Regulations

Marijuana Legislation: An Update

As part of QualityPro’s ongoing standards, effort to keep our accredited companies, standards and resources as up-to-date on evolving issues as possible, we wanted to check in on where marijuana legislation stands at the state level. Individual states are evolving their own legislation and we wanted to provide an update. Because of the drug-free workplace standard, the ability to test ...

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Looking Into the Crystal Ball: 2020 State Legislative Activity

In 2019, NPMA dominated at the state-level thanks to the cooperation, energy and execution of our state pest control associations and State Policy Affairs Representatives (SPARs). It was the busiest legislative year in recent memory as almost 900 bills were introduced that could affect our industry. It is essential that we prepare for 2020, and operate with a sense of ...

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DC: An Update and an Invitation

As 2019 ends, we are staring at a political landscape that is both very different and much the same as the end of 2018. Congress is divided (still), the President has been stymied in his efforts to pass big pieces of legislation (again) and there are trade disputes affecting the economy (continually). The problems haven’t changed much. What has changed ...

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QualityPro Consumer Relations Standards

QualityPro accredited companies are encouraged to find the best practices necessary to standardize their customer experiences and expectations. What’s working for them? Here are a few approaches to customer service that have helped our accredited companies raise the bar. AMERICAN PEST SOLUTIONS Having served D.C., Maryland and Virginia since 1925, American Pest has learned a thing or two about satisfying ...

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Pesticide Ban Bills Ditch Science for Politics

More than 100 members of the House of Representatives—all Democrats—are sponsoring or co-sponsoring the so-called Ban Toxic Pesticides Act of 2019, H.R.230. This short bill would immediately ban all sale and use of chlorpyrifos, a highly beneficial insecticide long used in agricultural production and for certain other uses such as mosquito control and turf maintenance. In the Senate, a somewhat ...

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Maintaining a Drug-Free Workplace: Learn Your Risks and Exposures

Substance abuse in the workplace negatively affects every organization’s bottom-line through lost productivity, workplace accidents/injuries, workers’ compensation (WC) claims, employee absenteeism and more. Studies show that employees with a substance abuse disorder miss on average 34% more days than other workers, and are also more likely to experience a workplace injury. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug ...

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Playing it Safe

Quick, count to seven. Finished? Another U.S. worker was injured. According to the National Safety Council, an American worker suffers an on-the-job injury every seven seconds. That adds up to 510 workplace injuries every hour, 12,600 a day and a whopping 4.6 million a year. In 2017 alone, businesses lost 104 million production hours thanks to work-related injuries. Yet, that’s ...

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EEOC Reports Rise in Sexual Harassment Charges Following #MeToo Movement

Although the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports a decrease in the number of overall charges filed, the agency saw a 13.6 percent increase in workers alleging sexual harassment from fiscal year 2017 to fiscal year 2018. The rise is a combination of the EEOC’s increased focus on combatting workplace harassment and the momentum of the #MeToo movement, which has increased ...

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Hiring Regulations That Every Employer Should Know

Remaining compliant with labor and employment regulations is crucial to the success of every pest management business, whether big or small. Failing to adhere to these ever-changing laws can result in a damaged reputation and significant financial loss from potential lawsuits. Unfortunately, this is one area of business operations where it can be challenging to keep up. As we enter ...

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Beyond the Midterms: What Does this Mean for the Industry?

When John Boehner left his role as Speaker of the House in 2015, the last two months were like a lame duck session on steroids; he called it “cleaning the barn,” and he attempted to deal with as many outstanding issues as rapidly as he could. That’s the way transitions of power normally work in D.C.—the outgoing leader or Congress ...

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