Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

Safety First

As the wise proverb says, “Better a thousand times careful than once dead.” Unfortunately, far too many employers and workers across the U.S. fail to take this old adage to heart—and many of them suffer the tragic consequences. In 2015, 4,836 workers were killed on the job, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports. That’s an average of more than ...

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NPMA’s Virtual Conference Series

Hire Smart & Manage Easy: Essential Tips to Recruiting, Hiring, and Engaging the Best Employees Employees are the life-blood of any business. They can fuel production, improve customer satisfaction, and drive company growth. But, finding and keeping employees that positively impact your business can often feel like an uphill battle. Stop the cycle of high turnover and low employee retention, ...

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Employment Law 101

As a small or medium business in the U.S., there’s a 12 percent chance your company will be hit with an employment claim – and depending on the state where you do business, the odds may be even higher. For instance, global specialist insurer Hiscox found that California businesses are 40 percent more likely to be involved in an employee ...

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B’More at PestWorld 2017

Every year, NPMA gathers thousands of pest management professionals from across the globe to offer opportunities for information sharing, provide access to the latest products, services, and technologies in the 100,000 square foot exhibit hall, and generate critical thinking in world-class educational sessions. Join us as we celebrate this year’s PestWorld in Charm City…Baltimore, MD. Click here to read more.

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How to Monitor Your Brand Online

When your customers look for what you sell, doing an online search is probably their first step. But if that search turns up something negative about your business—such as unanswered customer complaints on social media or poor reviews on ratings sites—do you think they’ll do business with you? Creating a positive image of your business brand online is vital to ...

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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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