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Stay up to date on immigration law

Posted By MNLA eNews, Thursday, July 25, 2019

The landscape contracting industry has one of the highest proportions of unauthorized foreign workers in its workforce at 21 percent in 2014, according to the Pew Research Center. With the strong economy and low unemployment, many landscape contractors are struggling to find enough employees to do the work they have booked and may not be as careful as they should be in checking worker documents. This makes landscape contracting a prime target for administration enforcement efforts.

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Tags:  employee management  hardscape contractor  immigration  landscape contractor  Landscape Management Magazine  workforce 

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Landscaping Businesses Are Losing Money Because of U.S. Visa Policy

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, August 3, 2018
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After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, March 27, 2018
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Finding the next generation of the green industry

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Landscape contractors and local associations are tapping into a younger generation to help change the perception of the green industry and develop a future workforce.

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Tags:  hardscape contractor  landscape contractor  Lawn & Landscape Magazine  workforce 

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Guest-worker crisis worries landscaping industry

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, January 23, 2018

"The landscape companies I have met here are livid," she said. The object of their anger? Uncle Sam. In 2016, Congress failed to renew a provision of immigration law. The result was a significant reduction in the number of foreign temporary workers who are granted H-2B visas. Previously, workers who had earlier received a visa, which allows them to work up to 10 months per year in the United States, could return to their employers without coming under the annual limit. Youngblood said the action -- or inaction - effectively lowered the number of H-2B workers from about 350,000 to the annual cap of 66,000.

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Tags:  H-2B  hardscape contractor  immigration  landscape contractor  sfgate.com  workforce 

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Shortage of skilled workers squeezing Twin Cities builders

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, July 21, 2017
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Can kids in bulldozers cure the construction worker shortage?

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Leveraging tech to attract millennials

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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The presidential election’s effects on our workforce

Posted By MNLA eNews, Wednesday, September 21, 2016
According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study of employment of undocumented workers in the U.S., 24 percent of all workers in landscape services were undocumented in 2012. The landscape industry has one of the highest concentrations of undocumented workers of all the industry groups Pew studied. Surveys of landscape company owners consistently identify finding workers among the top three problems they face in running their companies. Imagine the effect if 24 percent of our industry’s workforce vanished. Competition for the remaining workers would intensify enormously, making any current labor shortages even worse.

Tags:  government affairs  hardscape contractor  immigration  landscape contractor  landscape design  Landscape Management Magazine  workforce 

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