2014 September

The 6 tips for a winning snow contract

09.15.2014
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Essential Elements to a Great Snow Services Contract

As the winter approaches and customers begin requesting quotes for snow plowing, keep in mind that one of the best ways to protect your business and ensure you are paid for your work is to have a great written contract. But it shouldn’t be the same contract you use for landscaping, lawn, or other services. So here are some essential elements that your snow contract should have.

The Who.

Who is the contract between. Usually it is just your business and the property owner, but things may […]

Landscapers beware, Pay Now or Pay Later

09.9.2014
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DOLI Requires Company to Pay $300,000.

A Connecticut-based landscaping company will have to pay $300,000 in back wages and penalties for alleged violations of the law in hiring H-2B visa workers. Under a consent order announced recently, they will pay $280,000 in back wages to workers the Department of Labor asserts were underpaid and another $20,000 in penalties for violating the law.

The federal H-2B program allows employers to hire temporary workers from oversees if they are unable to fill the positions with domestic workers. The law also requires that temporary […]

4 Essential Tips for Parting with Workers

09.2.2014
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Parting Ways With Employees.

Employees in Minnesota are considered “at will” employees. This means they can quit for any reason. It also means that an employer can terminate an employee for any legal reason. Provided the termination is not for a discriminatory reason (race, creed, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status), then employers have a lot of leeway in deciding who to terminate and when to terminate them.

No Two Week Notice.

Under Minnesota law there is no such thing as a “two week notice”. Industry customs and courtesies […]