Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

Overcoming Cash Flow Challenges

Is your small business struggling with cash flow issues? Cash flow problems are a common concern for entrepreneurs. More than four in 10 (41 percent) of small business owners in a new survey have experienced cash flow challenges — and these challenges have a serious impact on their businesses. The majority (59 percent) of small business owners in the WePay ...

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Save $50 and Register for Pestworld 2017 Today

Save $50 and register for PestWorld 2017 today! While at PestWorld, you will see the latest and greatest products and services in the industry and network with thousands of pest management professionals from across the globe!  And don’t forget the world-class educational opportunities – with 40 educational sessions offering CEUs. REGISTER TODAY
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Court Strikes Down Montgomery County’s Ban on Lawn Pesticides

In a win for the pest management industry and protecting public health and property, on August 3, 2017, the Maryland Circuit Court struck down Montgomery County’s ordinance that bans lawn and garden pesticide use on private property. Judge Terrence McGann set an ever impactful legal precedent by ruling that state law preempts the County Council’s law passed in 2015. Nationally, ...

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How to Fire an Employee Legally and Fairly

In an ideal world, every employee would be a perfect, productive fit – and you’d never have to let someone “go” for missing the mark or violating the rules. But we know that’s not realistic. No matter how careful you are when hiring and growing your workforce, you’re bound to encounter difficult situations that ultimately lead to termination. Today, it’s ...

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Cyberattacks Cost Small Businesses More Than Money

Cyberattacks of all types are on the rise, according to the 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report from Cisco, and when businesses get hacked, they stand to lose much more than just money. How are cyber crooks getting in? While highly complex cyberattacks are increasing, the Cisco report notes that “classic” attacks are on the rise as well. For example, adware that ...

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Health Care Repeal in U.S. Senate

Many aspects of the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as “Obamacare” are of particular concern; however, the most important aspect of repealing Obamacare to the structural pest management industry is the employer mandate. The employer mandate requires employers with 50 or more workers to provide health insurance to all employees working 30 hours a week or more. ...

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Department of Labor Seeks Information on Revising Overtime Rule

This week the Trump Administration moved forward with revoking or revising the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Overtime Rule promulgated by the Obama administration. On Tuesday the DOL published a Request for Information in the Federal Register to gather information to aid in formulating a proposal to revise regulations pertaining to the 2016 update to overtime rules under the federal Fair ...

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Calibrating Your Business Operations

Nothing can ruin a perfectly good day like an employee issue. Hiring, managing and maintaining the health and safety of your team are at the core of your business. Conduct a routine check of your operations to ensure your team is operating according to industry standards. Don’t spend your precious time scouring the internet trying to learn what policies and ...

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House Natural Resources Hearing on Bringing Much Needed Reforms to the Endangered Species Act

On Wednesday, July 19, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on five Republican sponsored bills aimed at modernizing the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Since ESA modernization was a 2017 NPMA Legislative Day issue, members of the NPMA Public Policy Team attended this most important hearing. This issue is critical because activists are using the ESA as a mechanism ...

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The Quick and Simple Marketing Efforts that Can Go a Long Way

As pest control marketers and owners, we’re often taught to “think big” and present unique campaign concepts that will not only capture the attention of our target audience but will also spread across a much larger segment of people, or as we love to call it in the industry, “go viral.” We read about massive global brands winning accolades for ...

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