Our thoughts are with the individuals and businesses affected by the recent hurricanes. Due to the outpouring of industry support, NPMA has set up a community website where any member of the pest management family who either wants to help or who needs assistance can connect directly with each other.
Hurricanes, strong storms, heavy rains and other extreme weather events can impact the termite protection afforded by a professional termite treatment. Flooding can affect soil treatments by washing away treated soil or depositing mud, soil, or sand on top of treated areas. Termite bait systems may be compromised when soil or debris is deposited on top of stations or if equipment is disturbed or removed by flooding or the renovation process. Repair and replacement of treated wood or other structural components may also compromise the termite protection provided to homeowners. Pest management professionals can help to protect their customers’ homes by determining if termite protection has been compromised by flooding or extreme weather events.
What’s the biggest safety issue your company faces? Click here to participate in the poll!
There are fraudulent companies and organizations that may try to present themselves as official partners of NPMA and offer you a potential room that might not be guaranteed or available. Should you be contacted by someone other than the Visit Baltimore Housing Bureau or NPMA, please let us know. For PestWorld hotel and travel information, please click here.
Additionally, if you are a PestWorld exhibitor, please be aware of false organizations trying to sell you an attendee list. NPMA will provide attendee lists to all exhibitors after the convention. If you have any questions please contact us at email@example.com.
Robber Fly (Bee Mimic)
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
Brentwood Pest Control Inc.
Guardian Pest Control
Mr. Mister Mosquito Control
Primo's Pest Control
The Bug Man, Inc
Wyoming Ecological Extermination Company
Now QualityPro Accredited
Eliminex Pest Control of Oakdale, NY
Now Offering GreenPro Certified Service
Eliminex Pest Control of Oakdale, NY
Are past due accounts bugging your business? Has the economy put you in the unfortunate position of "bill collector" instead of service provider? As a benefit of membership, NPMA Members have access to discounted collection services from A.R.M. Solutions.
For over a decade, A.R.M. Solutions has delivered cost effective and diplomatic programs to maximize recovery rates, retain valued customers, and lower the overall cost of collecting on past due accounts. Click here for more information about this member benefit.
Episode One: Recruiting the Best
Presented by Phil Cooper of Cooper Pest Control and Tim Wong of Rollins Inc.
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, and start hiring employees that last with NPMA’s latest virtual conference series: Hire Smart & Manage Easy. In this engaging three-part series, industry icons come together to deliver an innovative approach to employee recruitment.
On October 3 at 9:00 a.m. ET, business leaders Phil Cooper of Cooper Pest Control and Tim Wong of Rollins Inc. come together in episode one, Recruiting the Best, to share winning strategies for avoiding common pitfalls when recruiting new employees.
Limited seats are available for each episode, so sign up today!
The U.S. Texas District Court in the Eastern District of Texas recently struck down the (President Obama’s era) Department of Labor’s (DOL) Overtime Rule. The rule had been enjoined by the same Texas District Court since November of last year, prior to the anticipated December 1, 2016 implementation date. The Overtime Rule would have raised the minimum salary threshold for administrative, executive and professional employees entitled overtime from $23,660 to $47,476.
The Court held that DOL overstepped their statutory authority by doubling the salary threshold and departing from Congressional intent to exempt executive, administrative and professional employees based on their duties rather than an arbitrarily high salary level. The ruling means that the previous injunction blocking the overtime rule from going into effect is permanent and the current salary threshold remains $23,660.
On Tuesday September 5th, the U.S. Justice Department of Justice declined to defend the DOLs Overtime Rule invalidated by the U.S.Texas District Court and have dropped their appeal.
Next Steps for Overtime
In July 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 Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The RFI is specifically requesting comment on:
•Is the salary threshold increase too high?
•Should there be salary threshold discrepancies based on region?
•Should there be salary threshold discrepancies based on size of employer?
