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Defining essential services update Email
Thursday, March 26, 2020 05:00 PM

Good afternoon,

I want to share a quick update with our members. ALCC continues to work with our lobbyists for further clarification that landscape services are an essential business, as the interpretation of the stay-at-home order remains vague. If we receive any additional information or clarification, we will share it with you. 

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H-2 processing update and FAQs March 27, 2020 Email
Thursday, March 26, 2020 04:30 PM

See the email below, forwarded from USDA, and read the FAQs from the State Department about H-2 processing.

As you may be aware, USDA has been working diligently with DOL, DHS, and State to limit the disruption in the H-2A workforce caused by COVID-19.  Today the State Department took additional steps to increase processing of H-2 visa holders through consulates around the world.   USDA applauds these modifications and the expansion of interview waiver eligibility to ensure that the majority of H-2 processing can continue. 

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Watch the webinar: Navigating COVID-19 in your Colorado landscape business Email
Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:00 AM

Click here to watch the full webinar! You will be asked for your contact information before receiving the link.

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].

 
Colorado stay-at-home order and critical businesses Email
Thursday, March 26, 2020 09:40 AM

We recognize that there has been much confusion over the governor’s latest executive order and what that means for landscape business operations. In meeting with our GreenCO partners, we have clarified the following points:

As of March 26, the entire state is under a Stay-at-Home order. Based on the Public Health Order dated March 25, ALCC believes that most businesses in the green industry fall into one or more exemption categories. For horticulture growers, your business determination as ‘critical’ is pretty straightforward – you are considered agriculture. For landscape contractors, suppliers and other green industry professionals, the determination is a bit more nuanced.

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Governor Polis Issues Colorado Stay-at-Home order Email
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 08:30 PM

Tonight Governor Jared Polis issued a Stay-at-Home Order for Colorado. It is important to note the following from the press conference today: 

  • The Colorado Stay-at-Home Order will take effect tomorrow, March 26, at 8:00 AM and is valid through April 11.
  • “This Order is Now the Law”.
  • The duration of the order could be shortened or lengthened.
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Additional Colorado counties issue stay-at-home orders Email
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 04:00 PM

We are aware that the following counties have issued shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders:

Boulder County Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health, and Tri-County Health Department (serving Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties) have issued stay-at-home orders "effective March 26 at 8:00 a.m. until April 17 at 11:59 p.m. unless officials determine it is in the interest of public health to expire at an earlier date and time." 

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Beware of scams related to Coronavirus Email
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:30 AM

Beware of scams related to Coronavirus

The US Treasury Department warns: Unsolicited Phone Calls, Text Messages, or Emails Purporting to be from the Treasury Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, FinCEN, OFAC, the Treasury “Office of Legal Affairs”, or even from the Secretary of The Treasury, are frauds. 

The Federal Trade Commission also warns of scams related to the pandemic.   

The US Small Business Association has tips for business owners to avoid falling prey to scams.

ALCC will continue to share the latest information on navigating the COVID-19 outbreak on our blog or by visiting www.alcc.com/covid.

Follow the latest news on our blog.

Share your ideas, resources, etc. with landscape industry peers at [email protected].

 
Denver mayor issues stay-at-home order Email
Monday, March 23, 2020 05:00 PM

Following the governor’s order regarding reducing the workforce by 50% in an attempt to slow the spread of Coronavirus, Mayor Hancock has now issued a stay-at-home order for City and County of Denver. Takes effect at 5 PM on March 24 and is in effect until April 10.

The order requires that all people in the City & County of Denver stay home and businesses implement work from home policies and delivery of goods to the greatest extent possible.

UPDATE (March 24): the order has been amended. See quote below regarding the amendments to the order. Visit the City/County website for the latest information.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act National Online Dialogue Email
Monday, March 23, 2020 02:00 PM

The US Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division has issued the following invitation to participating in a dialogue regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

The U.S. Department of Labor will be hosting a national online dialogue 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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E-verify announces adjustments and flexibility Email
Monday, March 23, 2020 01:00 PM

Please see the following announcement distributed via email regarding E-Verify:

E-Verify extends timeframe for taking action to resolve Tentative Nonconfirmations
E-Verify is extending the timeframe to take action to resolve Social Security Administration (SSA) Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs) due to SSA office closures to the public.

E-Verify is also extending the timeframe to take action to resolve Department of Homeland Security (DHS) TNCs in limited circumstances when an employee cannot resolve a TNC due to public or private office closures.

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Colorado executive ordinance to reduce in-person workforce Email
Monday, March 23, 2020 11:00 AM

A message from ALCC CEO John McMahon

Sunday evening, Governor Polis issued an order that requires non-critical workplaces in Colorado to reduce their in-person workforce temporarily by 50% due to the presence of COVID-19 in our state, and is requesting a reduction of more than 50% if possible. To achieve this, employees who are able to should telework, and others who cannot telework should stagger work schedules to reduce physical proximity of employees. This order does not apply to employers who can certify that employees are no closer than six feet apart during the workday, or to businesses which are critical industries. See the full order and exemptions.

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Green industry provides essential services Email
Monday, March 23, 2020 01:00 AM

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and anticipated challenges to the green industry, ALCC is aware of the concern that the green industry should be categorized as an essential service. ALCC and its GreenCO partners are working to ensure that our industry is recognized as the essential service that we know it to be.

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Prepare for additional PPP/EIDL relief funds Email
Saturday, March 21, 2020 12:00 AM

As we await an announcement from the government about a relief bill that would replenish funds for programs like PPP and EIDL, we want to offer some information that we’ve gathered from landscape companies that have been through the application process.

If you were unable to secure funds in the first round of applications or if you are just considering it for the first time, it is important to be ready to apply the moment new funds are made available. Take this time to prepare yourself with these tips:

Talk with your bank. Stay in touch with your bank and maintain a good relationship with your contact. Be sure that they are aware of your intention to apply for relief funds and ask them for any advice they might have. Most importantly, make sure that your bank is an approved 7A lender, has the capacity to accept your PPP or EIDL application, and will be available to help you.

If your current bank is not able to help you, you might consider contacting other banks. We spoke with some company owners who had to take their application elsewhere when their existing bank was not cooperating with them. Be sure that other lenders you approach are accepting applications from new customers; some banks have restrictions on handling relief loans for customers that have not had a previous relationship with them.

Get your paperwork in order. Don’t wait until the funds are announced to begin the process of applying. Talk with your lender and find out what they will need to process your application. Get all of the necessary documents ready to move quickly. When the process reopens, you should already have digital copies of all documents on standby for sending. This is a digital, online process; the pandemic’s restriction and the volume of applications expected mean that this is not the time to complete the process on paper. Don’t slow yourself down by trying to print and mail a handwritten paper application.

Beware of scams. The pandemic has created a new crop of scams. Many scams or phishing emails can look incredibly convincing and can prey on your desire to complete the funding process quickly. Note that the SBA will not email you directly about your application. If you receive such an email, pick up the phone and call your bank. Before giving out any sensitive information by phone or email, take a moment to call your lender directly to confirm that the call or email is legitimate.

ALCC has put together a number of resources related to PPP and EIDL on our blog. To learn more, we also recommend the following organizations:

Please follow our blog for breaking news and visit www.alcc.com/covid for helpful resources. You can also keep up with our latest blog posts by following us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

Let us know how your experience with the relief application process is going. Your feedback lets us know where we need to focus our advocacy efforts in order to support you.

Warm regards,

John

John McMahon | Chief Executive Officer
Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

 
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