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June 30, 2021: Do you store valuable data or important backups on one of Western Digital’s extremely popular My Book external hard drives? READ >>

June 30, 2021: Cal/OSHA’s June 28 heat illness “reminder” and CLCA Insurance Solutions infographic added to heat warning page.

June 24, 2021: The webinar Firescaping: Plan. Prevent. Protect. has been posted to

June 22, 2021: The webinar COVID: California Re-opens. Employers Ask ‘Now What’? has been posted to

June 10, 2021: The webinar Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace has been posted to

June 10, 2021: The June Cutting Edge has been added to the archive. READ >>

June 10, 2021: Masks? No masks? Mandatory vaccinations? Social distancing? When Gov. Newsom declares the state reopened on June 15, how exactly are employers suppose to answer these questions for their workers? READ >>

June 1, 2021: Upselling water management is CLCA’s June Member Benefit of the Month.

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May 27, 2021: After years of experience, one solid piece of advice CLCA’s HR Hotline gives employers is “Hire Slow – Fire Fast.” View this webinar to learn more.

May 24, 2021: Are you and your clients prepared for mandatory drought conservation measures that would curtail outdoor water usage? View this special CLCA Member Advantage webinar to learn practical advice from industry leaders on steps you can take to protect your business and your clients. VIEW >>

May 15, 2021: Heat warning! Proactively protect field workers to avoid costly Cal/OSHA citations. READ >>

May 13, 2021: Even though state and federal public health officials have aligned their guidance regarding face coverings for people who are vaccinated, CLCA strongly encourages employers to continue to follow stricter Cal/OSHA standards. READ >>

May 5, 2021: The May Cutting Edge has been added to the archive. READ >>

May 1, 2021: The Legal Hotline is CLCA’s May Member Benefit of the Month.

May 1, 2021: The California Landscape Contractors Association is now accepting entries for the 2021 Trophy Awards, a celebration of excellence in landscaping. CLCA’s Events Committee plans on conducting “boots on the ground” in-person judging for the 2021 Trophy Awards. MORE >>

CLCA Legal Hotline

April 15, 2021: Although Gov. Newsom didn’t come right out and say it while making a drought emergency declaration in two northern counties last month, California statewide remains vulnerable to drought. READ >>

April 9, 2021: Good news for landscape contractors storing a growing pile of treated wood waste in their corporate yards. A state agency has started to issue hazardous waste disposal variances. READ >>

April 9, 2021: The April Cutting Edge has been added to the archive. READ >>

April 9, 2021: CLCA recommends: Don’t act on recent federal recommendations regarding vaccinated employees – wait for definitive Cal/OSHA guidance. READ >>

April 5, 2021: Seeking an opportunity to showcase its nationally recognized Water Management Certification program, CLCA has partnered with the influential Water Conservation Showcase. READ >>

April 1, 2021: The HR Hotline is CLCA’s April Member Benefit of the Month.

March 23, 2021: A full-time employee who works for a company with more than 25 employees is now entitled to 80 additional hours of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave, retroactive to January 1, 2021. READ >>

March 5, 2021: Due to overwhelming demand, the March Water Efficient Landscape Dual Certification Program workshops are sold out and registration has closed. On the plus side, registration has opened for the April Mastering Model Water Efficient Landscapes workshops.

March 1, 2021: Technically on in spirit only, but an excellent read nonetheless: Alex Salazar of Groundcare Landscape Company explains “How CLCA Makes Us A Better Contractor.” READ>>

March 1, 2021: Jay Martinez, a CLCA award-winning landscape contractor and Founder/President of Sacramento’s JVM Landscape Construction, Inc., has joined the CLCA Board of Directors as 2021 Director of Legislation. READ>>

March 1, 2021: Join CLCA in Hawaii November 3-6, 2021. Our host hotel is the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Ka’anapali, Maui. READ>>

March 1, 2021: Updated versions of CLCA’s popular fill-in-the-blank legal contracts are the association’s Member Benefit of the Month for March. READ>>

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February 22, 2021: It’s now easier to qualify for a Payroll Protection Program forgivable loan. READ>>

February 20, 2021: Registration is now open for CLCA’s new Water Efficient Landscape Dual Certification Program, which is offered in partnership with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. READ>>

February 8, 2021: New laws touch almost every facet of employment — including leave laws, wage and hour, workers’ compensation and industry-specific laws. Get updated with our 2021 Labor Law Update webinar. VIEW>>

February 4, 2021: Updated versions of CLCA’s popular fill-in-the-blank legal contracts have been posted. READ>>

February 4, 2021: Noting that there are very few options for the safe and affordable disposal of hazardous treated wood waste in California, CLCA encourages green industry professionals to explore disposal variances being issued by the California Department of Toxic Substance Control. READ>>

February 4, 2021: CLCA’s Landscape Educational Advancement Foundation (LEAF) is now accepting applications for 2021 scholarships. READ>>

February 1, 2021: Customizable employee handbooks are CLCA’s Member Benefit of the Month for February. Covers all relevant state and federal policies. PURCHASE>>

