Regulations

Building Better Contracts: Dos and Don’ts for Creating Rock-Solid Service Agreements

As the late, great film producer Samuel Goldwyn once pointed out, “A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.” These wise words hold true for any type of agreement drawn up between a company and its customers. However, written contracts are particularly critical in the highly regulated, ever-evolving pest management world. “The biggest mistake most make in our ...

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To Test or Not to Test: Employee Drug Testing in the Age of Legal Weed

Employers across the country are struggling with the issue of employee drug testing as more states allow the use of recreational or medical marijuana. Although pre-employment as well as random drug tests have always tested for marijuana, more stories of employees who are doing away with tests altogether are showing up in the press for various industries. Is this the ...

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Better Safe Than Sorry: op Tips for Workplace Safety

“Safety first!” As a pest management professional, you’ve probably heard and uttered this phrase more times than you can count. Although it may seem like a tired concept, safety on the job is more important and relevant than ever. Why? Because workplace injuries and deaths are on the rise. In 2016, 5,190 U.S. workers were killed on the job, according ...

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Regulatory Compliance Requires Training Throughout

There is no doubt that employees are your biggest asset. But every time they walk out the door and head into a company vehicle, they also become living, breathing liabilities. What they do on the job could cost your company sizeable settlements in lawsuits, damages and regulatory fines. The good news is that there are ways to mitigate the potential liabilities—and ...

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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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Gearing Up For Legislative Day

This March, National Pest Management Association members and staff will once again climb Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to introduce the pest management industry to the 115th Congress. This is a special Legislative Day not only because we have the newly sworn-in 115th Congress, but it also marks NPMA’s 30th Legislative Day. Following the historical 2016 election, we have Republican-controlled ...

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Election 2016 Results and Impacts

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 was an historical election day that concluded one of the longest and most divisive campaigns in American history. President-elect Donald J. Trump’s presidential victory capped a remarkable campaign cycle that defied many political pundits’ projections and polls. In addition to Mr. Trump’s victory, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives retained their Republican majority, setting ...

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Reasonable Overtime Legislation

On July 15th, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5), Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-5), Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and Congressman Collin Peterson (MN-7) introduced the Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act, legislation that will initiate a three-year phase-in of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, which would reach the Department of Labor’s proposed $47,476 in 2019. The legislation also eliminates the automatic three-year ...

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