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OSHA prioritizes inspections related to COVID-19 Email
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 12:00 AM
OSHA will prioritize inspections based on complaints related to COVID-19 safety measures. See the announcement below:

U.S. Department of Labor Announces OSHA Interim Enforcement Response Plan to Protect Workers during the Coronavirus Pandemic

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COVID-19 and the landscpape industry: CEO update April 13 Email
Monday, April 13, 2020 05:00 PM

Good afternoon,

We’ve been monitoring events related to the COVID-19 outbreak as they apply to the landscape industry, including the governor’s press conference today. We did not hear of any increased restrictions statewide other than isolated instances in areas like Pitkin County.

We encourage you to notify us if you encounter further restrictions in your area. We also continue to urge companies to demonstrate strong social distancing and safety practices to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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More stimulus loan money announced by Federal Reserve Email
Thursday, April 09, 2020 12:00 AM

Today the Federal Reserve announced an expansion of loans to support employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The actions are expected to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans. From the official announcement:

"Our country's highest priority must be to address this public health crisis, providing care for the ill and limiting the further spread of the virus," said Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome H. Powell. "The Fed's role is to provide as much relief and stability as we can during this period of constrained economic activity, and our actions today will help ensure that the eventual recovery is as vigorous as possible."

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OSHA reminder: employers cannot retaliate against whistleblowers Email
Wednesday, April 08, 2020 09:00 AM

OSHA issued a reminder that employers cannot retaliate against workers reporting unsafe conditions during coronavirus pandemic. Read the announcement below:

The U.S Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers that it is illegal to retaliate against workers because they report unsafe and unhealthful working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. Acts of retaliation can include terminations, demotions, denials of overtime or promotion, or reductions in pay or hours.

“Employees have the right to safe and healthy workplaces,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt. “Any worker who believes that their employer is retaliating against them for reporting unsafe working conditions should contact OSHA immediately.”

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Use the right tools to clean your workplace Email
Wednesday, April 08, 2020 12:00 AM

OSHA offers this short video on cleaning and disinfecting your workplace.

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].

 
Join our webinar on April 15, 2020 Email
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 03:00 PM

COVID-19 webinar: Effects of the pandemic on Colorado landscape businesses

Join ALCC members for a two-hour webinar on Wednesday, April 15 to discuss the ongoing effects of coronavirus pandemic on the landscape industry in Colorado. The following topics will be discussed:

  • Financial strategies to implement for business stability during a time of uncertainty, including SBA loans
  • Human resources insights
  • Insurance updates
  • Landscape company best practices in communications and operations
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DOL resources regarding paid leave under FFCRA Email
Monday, April 06, 2020 10:00 AM

COVID-19 and the American Workplace

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) posted a temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant to this new law, effective April 1, 2020.  For more information, see https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/ffcra.

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Ways to increase social distancing at work Email
Monday, April 06, 2020 12:00 AM

US Dept. of Labor offers this video with tips on how to increase social distancing if you are unable to work remotely. 

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].

 
CEO update for April 3, 2020 Email
Friday, April 03, 2020 04:00 PM

Today Governor Polis updated Coloradoans about the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He advised everyone to wear a non-medical mask when leaving home. Medical masks, especially N95 respirators, should be reserved for healthcare workers.

This latest guidance underscores the need for landscape workers to observe proper safety and sanitization protocols, especially maintaining social distancing, handwashing, and sanitizing surfaces. Social distancing is crucial to demonstrate your company’s professionalism and adherence to health and safety guidance during this time.

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New OSHA guidance on respiratory protection during N95 shortage due to COVID-19 pandemic Email
Friday, April 03, 2020 12:00 PM

Please see today's announcement from U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding respiratory protection in light of the N95 mask shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic (click here to go directly to the guidance):

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued interim enforcement guidance to help combat supply shortages of disposable N95 filtering face piece respirators (N95 FFRs). The action marks the department’s latest step to ensure the availability of respirators and follows President Donald J. Trump’s Memorandum on Making General Use Respirators Available.

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H-2B supplemental visa rule delayed, H-2B GAO report released Email
Friday, April 03, 2020 10:00 AM

Good morning,

Please see the following announcement from NALP regarding the delay of the H-2B supplemental visa rule:

H-2B Supplemental Visa Rule Delayed Due to Economic Conditions
Earlier this week the anticipated H-2B Supplemental Rule to release 35,000 additional visas moved over to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). OIRA is the last stop before rules become finalized, and while it can take up to 90 days, internal sources indicated the rule was going to be published by early next week.

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PPP loan applications open today, more guidelines and resources available Email
Friday, April 03, 2020 09:00 AM

The application processed was slated to open today for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) established in the federal Coronavirus relief packages.

SBA issued an interim final rule with additional guidelines: https://content.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-04/PPP--IFRN%20FINAL.pdf

Read what the Journal of Accountancy shared about these new guidelines

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US DOL announces extension to FFRCA dialogue Email
Thursday, April 02, 2020 07:00 PM

See the following announcement from US Department of Labor. There is still time to give feedback regarding FFRCA.

Extended: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) National Online Dialogue

The U.S. Department of Labor is hosting a national online dialogue, now extended until close of business on April 10, 2020, 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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