Help Us Tell Your H-2B Story!

NALP has secured an important meeting with a senior staff member at the Department of Homeland Security. The meeting is scheduled for early February and will allow us to further illustrate the critical role that H-2B serves in filling the workforce needs of landscape professionals and other seasonal employers and to voice our extreme concerns regarding the pending potential labor crisis our profession is facing if cap-relief is not provided in 2018. Continue reading

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Senate Compromise Ends Shutdown

Democratic Senate leaders agreed to end the filibuster that prevented the Senate from voting on a continuing resolution to extend the 2017 budget. The compromise ends the chamber’s stalemate and, extends the current budget to February 8th. In exchange for ending the filibuster Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) promised to bring immigration and DACA bills to the floor for debate. Continue reading

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Supreme Court Vacates WOTUS Stay

The U.S. Supreme Court unexpectedly struck down the Sixth Circuit Court’s stay on the Obama WOTUS rule. The Court unanimous ruled that challenges to WOTUS must be filed in federal district courts, as opposed to the federal appeals courts. The ruling marked the first opinion of the month. Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered the opinion. Continue reading

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CEO’s Unplugged Panel Announced for Leaders Forum

For the second year in a row, Leaders Forum is holding a CEOs Unplugged session. CEOs Unplugged gives you the chance to ask some of the most successful landscape CEOs questions in a relaxed, informal and conversational environment. Learn a little about this year’s CEO panel below. Continue reading

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Portland, Maine Ordinance Passes

Last week on a 9-0 vote, the City Council in Portland, Maine approved an ordinance that will prohibit the use of all synthetic pesticides on both public and private property beginning July 1, 2018. This ordinance follows a similar one passed in neighboring South Portland. For landscape professionals, this means that only products that are listed by the EPA as minimum risk and permitted by the USDA’s National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances can be used. Use of synthetic pesticides on golf courses that have attained sanctuary status through Audubon International, sports fields owned by the city, rights-of way maintained by the city as well as treatment for certain invasive insects of shade trees are still permitted. Continue reading

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Trump to End Salvadoran Worker Protected Status

The Trump administration has canceled the provisional residency permits of about 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the country since at least 2001, leaving them vulnerable to deportation, according to a Department of Homeland Security announcement sent to lawmakers Monday. The administration will notify the Salvadorans they have until Sept. 9, 2019, to leave the United States or find a new way to obtain legal residency. Continue reading

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Most Recent Companies to Pledge Financial Support to the Industry Growth Initiative

Thank you to the most recent companies to pledge support to NALP’s Industry Growth Initiative, enabling industry efforts to grow the industry and its workforce. Continue reading

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Share Your Safety Stories and Win

Share the creative, unique ways that you incorporate safety into your daily routine at the office and be entered to win an Apple Watch! Run an annual fitness competition at the office? Do a creative team stretching routine? Have creative ways to track and share your “no accident” record with staff? We would love to hear your stories!

The National Association of Landscape Professionals in partnership with Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, is launching the year-long #NALPSafe campaign to share the creative ways that companies work on safety with their employees.  We will be sharing your ideas all year.

How to participate: 

  • Write a story, film a short video- around 1:30 or take a picture of the creative way you incorporate safety into the workplace.
    • Example: Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, had a creative way to get their whole office walking each day. Check out their #NALPSafe story.

  • Submit your entry by email to marketing@landscapeprofessionals.org or post to social media on your own outlets using #NALPSafe or post to the NALP Facebook page. Don’t forget to tag your post – #NALPSafe.
  •  Submissions will be accepted until February 28th, 2018. The best and most innovative safety stories will be chosen to win at the end of the competition.

The #NALPSafe safety education campaign is sponsored by NALP in partnership with Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Inc. We can’t wait to hear your #NALPSafe stories.

 

In partnership with Ranch Mesa Insurance Services, Inc. 

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EPA Releases Pesticide Assessments

The EPA released preliminary ecological and human health risk assessments for a number of pesticides including clothianidin, thiamethoxam and dinotefuran insecticides.  The agency also released a preliminary ecological risk assessment for imidacloprid.  Previously, pollinator-only risk assessments were released for these pesticides earlier this year and  in 2016.  Continue reading

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The Best Landscape Business Resources You Aren’t Using

They might be the best kept secrets, but we don’t want them to be. Here are our staff picks for the top five NALP resources that NALP member companies can be using now.

Customizable Employee Handbook 

It’s hard to stay on top of all the latest HR rules and policies. Luckily, we’ve made it easy by providing a customizable employee handbook.  Just add your logo, review and tailor the information for your needs and it is ready to go.  It is available for download in the HR section of the member center. Continue reading

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