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Question about face covering requirement for outdoor work Email
Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:00 AM

Recently, a member posed a question to ALCC regarding state mandates regarding face coverings. While one statement says that masks are to be worn indoors but not necessarily outdoors, the public health order states elsewhere that all essential businesses are to wear masks--with no specification regarding indoors vs. outdoors. The landscape company that approached ALCC noted that "wearing a mask in 90-degree weather is becoming hazardous to their health" and asked for our help in getting clarification regarding essential workers who work outdoors. 

In speaking with our lobbyists, who are closely following health orders and executive orders and related regulations, we received the following guidance:

Here are a few lines that would relate to the public health order for landscaping. If outside and six feet apart, masks are not required. Only when dealing directly with customers or interactions with others inside six feet and for safety reasons.
  • Maintain six-foot distancing from other employees and customers
  • Adhere to all general rules or guidance on social gathering limitations when working in the field, including in someone’s business or personal home
  • Require gloves and face coverings or masks for any in-person interactions or work being done in third-party homes or office spaces
  • Require service providers to stay home if showing any symptoms or signs of sickness or if they have had contact with a known positive case
  • Provide estimates, invoices, and other documentation electronically (no paper)
  • Seek contactless payment options (whenever possible)

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Free COVID-19 testing now available, Governor Polis announces (May 18) Email
Monday, May 18, 2020 11:00 AM

Colorado Governor Polis announced today that those with symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested for free (no co-pay). Learn more and find a testing site near you at covid19.colorado.gov.  

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].

 
H-2B support letter sent to President today Email
Friday, May 15, 2020 04:00 PM

ALCC signed onto a letter sent to President Trump today by the H-2B Workforce Coalition. The letter stresses the need for seasonal workers in order to sustain America's seasonal businesses and the American workers who rely on those businesses. It also presents data that supports the need for H-2B temporary workers and demonstrates that unemployed Americans are not pursuing those seasonal jobs; rather, they expect to return to their positions when restrictions are lifted and the economy reopens. 

See a copy of the final letter that was sent today.

I will continue to share information on this situation as it becomes available. Please reach out if you have questions or have H-2B information to share. 

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].

 
HEROES Act up for House vote today (May 15) Email
Friday, May 15, 2020 12:00 AM

The House of Representatives will vote today on HR6800, Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act or the HEROES Act.

Bill summary:

This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak and its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.

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PPP continues to evolve, new rules issued Email
Written by ALCC   
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 12:00 AM

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) seemed to be a welcome relief for employers affected by the pandemic. But as the program has evolved, and high-profile recipients have drawn scrutiny, the program may not be as attractive for some small businesses. 

News of a little-used whistleblower law coming into play may have made some companies hesitant to apply. As eligibility for PPP funds is questioned and audits of recipients have been promised, companies that are unsure of their eligibility under changing guidelines may fear that employees could invite scrutiny. The False Claims Act (FCA), also known as the Lincoln Law, allows employees or whistleblowers to sue the company and receive a portion of the fraudulent claim as a reward. 

The IRS issued a notice on April 30 stating that forgiven PPP loans would mean that companies could not take tax deductions for salaries, rent, and other payments made with PPP funds.

The rules around PPP loan forgiveness seem to be changing regularly, making many employers unsure. ALCC recommends that employers maintain a close relationship with their lender and continue to monitor their eligibility for PPP amid changes to the rules.

 

 
Pitkin County requires COVID-19 safety plan for businesses to resume work Email
Monday, May 11, 2020 12:00 AM

As of May 9th, many businesses in Pitkin County are permitted to open with the completion of a COVID-19 Business Safety Plan Checklist

Landscapers will also be required to submit their plans through the checklist link, keep the plans on file, and keep a copy at all worksites. Pitkins County asks landscape companies to review this checklist and submit plans in order to be in compliance with the latest Public Health Order.

Companies can still use their current safety plan as a basis for submittal but will find some less restrictive guidance around transportation as well as updated guidance around returning to work.

 
PPP and H-2B updates (May 7, 2020) Email
Thursday, May 07, 2020 12:00 AM

As you may have heard, yesterday a letter was sent to the President from Senators Cotton, Cruz, Grassley and Hawley, asking him to suspend the issuance of all temporary worker visas for 60 days, and to suspend the issuance of new H-2B visas for one year or until unemployment returns to normal levels, whichever comes first. The letter states that high school and college students can easily fill seasonal jobs in landscaping and at summer resorts. (Read the letter.)

An H-2B workgroup, including ALCC and NALP, is working on a strategy for the next twelve months. Unfortunately, due to restrictions, the July Legislative Days on the Hill have been canceled, which hampers our efforts at industry advocacy face-to-face. In the meantime, we are in contact with our representatives and pulling together responses from our members regarding this letter and the argument that jobs can be filled by high school and college students.

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Updated PPP guidance issued by Treasury Dept Email
Tuesday, May 05, 2020 12:00 AM

The Treasury Department issued updated guidance, in the form of FAQs, regarding eligibility and administration of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). 

Read the FAQs.

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].

 
DOL invites input on reopening the US economy Email
Friday, May 01, 2020 12:00 AM

USDOL announced another collaborative effort with employers and workers. This time, the dialogue is centered around how to reopen the economy. A website has been created for suggestions, voting on ideas, and more. Read the announcement from DOL:

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) continues its efforts to support American workers and position the economy for a strong rebound. DOL is hosting a national online dialogue, Opening America’s Workplaces Again about the challenges that may be faced as businesses reopen and how best to help employers and workers safely reopen America’s workplaces.

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Some Colorado towns and counties issuing orders to wear masks Email
Friday, May 01, 2020 12:00 AM

Some cities in Colorado have issued orders requiring citizens to wear masks in public. The list below is not an exhaustive list. Please check with your municipality for the current rules regarding face masks and other required COVID-19 related safety measures.

Aspen
On April 27, Aspen City Council approved a resolution making it the law that people wear face coverings in public. Read the city's FAQs on the law.

Boulder
Boulder County issued a public health order requiring masks effective through May 26. Read the county's guidance regarding the order. city of Boulder has also required masks in its emergency health order

Denver
Denver's public health order requiring masks will take effect May 6 and "will continue until further notice." Read the order.

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Main Street Lending program may become more accessible Email
Thursday, April 30, 2020 12:00 AM

Today the Federal Reserve announced changes to the Main Street Lending program that will expand access to the program. Read the announcement below:

The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced it is expanding the scope and eligibility for the Main Street Lending Program. As part of its broad effort to support the economy, the Federal Reserve developed the Main Street Lending Program to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the pandemic.

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Still struggling to hire? Help us help you Email
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 01:00 PM

The pandemic has affected the landscape industry in many ways, yet the labor shortage continues to affect our operations. If you are struggling to fill your open positions or replace workers who have taken leave due to illness or caregiving duties, we want to help you connect with those looking for work.

ALCC is working with leaders in industries experiencing great job loss to direct displaced workers to new opportunities in the landscape industry.

But we need your cooperation in order to make these connections successful.

We want to drive job seekers to a one-stop shop for available landscape jobs that begins at www.alcc.com/careers. But we can’t do that without a robust list of openings.

What we need from you

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Got 811 locates frustrations? Tell ALCC about it. Email
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:00 AM

Colorado 811 utility locatesWe ask you to keep ALCC informed about issues affecting your business so that we can better advocate for our members. If you are experiencing problems or delays related to CO811 locates, please let us know. Be sure to include the specifics of your issue so that we can properly communicate your concerns. 

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