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New guidance for construction site safety Email
Thursday, April 02, 2020 03:00 PM

Good afternoon,

We have received additional direction, issued by the State of Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), regarding safety and social distancing on construction sites. Please read this information thoroughly as it applies to your worksites.

ALCC emphasizes that this guidance is provided for the safety and health of your crews and stresses the importance of maintaining proper distancing.

We recognize that some landscape companies have opted to delay projects that they deem non-essential. We understand that this is an individual choice and must be made on a case by case basis within each company. Often, the decision to put operations on hold is made in the interest of public health and the safety of the company team.

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Insurance implications of COVID-19 Email
Thursday, April 02, 2020 09:00 AM

ALCC continues to gather resources to support Colorado landscape companies as they deal with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Today we have created a members-only web page with information and resources related to insurance implications of COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders. The information was written and compiled by Troy Sibelius of ALCC member Buckner Company. We thank Troy for the tremendous effort he made to assemble this information so quickly. 

Find this new resource at this link. Login is required to access these resources. If you need help accessing your login credentials, please email [email protected] for assistance. 

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US DOL announces updates to FFRCA benefits Email
Thursday, April 02, 2020 08:00 AM

See the following announcement from US Department of Labor:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES NEW PAID SICK LEAVE AND EXPANDED FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE IMPLEMENTATION

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Helps Americans Overcome COVID-19 Workplace Challenges

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today 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 today, April 1, 2020.

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Adapting to COVID-19: Timberline expands services Email
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 09:00 AM

Timberline Landscaping Launches Outdoor Sanitization Services

ALCC member Timberline Landscaping, Colorado Springs, has begun to offer a new service in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. See their news release about their new outdoor sanitization services:

Outdoor spaces and playgrounds provide much-needed sanctuary and peace, but cleaning and disinfecting of shared outdoor spaces is an often overlooked and necessary task. Timberline Landscaping, Inc. is proud to introduce a new service offering commercial and residential outdoor sanitization solutions that aid in the control of many harmful strains of viruses, including pet bacteria, while remaining kid and pet safe and environmentally friendly. 

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The importance of crew safety and a call for questions Email
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 08:30 AM

A strong reminder it is critical that our members are strictly following CDC and OSHA safety protocols around the COVID-19 outbreak and distancing. This is a concern not only for the safety and health of landscape employees but for the reputation of our industry that they are following social distancing guidelines.

While ALCC has provided information that supports the landscape industry as an essential service and a critical business that may continue to operate despite the stay-at-home order for Colorado, it is up to individual landscape companies to determine whether their services actually qualify as essential.

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USCIS Temporary Office Closure Extended until at least May 3 Email
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 08:00 AM

See the following announcement from USCIS:

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended routine in-person services to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS plans to begin reopening our offices on May 4, unless the public closures are extended further. USCIS staff are continuing to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations. To schedule an emergency appointment, contact the USCIS Contact Center.

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Business assistance from Small Business Majority Email
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 12:00 AM

Yesterday, Small Business Majority hosted a webinar to help Colorado businesses understand executive orders, relief acts, and employer responsibilities to employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provided excellent information and resources to businesses looking for assistance, emergency loan information, expansion of loan eligibility, loan forgiveness, and more. Company owners are encouraged to view the webinar at https://app.livestorm.co/small-business-majority/covid-19-federal-and-colorado-support-for-small-businesses

To follow are links to some of the resources shared:

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COVID-19 resource roundup March 31, 2020 Email
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:00 AM

Information and resources are being shared quickly, and the situation around COVID-19 is changing rapidly. Below are some of the most recent resources that have come to our attention.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist - provided by Heather L. Browning, MBA, CRM, AIC, CIC of Colonial Benefit Group (Thanks to ALCC member Kim Naughtin of AEC Consultant Group for sharing this with us!)

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (via Congresswoman Diana DeGette)

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Building mobile handwashing stations Email
Monday, March 30, 2020 12:00 AM

Jeff Waterhouse of Grounds Guys of Parker shared a tip with us last week. Using five-gallon buckets, he made handwashing stations for each of his crews to use in the field. The video below demonstrates how to make them. Waterhouse is using a longer irrigation lever that allows crews to operate the station without touching the lever with their hands. 

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DHS names landscaping in critical services list Email
Sunday, March 29, 2020 12:00 AM

Good news! To further support the landscape industry as an essential service, I am pleased to share that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has included landscaping services in its most recent "Advisory memorandum on identification of essential critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19 response." Read the full memorandum.

Below is the specific passage that includes our industry (found on page 10 of the memo):

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US Citizenship and Immigration Services Office Closure Extended until at least April 7 Email
Saturday, March 28, 2020 01:00 PM

See the following notice from US Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding the temporary office closure.

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and Application Support Centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). USCIS offices will reopen on April 7 unless the public closures are extended further. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public.

USCIS will continue to provide limited emergency services. Please call the Contact Center for assistance with emergency services.

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Get to know the Coronavirus stimulus packages Email
Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:00 AM

NALP lobbying firm DCLRS has created a comprehensive summary of the recent Coronavirus stimulus packages.

Read the full summary here: https://blog.landscapeprofessionals.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/3-26-S3-bill.pdf?_zs=t6TMb1&_zl=n2jd6

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].

 
We're all in this together - Please donate PPE Email
Friday, March 27, 2020 04:45 PM

Hospitals, healthcare workers, and patients are in need of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Now more than we must come together as a community to battle this virus. Yesterday Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) donated N95 masks and packaged gloves at a Centura Health drop-off location. The donated equipment was intended for upcoming ALCC hands-on training events which have been postponed due to the pandemic. The landscape community will continue to support and give thanks to our healthcare professionals and volunteers for their hard work during the pandemic. Please join ALCC in supporting healthcare workers during this crisis and donate PPE when possible.

ALCC would love to see what you donate. Be sure to email us pictures of your donations and we will share them on our social media outlets to spread the word. Or better yet, post pictures of your donations on your social media channel(s), tag ALCC (click here for a list of ALCC social media outlets), and use these hashtags #landscapePPEdrive #PPE #IamALCC. 

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