Article Author Olivia McMurrey, member of the NALP Safety and Risk Management Committee
As safety training at many landscape companies has become more in-depth – to better protect workers and to satisfy OSHA expectations – it is demanding more of managers’ time, and keeping track of all the physical paperwork is challenging.
Bryce Christianson, founder and managing member of Titan Sitework Contracting in Anchorage, Alaska, recently made solving this problem his priority. The answer, he says, lies in learning-management software, or LMS. Continue reading
You’ve fertilized, applied crabgrass control, sprayed weeds, and instructed your customer on how to water and mow their lawn. On your last visit, the lawn was screaming green, the best in the neighborhood. Today, the customer calls and says that their lawn is ruined, you’re responsible and that they’re going to sue you, report you to the Better Business Bureau, have you run out of town on a rail and even have your library card revoked. What happened? Continue reading
In recognition of the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls, NALP would like to remind our members and other green industry employers to observe these fall prevention safety tips: Continue reading
The attorneys general in several states are stepping up their efforts to fill “the void left by the Trump Administration’s pullback of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).” They expressed initial concerns in December when the President announced the appointment of Mick Mulvaney as CFPB interim director. Continue reading
Seasonal employers suffered yet another blow to the already scarce labor pool last week when President Trump announced that he is ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Hondurans. TPS had been in place for the Honduras since Hurricane Mitch devastated the country in 1998. There are an estimated 57,000 Hondurans with temporary protected status in the United States. They will now have 18 months to leave the country or face deportation. However, the odds are high that many will chose to remain in our country and enter the ranks of the undocumented. With the elimination of TPS for Hondurans, the administration has now announced the end of 3 long standing protection programs that allowed over 300,000 Latinos to remain legally in our country
So far, we have not heard anything official from DHS about the release of additional visas. However, in the last couple of days we have heard rumors and seen press reports that indicate that DHS plans to release 15,000 additional visas around the middle of this month. Continue reading
At a weekend rally in Washington Michigan, President Trump made comments in support of the H-2B guest worker program. The occasion marked the first time that he has made public comments about H-2B since becoming President. It is unknown how this will impact the timeline for 2018 cap-relief. In March, Congress granted Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen the authority to issue an additional 69,000 visas this year, but so far she has not announced if or when she plans to do so. Trumps comments can be viewed here in a video clip posted by the Seasonal Employer’s Alliance, one of our H-2B Workforce Coalition partners: President Trump’s Comments in Support of H-2B
The farm bill working it’s way through Congress provides us with a rare opportunity for regulatory reform that would address several challenges many landscape professionals face when providing services. It contains many beneficial provisions such as language that would ensure that pesticides are regulated at the Federal and State level ONLY, eliminate the duplicative NPDES permit requirement for pesticide use near water, and mandate that our federal rules related to pesticide use are taken into consideration when making regulatory decisions associated with the endangered species act. The regulatory reform provisions contained in the farm bill would have a significant impact on the way we do business and eliminate many of the current ways that the federal government provides unneeded obstacles to our ability to provide services. Unfortunately, environmental activists are already trying to get these beneficial provisions removed. We need to counter that effort and make sure that our professional interests are recognized and considered! Take a minute today, and use the NALP Member Advocacy Center to contact your Representative in support of the Farm Bill today!