- Establishing Hiring Ground Rules
- Understanding California Leave Laws
- Ensuring Exempt Employees Are Really Exempt
- Breaks And Lunches
- Protected Classes
- Harassment Avoidance
- Being A Coach
The experts who run the CLCA HR Hotline will explore various real life situations that have resulted in lawsuits for employers. The presentation is geared around preventative measures business owners and managers can easily put into place to help them stay out of court. Complete with handouts and take-aways, this engaging and interactive session provides a wealth of information as well as time for Q&A.
Topics to be covered include:
The webinar takes place at Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. PST. It costs $35 for CLCA members and $50 for non-members. CLCA members who attend will receive a $25 rebate.
For more informaiton, or to register, click here.
HUDSON, Mass. – Inc. has ranked Noon Turf Care No. 1,412 on its annual Inc. 5000 list. The list represents a comprehensive look independent-minded entrepreneurs.
Noon turf Care also ranked 42nd in fastest growing companies in Boston and 92nd in industry rank. Noon has experienced 213 percent growth in the past three years and has added over 40 new jobs to its company and local economy.
“We are honored to be listed as an Inc. 5000 company again in 2012. Needless to say, we are all very proud to be part of a growing organization that as a team pursuit the goal of excellence in the service industry,” says Matthew Noon, president of Noon Turf Care. “Our dedicated team members and loyal customers are the true reason for our growth and would like to thank them and Inc. Magazine for this special recognition.”
Noon Turf Care is a privately owned founded in 2001 by brothers Christopher and Matthew Noon, and serves residential and commercial customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The company has a staff of over 50 horticultural specialists and is the largest privately owned lawn care company in the state with more than 6,000 customers and projected revenues of 5 million dollars in 2012.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The Smart Water Application Technologies working group, a collaborative initiative between the Irrigation Association and water providers, has released a new testing protocol for high uniformity sprinkler nozzles that fit spray head sprinklers.
The public comment period is open until Oct. 31. The testing protocol is designed to test how various nozzles perform individually and then how a group of nozzles with various arcs perform together in spacing configurations and arrangements at different operating pressures. The protocol will provide irrigation managers, water providers and end-users with helpful information to improve irrigation performance and efficiency.
The testing protocol is available for review and comment here.
Submit comments on the provided form to SWAT or contact Irrigation Association Industry Development Director Brent Mecham at 703-536-7080.
WASHINGTON – A U.S. appeals court upheld government approval for a higher blend of corn ethanol into gasoline on Friday in a ruling that may help the biofuels industry in the longer term but have little immediate impact on sales, Reuters reported.
In a 2-1 ruling, the court said foodmakers, automakers and oil refiners failed to show they were harmed by approval of a 15 percent blend of ethanol, up from the usual 10 percent. Foodmakers said the approved blend could mean higher corn prices and automakers said they might be sued if the fuel leads to engine malfunctions.
OPEI and partner groups sued EPA maintain that EPA’s weak labeling effort is inadequate to protect consumers and avoid potential misfueling and damage to millions of legacy products not designed to run on any ethanol fuel higher than E10.
In March 2011, auto, marine, motorcycle, outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft and snowmobile groups filed a petition for rulemaking asking the EPA to ensure the continued sale and availability of gasoline blends of no greater than 10 percent ethanol (E10) for the 400 million engine products used by tens of millions of people every day in the U.S.
“OPEI is deeply disappointed by the decision, but we are heartened by the dissenting opinion of Judge Kavanaugh who wrote in his strong dissent, that ‘[i]n granting the E15 partial waiver, EPA ran roughshod over the relevant statutory limits.’ This premise and many of the themes in the dissent on the merits were briefed by OPEI and the other engine manufacturers,” said Kris Kiser, OPEI CEO in a statement. “While the other two judges ultimately denied the position, the chief judge denied each of the petitions based on standing, and therefore the court was unable to address the merits of the case due to a procedural issue.”
Kiser says OPEI will likely appeal in the next two weeks.
The Environmental Protection Agency approved the 15 percent blend, known as E15, in 2011 for cars and light trucks made since model year 2000. E15 is barred from use in light equipment or older vehicles.
Biofuels makers sought the higher blend rate as a way to satisfy a federal guarantee of a share of the gasoline market, set at 13.2 billion gallons this year and rising to 15 billion gallons annually from 2015. Governors of four poultry-raising states asked EPA in the past week for relief from the mandate.
"It (the court ruling) is an important decision. It validates the EPA decision," said Bob Dinneen, head of the ethanol trade group Renewable Fuels Association. As for sales, "I'm not sure it's going to have much of an immediate impact."
There is a limited network for sale of E15, with practical barriers that include the cost of installing so-called blender pumps that can dispense blends as high as E85 and the ongoing process of obtaining state approval of E15 for sale. EPA gave its final regulatory approval in June.
Only one retailer, in Kansas, sells E15 at present. A comparative handful of about 2,500 pumps can dispense blends other than E10 at the nearly 160,000 gasoline outlets, such as gas stations, truck stops, convenience stores, grocery stores and marinas, across the country.
Besides the cost of equipment, retailers worry they will be legally liable if customers put the wrong blend in their cars and void vehicle warranties. Beyond that, "our customers aren't asking for it (E15)," said a spokesman for the National Association of Convenience Stores. The trade group says convenience stores ring up 80 percent of U.S. fuel sales.
"I think you'll see a slow progression of it showing up in more stations," said Michael Frohlich of Growth Energy, the ethanol trade group that petitioned EPA in 2009 for approval of E15. The ethanol industry is centered in the U.S. Midwest and Plains, so the regions probably will lead in E15 adoption, he said. "It won't happen overnight."
With its ruling, the court gave "a significant victory" to ethanol makers and kept E15 open as a route to expand biofuels sales and meet U.S. targets for renewable fuels, analysts Guggenheim Partners said in a market commentary.
Read the full Reuters story here.
WASHINGTON – The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) has expanded its Propane Mower Incentive Program, which offers a $1,000 incentive for the purchase of qualified new propane-fueled mowers, to include a $500 incentive for qualified mowers that have been converted to run on propane.
To qualify for the $500 incentive, a conversion mower must be a commercial, heavy-duty mower that has been operated for less than 10 hours, and it must be a dedicated propane-fueled mower, not a dual-fueled model, according to PERC. The mower conversion kit must meet Environmental Protection Agency or California Air Resources Board requirements, and it cannot void the original equipment manufacturer’s warranty on the engine.
PERC launched its Propane Mower Incentive Program with a $1,000 incentive for mower operators that purchase a new propane-fueled mower equipped with a 60- to 72- inch cutting deck. That incentive program is still open to applicants.
A single applicant company can get incentives for up to 10 mowers, including both new and conversion mowers. Program participants of new and conversion mowers must report to PERC on the usage and operation of the equipment for one mowing season.
“The strong response to our original mower incentive convinced us to expand the program to include conversion mowers,” says PERC President and CEO Roy Willis. “Propane-fueled mowers help lawn and landscape professionals save money and cut emissions. The program rewards them for choosing a propane-fueled mower while helping PERC to meet its research goals.”
The $1,000 incentive for a new mower can be combined with any manufacturer rebates and state propane gas association rebates for which the customer is eligible.
Major manufacturers offering propane-fueled mowers include Ariens/Gravely, Bobcat, Briggs & Stratton (including Snapper Pro and Ferris brands), Cub Cadet, Dixie Chopper, Exmark, Husqvarna, Kubota, Scag, Toro and Zipper.
For a list of eligible mowers under the incentive program and requirements for conversion mowers visit www.autogasusa.org/mower-incentive.