Green Industry

FAQs: OSHA for Minnesota businesses

10.15.2018
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What is OSHA and does it regulate my business?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency responsible for ensuring workplace safety. In many states, OSHA regulates businesses directly. However, some states, including Minnesota, regulate businesses themselves. In Minnesota, most workplace safety regulation is handled by the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA). The federal-level OSHA retains regulatory control over a few areas and industries.

Where do I find MNOSHA standards?

Minnesota’s Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) provides an overview of MNOSHA regulations, with links to the text of […]

Reminder: Securing commercial loads

07.20.2018
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Recently, a Hastings landscaper who failed to properly secure an 1100-pound boulder in a his truck caused the deaths of two other motorists. While tragic, the accident is a reminder of the importance of knowing and abiding by Minnesota and Federal laws about securing loads in commercial vehicles.

Minn. Stat. 169.81, subd. 5 requires drivers to ensure that any load is secured to prevent escaping. For all commercial motor vehicles driven in interstate or intrastate commerce, Minnesota has adopted the load securement provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations at 49 C.F.R. 393.100-136 […]

Avoid these mechanics lien mistakes

Mechanics’ liens protect landscapers, construction companies, and many other businesses against the risk of nonpayment. If a landowner refuses to pay for improvements made to their property, the business can often file a lien on the property. Filing a lien frequently incentivizes payment. If the landowner still doesn’t pay after the lien is filed, the business can foreclose on the lien.

However, the Minnesota lien process is very specific, and certain mistakes can prevent you from being able to record or enforce a lien. Keep reading to avoid the following mistakes:

Not realizing that you can file a […]

Colorado landscaper penalized for violating H-2B workers’ rights

01.23.2018
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Many green industry companies rely on H-2B visas to hire seasonal workers from outside the U.S. H-2B workers are  covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the H-2B program imposes additional requirements on employers, such as providing records, paying certain expenses, and posting legal notices about worker rights.

As one Colorado landscaper recently discovered, violating H-2B workers’ rights can be financially devastating. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently shared the outcome of their investigation of Parkside Landscaping, Inc., a Denver-area business. Parkside failed to pay the prevailing wage specified in […]