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Month: June 2016

Fate of Leaf Blower Ban Still Undecided in Two Communities

Two communities on opposite sides of the country are still trying to determine what to do about leaf blowers. In Newton (MA) the City Council has decided that they will not take action on proposed leaf blower restrictions until the fall. Council members have already been debating the ordinance for more than a year and […]

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House Appropriations Members Extend H-2B Returning Worker Exemption

As a result of consistent pressure by landscape professionals and other H-2B stakeholders, last week the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment to extend the returning worker exemption (RWE) to the H-2B legal immigrant guest worker program for fiscal year 2017. The groundswell of grassroots support exhibited by H-2B supporters was needed to offset the […]

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NALP Member News – Week of June 27, 2016

Bill Horn Joins Lambert’s as VP, Garden Services Bill Horn has joined Lambert’s of Dallas, Texas, as Vice President, Garden Services. Horn has executive oversight for Lambert’s garden management, tree care, and plant health care programs including strategy development and planning. Horn has more than three decades of landscape leadership and corporate social responsibility experience. He was a National Association of Landscape Professionals board […]

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Federal Judge Dismisses H-2B Lawsuit

Last week Federal Judge Frederick Motz dismissed all claims against 65 Maryland companies, most of which were landscape related businesses. The employers were named in a class action brought by H-2B visa guest workers regarding their ability to receive supplemental prevailing wages. Claims against the Department of Labor were also dismissed. In March 2013, a […]

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Overtime Rule Still in Play?

NALP continues to actively work to mitigate the impact of the Department of Labor’s new rules on overtime pay. The new regulations are scheduled to begin on December 1 of this year, but we are still working with others to gain congressional intervention to prevent the overtime requirements from going into effect. Our main means […]

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Klausing Group Lobbies for Certification

When the Lexington, KY, Tree Board recently sent out an RFP for a tree planting project, the bid package required an ISA Certified Arborist to be on staff.  Despite the fact the Klausing Group didn’t have a certified arborist on staff,  it bid the project, providing a list of the dozen or so Landscape Industry […]

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H-2B Advocacy Effort Faces Critical Tests 

The first two weeks of June have brought considerable activity on H-2B, and in particular the fate of the returning worker exemption for 2017. Last week, NALP and our H-2B Workforce Coalition allies successfully advocated for language in the Senate version of the 2017 Department of Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bills. The relief includes […]

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Is Maryland Neonic Ban Good for Landscape Professionals? 

Will the new pollinator protection bill in Maryland mean more business for landscape professionals? If people follow the advice of Maryland Farm Bureau President Chuck Fry the answer is “yes.” In a recent guest column to the MyEasternShoreMD.com, Fry questions the efficacy of Maryland’s new pollinator protection act and recommends that homeowners contact a landscape […]

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NALP on Fox and Friends

The streets of Manhattan were transformed into a beautiful outdoor oasis this past Sunday when NALP took over the Fox and Friends Plaza to inform viewers about outdoor living and lawn care.  A beautiful set featuring gorgeous products and styling  by Ballard Designs and incredible plantings by John Mini Distinctive Landscapes enabled Missy Henriksen to […]

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Survey on Use of Pyrethroid Class Pesticides

NALP was recently asked by the Pyrethroid Working Group (PWG) to survey our membership on use of pyrethroid class pesticides. In tandem with the re-registration process, the PWG and NALP recognize that pesticides are receiving increasing attention and regulation.  One aspect that has not received attention is the documentation of actual use and value of […]

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