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January 13, 2021: CLCA honors its distinguished members: Allegiance Award Winners Frank Niccoli and Tom Noonan and Eric Santos, CLT and Bronwyn Miller, our members of the year. READ>>

January 13, 2021: President Paul Hansen, 2021 Board of Directors assume office. READ>>

January 3, 2021: All CLCA state and chapter leaders are invited to attend the 2021 Leadership Conference. Members interested in exploring leadership opportunities are also invited to attend. REGISTER>>

January 2, 2021: Employers can require workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine and bar them from the workplace if they refuse. READ>>

January 2, 2021: The deadline for small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 to apply for a no-strings-attached grant from the state of California has been extended to January 13. READ>>

January 2, 2021: Registration is now open for the January sessions of CLCA’s Water Efficient Landscape Dual Certification Program and Mastering Model Water Efficient Landscapes (MWEL) webinars.

January 1, 2021: For companies with five or more employees, today is the deadline to provide harassment prevention training. READ>>

January 1, 2021: 2021 Labor Law Posters are CLCA’s Member Benefit of the Month for January. The posters (discounted for CLCA members) include all recommended state and federal updates and are available in English or Spanish. PURCHASE>>

January 1, 2021: One of our New Year’s resolutions was to better organize access to past issues of The Cutting Edge. VIEW ARCHIVE>>

Labor Law poster updated for 2021

December 24, 2020: CLCA HQ is closed for the holidays. CLCA will return re-freshed and re-charged on January 4, 2021. Until then, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Merry Yule & Disappointing Festivus! VIEW >>

December 15, 2020: Your PPP loan + business deductions = IRS issues. Review CLCA’s exclusive guidance from Gilbert CPAs. READ >>

December 6, 2020: Registration is now open for the January sessions of CLCA’s Water Efficient Landscape Dual Certification Program and Mastering Model Water Efficient Landscapes (MWEL) webinars.

December 2, 2020: Cal/OSHA’s recently approved emergency regulations to protect workers from COVID-19 hazards means changes to your workplace. For violations, inspectors can – and will – shut down an entire worksite. READ >>

December 1, 2020: The Find My Contractor search engine is the CLCA Member Benefit of the Month for December. To best link your company to consumers, update your company info, areas of expertise and qualifications at

Contractor Search is the December 2021 member benefit of the month

November 24, 2020: Learn how to develop and position yourself as a leader who remains positive, transcends the circumstances and uplifts members – and your employees – to see what we can accomplish together at the CLCA 2021 Leadership Conference.

November 14, 2020: Naysayers were concerned that CLCA’s first-ever virtual awards ceremony would be just another boring Zoom meeting, highlighted by entertaining short, furry “co-workers” and little else. Boy, were they wrong! ENJOY >>

November 14, 2020: “The best of the best” of green industry professionalism was honored during a gala Trophy Awards Ceremony, presented online by the California Landscape Contractors Association. VIEW WINNERS >>

November 10, 2020: CLCA increases efforts in water efficiency by offering two nationally recognized industry certifications with one course and one written test. READ >>

November 1, 2020: LEAF awards scholarships: Nine Green Industry students receive a total of $38,100. READ >>

November 1, 2020: CLCA’s November Member Benefit of the Month provides a full-service, premier commercial fuel discount and security program. MORE >>

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October 22, 2020: New Southern California training opportunities award two nationally recognized EPA WaterSense Professional Certifications. READ >>.

October 21, 2020: The webinar Managing Pesticide Resistance has been added to

October 14, 2020: The webinar Pesticide Formulations has been added to

October 12, 2020: The thrill of victory! The agony of defeat! The excellence of California landscaping! You’re invited to experience it all at the 2020 Trophy Awards ceremony. Register at

October 8, 2020: The webinar Pesticide Safety, Labels, Toxicology & PPE has been added to

October 2, 2020: The webinar Identifying Common Tree Pests and Diseases has been added to

October 1, 2020: Bruce Dennis explains how CLCA was essential in helping green industry professionals continue to work as COVID shut down the state earlier this year, and notes that now, more than ever, being a member of CLCA can be crucial to our success. READ >>

October 1, 2020: CLCA announces a new, free webinar series to help green industry professionals master new opportunities in water efficiency. See

October 1, 2020: A state agency is offering free on-line harassment training webinars in English and Spanish for employers who have yet to comply with a looming end-of-the-year deadline. READ >>.

October 1, 2020: CLCA’s October Member Benefit of the Month provides hassle-free payroll and credit card processing solutions. See

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September 25, 2020: CLCA invites all members to attend the General Membership Meeting, which will be held online on November 12. Please register early.

September 23, 2020: The webinar Preparing Your Trees for California’s Next Drought has been added to

September 22, 2020: The webinar Expanding Your Plant Palette: Latest Trends and Plants in Landscape Design has been added to

September 1, 2020: Attend CLCA’s new Wednesday Webinars and earn DPR, APLD, ISA and NALP CEUs.

