional letter deadline is 1/16/20 Email
Monday, January 13, 2020 12:00 AM

As a reminder, Reps. Harris (R-MD), Pingree (D-ME), Bergman (R-MI) and Keating (D-MA) and Senators King (I-ME) and Rounds (R-SD) are circulating a letter to the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security asking that he immediately release all of the additional H-2B visas authorized under the law. We hope that this letter will garner an overwhelming number of signatures from Members of Congress and Senators to send a clear message to DHS that we need quick action to address the H-2B cap.

HB20-1089 loses in committee Email
Monday, January 13, 2020 12:00 AM

Colorado House Bill 20-1089 (HB20-1089), has lost in committee. It was voted down unanimously. 

The bill, Employee Protection Lawful Off-duty Activities, was introduced January 20, 2020 and would have “prohibit[ed] an employer from terminating an employee for the employee's lawful off-duty activities that are lawful under state law even if those activities are not lawful under federal law. 

Learn more via CBS4.

H-2B update on randomized application processing Email
Thursday, January 09, 2020 04:00 PM

Please see the letter from Reps. Harris (R-MD), Pingree (D-ME), Bergman (D-MI) and Keating (D-MA) and Senators King (I-ME) and Rounds (R-SD). The letter to the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security requests the immediate release of all additional H-2B visas authorized under the law. If H-2B supporters can collect a large number of signatures from Senators and Representatives, it will send a clear message to the Department of Homeland Security that we need quick action to address the H-2B cap.

How you can help

Calls needed today (Nov 15) to #SaveH2B Email
Friday, November 15, 2019 12:00 AM

We are in the final hours of having the House letter, circulated by Reps. Bergman (R-MI) and Keating (D-MA), signed. We are still awaiting signatures from the Colorado representatives listed below. Please reach our to your representative if they are on this list, and ask them to sign the letter as soon as possible. The deadline to sign is 2:00 PM Mountain time, so please call now and ask to speak with the staffer listed below.

Updated H-2B cap count 11-4-19 Email
Monday, November 04, 2019 12:00 AM

H-2B cap count update

Please see the following update on the H-2B cap count from USCIS.

Cap Count for H-2B Nonimmigrants

H-2B fly-in November 13, 2019 Email
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 12:00 AM

H-2B fly-in on November 13, 2019

On Wednesday, November 13, there will be a Capitol Hill fly-in to support the H-2B visa program. If you are available to join us, please contact John McMahon at 303 757-5611.

A copy of the H-2B Colorado delegation letter is now available. Some media coverage has resulted from the sending of this letter to the Appropriations Committee.

Finally, please make time to attend the luncheon with Rep. Neguse November 7 at noon at the Omni Interlocken in Broomfield. Here is the link for signup and registration. This fundraiser luncheon is an excellent opportunity for those using H-2B seasonal workers to further discuss H-2B cap relief further with the Representative.

ALCC will continue to update you on the H-2B program as the situation develops.

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