The following article, written by VP of Government Relations, Paul Mendelsohn, ran in Landscape & Irrigation Magazine’s October 2016 issue.
Members of the landscape industry are faced with a new threat from an unexpected direction in the form of a model standard for the sustainable construction of commercial buildings developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
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Last week, Congress passed a budget continuing resolution to avoid having to shut down the federal government and President Obama quickly signed the measure into law. The measure funds the government at current levels through December 9.
Unfortunately, despite heavy lobbying pressure from NALP and our allies, extensive grassroots contact by landscape professionals and other stakeholders, Congress chose not to take action to renew the H-2B returning worker exemption (RWE).
Although Congress failed to act to save RWE, there are still several H-2B regulatory provisions that were extended under the continuing resolution including language that prevents the Department of Labor from enforcing corresponding employment and the ¾ guarantee, allows for the use of wage surveys, limits some DOL enforcement authority and provides for a 10-month season. Continue reading
By Alain Parcan, Market Hardware, Inc. Get more marketing tips at Market Hardware’s session at LANDSCAPES 2016, Web Marketing in 2017: Four Keys to Unlocking Maximum Profitability, on Thursday, October 20.
Web Marketing experts have frequently debated the risks and benefits of different forms of marketing. But one thing they all agree on is that when it comes to marketing, targeting the right customers is always a strategy that pays off.
Geo-targeted Advertising is the quickest, most measurable way to generate inbound leads from Web-savvy consumers in the most profitable Zip Codes. It’s the 2016 term for going after specific customers in the most affluent areas that are closest to your business location. In other words, while your competitors are sinking more and more marketing dollars into their efforts, you’ll be using those same dollars but marketing smarter. Continue reading
Grunder Landscaping Co. Promotes Raul Hidalgo to Group Leader
Grunder Landscaping Co. (GLC), of Dayton, Ohio, has promoted Raul Hidalgo to the position of Group Leader for the LandKeeping™ Division (LK). Raul’s extensive managerial experience combined with his tenure with GLC as a LK Team Leader and a Service Manager ensure his success in this new role.
The LK Division is an important part of GLC’s capabilities and one of the fastest growing areas of the company.
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As the result of a recent request from NALP, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services department (USCIS) issued the following recommendations for landscape professionals and other employers regarding requests for returning workers for 2017.
H-2B Employers Should Continue to Identify “Returning Workers” in Petitions for FY 2017.
USCIS urges prospective H-2B employers seeking to hire potential “returning workers” with employment start dates in fiscal year (FY) 2017 to continue to identify these workers and provide the H-2B Returning Worker Certification. Continue reading
Pictured in photo: Andy Miller, Dean Snodgrass, Terry Ciecko, David Snodgrass, Dani Powell
Dennis 7 Dees Raises $88,000 for Charity in Golf Tournament
Dennis’ 7 Dees, of Portland, Oregon, held its 7th annual Charity Golf Tournament, benefiting Human Solutions, on September 15. The event benefits homeless children and their families. Proceeds from this year’s event totaled more than $88,000 – bringing the seven-year total to an amazing $500,000. Continue reading
Leaders Forum is always in a great location, but this year we may have outdone ourselves! We can’t wait to bring everyone to this year’s Leaders Forum in St. Thomas, January 12-14.
NALP CEO Sabeena Hickman, and Joan Haller, NALP director of events and education, just got back from a quick planning trip and their photos say it all. Continue reading