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Dislocated Worker Grants could provide $100M for those unemployed by COVID-19 outbreak Email
Friday, March 20, 2020 06:00 PM

The US Dept. of Labor (DOL) today announced grants for displaced workers affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. From the announcement:

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of up to $100 million for Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) to help address the workforce-related impacts of the public health emergency related to COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a nationwide public health emergency as a result of confirmed cases of the coronavirus. This federal declaration enables the Secretary of Labor to award Disaster Recovery DWGs to help address the workforce-related impacts of this public health emergency (WIOA Act Section 170(a)(1)(B)).

Read the full announcement from DOL.

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Hiring during COVID-19 outbreak Email
Friday, March 20, 2020 12:00 AM

Hiring during COVID-19 outbreak

Coronavirus With companies being impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, unemployment filings have risen in the last week. Landscape companies with a labor shortage may be able to help displaced workers and fill their labor gap. ALCC members will receive communications about cooperation with ski, hospitality, and restaurant industries to help connect workers with jobs in the landscape industry. [If you work at an ALCC member company but do not receive our email communications, contact [email protected] to have your membership verified and to be added to our member communications database.]

Colorado Springs station KKTV 11 News is collecting information on businesses that are hiring. You can send your job opening tips to [email protected]

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USCIS will be more flexible about signatures during COVID outbreak Email
Friday, March 20, 2020 12:00 AM

USCIS Announces Flexibility in Submitting Required Signatures During COVID-19 National Emergency

Coronavirus See today's announcement from USCIS regarding submitting required signatures during the current outbreak:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency announced by President Trump on March 13, 2020, we will accept all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures, including the Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, for submissions dated March 21, 2020, and beyond.  

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First Coronavirus relief act signed into law this week Email
Thursday, March 19, 2020 03:00 PM

Families First Act & Expansion of Mandatory Paid Leave Provisions

CoronavirusUPDATE: DOL has issued FAQs regarding the new law:https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

This week, the President signed into law the Families First Act (H.R. 6021), the first of multiple aid packages to help citizens in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. The law is effective April 2, 2020. NALP has created a summary document detailing the responsibilities that this law puts upon employers and businesses.  

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Local government and utilities can be resources during COVID-19 outbreak Email
Thursday, March 19, 2020 11:00 AM

Stay up to date with your community

Coronavirus Check with your utility company or local government website for the latest information in your community. Below are a few quick links to some utility companies and municipalities across the state:

Get the latest on utility locates via https://colorado811.org/covid-19-impact/.

Share your ideas, resources, etc. with us at [email protected]. ALCC has compiled resources at www.alcc.com/covid.

 
Adjusting operations in response to COVID-19 Email
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 02:00 PM

Adjusting operations in response to COVID-19

CoronavirusALCC is listening, and members are telling us about adjustments to their services that they are implementing in response the COVID-19 outbreak. We'll update this page as suggestions come in. Some tactics that Colorado landscape companies are considering or putting into effect include:

  • Not applying fertilizer as they normally might at this time of year. This could help reduce the amount of labor spent on mowing going forward.
  • Limiting irrigation (especially for Kentucky bluegrass) to slow growth.
  • Applying pre-emergent. In anticipation of the possibility that companies could be asked or required to pause operations, some companies are focusing on pre-emergent to help keep weeds at bay should they need to stay away from properties for some time.
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COVID-19 news from the landscape industry Email
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 02:00 PM

How are your peers handling COVID-19 in their business?

CoronavirusIn conversations with ALCC members, we've learned that landscape companies are responding to the Coronavirus outbreak with the health and safety of their employees and communities in mind. Some tactics being practiced by members include:

      • Smaller crews and workgroup separation to accommodate safe social distancing.
      • Hiring events have been canceled or postponed.
      • Crew members travel to work sites in their own vehicles to keep social distancing protocols.
      • Disinfectants, hand sanitizer, soap/water and other hygiene supplies are made available for each vehicle.
      • Reviewing CDC and OSHA guidelines with all employees to understand the proper protocols and sanitizing practices.
      • Staggered start times for staff and crews in 15-minute increments. This allows crews to clock in, load equipment and leave for work sites before the next crew.
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811 locates impacted by COVID-19 Email
Monday, March 16, 2020 11:00 AM

CO 811 locatesColorado 811 has issued an update on the COVID-19 impact on operations. Please keep in mind that as of today (March 16), 811 locates rules are still in effect. From their website:

UPDATED: MARCH 16, 2020
The Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission is requiring all member facility owners/operators to respond to all excavation notices/tickets during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Colorado 811 understands that some organizations are closing their offices, still please keep in mind not only do members/facility owners need to respond to all tickets but they MUST in all cases respond to emergency and damage tickets (communication to the excavator and/or marks on the ground).
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ALCC legislation blog becomes breaking news hub Email
Monday, March 16, 2020 10:00 AM

As we deal with the impact of COVID-19 on Colorado landscape companies, the ALCC LAB (Legislation & Advocacy Blog) will become a hub for news about issues that affect ALCC members and landscape industry professionals in Colorado. We aim to be a resource to our industry and can use our blog, usually dedicated to issues of industry advocacy and related legislation, as a clearinghouse for the information that is coming in at a fast pace.

If you have news or information to share, please let us know at [email protected].

 
H-2B visa cap FAQs: March 9, 2020 Email
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 12:00 AM
Read the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) issued by the Department of Labor regarding the H-2B visa program and the release of supplemental visas here.
 
Statement on supplemental H-2B visas march 6, 2020 Email
Friday, March 06, 2020 12:00 AM

The H-2B Workforce Coalition issued a statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security's announcement on Thursday that additional supplemental H-2B visas would be released.

Statement on Supplemental H-2B Visas

Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it plans to make 35,000 supplemental H-2B visas available this fiscal year. While we appreciate that this marks the highest number of supplemental visas that the Department has proposed to release, the number still falls well short of meeting the workforce needs of seasonal employers across the country. In addition, the Department proposes to include several new conditions upon American businesses seeking to employ workers on these additional H-2B visas. These conditions are likely to prevent many seasonal employers from taking advantage of the new visas to meet their workforce needs.

We urge DHS to reconsider the impact that these new conditions will have on seasonal employers across the country. Furthermore, we implore Congress to permanently update the H-2B cap to reflect the workforce needs of the American economy that exists today, not the one that existed 30 years ago.

 
Supplemental H-2B visas announcement March 5, 2020 Email
Thursday, March 05, 2020 01:00 PM

ALCC just received word from Sam Love and Senator Gardner’s office that DHS has released the following information (see below) about the supplemental H-2B visas. Additionally, we are including a message from Congressman Harris’s office regarding the release. While this is fewer than the 45,000 supplemental visas reported in the Wall Street Journal article, it is 5,000 more supplemental visas than the year before. As expected, it did come with a number of integrity measures and restrictions. More information as it becomes available. 

Announcement from DHS

DHS to Improve Integrity of Visa Program for Foreign Workers

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H-2B Cap Reached for Second Half of FY2020 Email
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:00 AM

Announcement made from USCIS:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to meet the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal year 2020. Feb. 18, 2020, was the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before Oct. 1, 2020. USCIS will reject new cap-subject H-2B petitions received after Feb. 18 that request an employment start date before Oct. 1.

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