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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.

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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. 

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].

 
Safer at Home program details announced Email
Monday, April 27, 2020 03:00 PM

This afternoon, Governor Polis offered a briefing with more details regarding the "Safer at Home" program. A website, www.coloradosaferathome.com, directs Coloradoans to resources and information to help them follow the guidelines. The site provides information for:

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PPP/EIDL applications resume this morning (April 27) Email
Monday, April 27, 2020 12:00 AM

Additional funds were approved last week for COVID-19 relief for small businesses. SBA plans to resume the application process today, April 27, at 10:30 AM Eastern time. From SBA.gov:

The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am EDT.

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CEO update for April 24, 2020 Email
Friday, April 24, 2020 04:00 PM

Good afternoon,

We have much to report today. As you have probably heard, today the president signed into law an amendment that approves additional funds for coronavirus relief, including $320 billion in PPP funds. We encourage you to review the resources related to relief funding that we’ve shared on our blog and at www.alcc.com/covid.

As you know, earlier this week Governor Polis outlined a “safer at home” plan for slowly reopening the state economy. We know that some state municipalities have issued extensions of or amendments to their own stay-at-home orders, including City and County of Denver, Boulder County, and Jefferson County, which extended their stay-at-home orders through May 8.Eagle and Mesa Counties are seeking exemptions to the state order. Some municipalities are still assessing the situation, including Tri-County Health Department (Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties), which will make a decision on Sunday about whether to extend their stay-at-home order or take other action. [UPDATE and CORRECTION 4/27/20: Tri-County Health Department has also extended its stay-at-home order to May 8.  Correction: Grand County never issued a Stay-at-Home Order and it has NOT been extended. However, Grand County's Short Term Lodging Order HAS been extended to May 21. ]

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Industry guidance for business operations during the pandemic Email
Friday, April 17, 2020 03:30 PM

Good afternoon,

As we are getting word about the next phase of easing out of the stay-at-home order, we are also hearing of the need to provide guidance on safe business operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To assist our members and our government stakeholders, ALCC has developed the following guidance for the Colorado landscape industry: ALCC Landscape Industry Guidance for Business Operations During COVID-19 in Colorado. Please refer to this document should your municipality ask you for a safety plan in order to continue to operate. 

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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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