Author Archives: Paul Mendelsohn

Both Chambers of Congress Introduce H-2B Reform Bills

  Two bills that would temporarily reinstate the H-2B visa temporary worker program have been introduced recently in the United States Senate and House of Representatives. The legislation would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow for more workers … Continue reading

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This Week’s State Legislative Roundup

In the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, the city council recently introduced a resolution calling on state legislators to repeal or amend a state law that prevents municipalities from regulating the use of pesticides themselves. In Utah, the House of … Continue reading

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EPA Issues New Certified Applicator Rules

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their new Certification of Pesticide Applicator rules to the public.The regulation sets the minimum standards for the application of restricted use pesticides in all 50 states. However, nothing prevents states from adopting regulations … Continue reading

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DOL Posts Overtime Rule Preparation Resources

On October 17, 2016, the Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division (DOL) in partnership with the Small Business Office of Advocacy presented a webinar entitled, “Preparing for the Overtime Final Rule.” DOL provided a briefing and a Questions & … Continue reading

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New NPDES Permit Requirements Now in Effect

EPA just released a pre-publication copy of its 2016 Pesticide General Permit (PGP), which takes effect October 31, 2016.  The new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit replaces the 2011 PGP that expired at midnight on October 31.  The … Continue reading

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NALP-PAC Launches Alumni Challenge

This Fall, we’re providing NALP members with an opportunity to not only advance the interests of landscape professionals but to support their school of choice in a football season long head-to-head competition to see which schools’ alumni and fans can raise … Continue reading

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NALP Seeks Overtime Relief

As a member of the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, NALP is working with a broad coalition of organizations and other business interest entities to seek a more common sense way to implement the Department of Labor’s  (DOL) new overtime … Continue reading

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ASHRAE 189.1 Turf Grass Limitations are a Problem

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 … Continue reading

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Congress Fails to Extend the H-2B Returning Worker Exemption

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 … Continue reading

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USCIS Issues H-2B Guidance

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 … Continue reading

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