September 1, 2020: Promote professionalism on your website, documents and vehicles with CLCA logos and member decals, our September Member Benefit of the Month. See

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August 25, 2020: CLCA encourages all employers to monitor unhealthy air quality and provide all outdoor workers Cal/OSHA-mandated training and respiratory protection. READ >>

August 24, 2020: Preparing your Trophy Awards entry? Concerned about submitting a video of your project? View this sample video to see how easy it is. VIEW >>

August 19, 2020: The webinars Building Strong and Engaged Teams and Alternative Workweeks have been added to

August 18, 2020: Labor law update: What you need to know about a new court ruling on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. READ >>

August 4, 2020: A new ruling on paying for boots in the workplace, age discrimination lawsuits, employee handbook updates and new Coronavirus and FFCRA rules — all this and more in our just-posted Mid-Year Labor Law Update webinar.

August 1, 2020: Saying the show must go on, CLCA announces video judging for the 2020 Trophy Awards. The entry deadline has been extended to September 14. Submit entries by August 31 and save $100 per entry.

August 1, 2020: In an effort to help members protect their construction lien rights, CLCA has named Construction Preliens & Paperwork its August Member Benefit of the Month.

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July 21, 2020: CLCA is presenting three HR-focused webinars in August, presented by the experts staffing CLCA’s popular HR Hotline member benefit.

July 1, 2020: Heat warning! As temperatures soar, proactively protect workers to avoid costly Cal/OSHA citations. Are you up to date on compliance requirements?

July 1, 2020: CLCA Executive Director Sandra Giarde, CAE recently joined Warren Gorowitz of Hunter Industries and Chris Sabarrese of Corona Tools for a robust discussion of how COVID-19 has impacted how the industry connects, communicates and advocates. See

July 1, 2020: CLCA announces postponement of annual convention in Hawaii until 2021 as well as stepped up efforts to innovatively offer members online education, resources and networking. Details at

July 1, 2020: July is Smart Irrigation Month, and an opportunity to upsell water management. Learn how with the association’s July Member Benefit of the Month.

June 25, 2020: It’s time to enter the 2020 Trophy Awards. An easy-to-use fill-in-the-blank entry form (PDF) been posted to

June 5, 2020: The webinar Contracts: What You Need To Know During the Pandemic has been posted to

June 4, 2020: The webinar “I Love Math! Creating Basic Water Budgets, MAWA and ETWU Calculations” has been added to

June 3, 2020: The webinar “Every Drop Counts! Water Efficient Irrigation Design” has been added to

June 2, 2020: Information about the upcoming How To Make Money With Your Landscape Business webinars has been added to

June 1, 2020: The first four MWELO Essential Elements Workshop Series (MEEWS) webinars have been posted to

June 1, 2020: is named the June Member Benefit of the Month. Lounge and learn!

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May 16, 2020: The U.S. Small Business Administration says they are still funding Paycheck Protection Program Loans. See

May 15, 2020: To provide pandemic protection to contractors and their clients, CLCA has added force majeure clauses to four of its popular legal contracts. See

May 14, 2020: The Essential Planning For Returning to Work: Business Action Steps For COVID-19 webinar has been posted to

May 13, 2020: A health event addendum to CLCA’s popular residential home improvement legal contract has been added to It’s a fill-in-the-blank PDF.

May 13, 2020: Updated the Landscape Industry Certification homepage to reflect that the program is now an online test administered by the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

May 8, 2020: Seeking to safely reopen California. Gov. Newsom has released updated industry guidance. See

May 6, 2020: What steps can you take now to boost the chance that your company will be in business next year? Get answers in the just-posted Surviving the Coming Recession webinar.

May 5, 2020: Info about our new MWELO Essential Elements Workshop Series (MEEWS) posted to

May 4, 2020: Added:, featuring the latest information about CLCA online and our virtual community.

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April 30, 2020: On-line training from Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply added to the On-Line Educational Resources page.

April 29, 2020: Back to work on May 4! That’s the message officials gave Bay Area landscape contractors in a just-released public health order detailed on

April 27, 2020: has been updated with information about the Choose to Grow Forward II webinar.

April 25, 2020: has been updated with new guidance for unemployment insurance and federal relief.

April 20, 2020: Are your workers essential? CLCA’s exclusive legal opinion suggests “Yes, for some Californians!” Get the legal opinion at

April 16, 2020: Videos from Eagle Spec Sales Group added to the On-Line Educational Resources page.

April 15, 2020: To help you find inspiration during “The Pause,” the webinar “I Know I Should … But …” has been posted to and

April 8, 2020: Looking for an easy-to-understand one-page Coronavirus Guidance summary? See

April 7, 2020: Watch five leading green industry business coaches offer insights on dealing with COVID-19 that will help you choose to grow forward. Webinar posted to and

April 2, 2020: On-Line Educational Resources page added.

April 1, 2020: With advocacy, action on upcoming events and a Company/HR information portal, the California Landscape Contractors Association is taking action to help you survive the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more at

April 1, 2020: CLCA adds a “Whats New?” page. See