•Should there be salary threshold discrepancies based job function? (executive, administrative, professional)
•Should there be changes to the “duties test”?
•How should non-discretionary bonuses be accounted?
Last week, NPMA joined a coalition of industry allies and participated in a “Advocacy Roundtable DOL’s RFI on Overtime” hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Much of the roundtable involved small business associations weighing in on what the salary threshold should be raised to and based on what metric. There is certainly a majority of business advocates that agree that the threshold should probably be raised from the $23,660 last raised in 2004 to an amount between $30,000 - $35,000 annually.
NPMA is in the process of drafting comments to determine a salary threshold that protects NPMA members companies and their employees from DOL overreach and a burdensome and unrealistic salary threshold that would automatically increase every third year.
Currently, NPMA and other trade associations must combat burdensome and outdated federal election regulations, such as the prior approval process to fundraise for trade association Political Action Committees (PACs). Prior approval hurts NPMA and other trade associations in the following ways:
•Requiring trade associations to obtain prior approval is discriminatory. No other class of political action committee or political entity, including corporate, labor union, and individual membership association PAC, is subject to the prior approval requirement.
•In the wake of Citizens United, the prior approval requirement restricts First Amendment rights. The employees of member corporations have a constitutional right to join in support of or in opposition to candidates for political office. Super PACs can fundraise with less restrictions than trade associations like NPMA.
•Trade associations already report all contributions collected and distributed monthly. Ensuring compliance with the prior approval requirement is an additional process that is unnecessary, time consuming, and a confusing and convoluted process for our members.
The prior approval requirement has proven to be a remedy in search of a problem, and it simply makes no sense that trade association PACs must adhere to this antiquated practice for no meaningful purpose. The Prior Approval Reform Act, H.R. 2101, will end the prior approval requirement, leveling the playing field with labor unions and strengthening our voice on Capitol Hill. Click Here: Urge your Congressman to level the playing field for NPMA Pest PAC and support the Prior Approval Reform Act!
Under advice from the California Department of Public Health, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers says it is alerting visitors about the possibility of rodents carrying plague in the Lake Tahoe area. Signs have been posted on the possibility of chipmunks, ground squirrels and other rodents being infested with fleas that may carry plague.
The Lone Star tick is causing an allergy to meat in some Missouri patients.
Standing water is breeding billions of post-hurricane mosquitoes, which could transmit diseases like the West Nile Virus
In the Northwest, it’s spider season – and due to the warm weather seen recently, more spiders are possible. Here’s what you can do to keep spiders away.
In Howard County, Maryland, white-footed mice are being collared in a study to improve tick control.
One. That is the total number of locally transmitted Zika cases confirmed in the continental United States this year, as of mid-August.
Organizations are encouraging conversations between bosses and subordinates – but these talks can get awkward when a rookie coaches a veteran. Here are tips to make these coaching sessions a better experience for all involved.
With new generations entering the workforce and shifting expectations regarding company culture, it's vital that employees are engaged in a shared set of values. Engaged workers are more productive, have better attitudes and exhibit more loyalty. Find out what employee engagement means to the following companies and how they've successfully engrained it in their cultures.
Leadership goals take many forms, whether you're hoping to make in impact on your company or a difference on a global scale. But all great leaders need specific set of skills to reach new heights. Here are ten of the most important.
More people than you think don’t tell the whole truth on their resume – but the lies can be tough to spot. Here are six red flags that someone stretched the truth.
Some small business owners state that energy is the highest cost of doing business. Here’s how to go green and saves money on electric costs.
As the summer travel season kicks into high gear, Penn State researchers have found a potential solution to those unwanted guests that can turn a relaxing vacation into a skin-crawling nightmare.
The New Yorker
As of the beginning of September, there have been only two cases of transmission of Zika in the U.S. in 2017, with dramatic declines in South and Central America. Is it gone for good?
CBS New York
Lyme Disease-carrying pests are most active in the spring, summer, and early fall – so it’s important to stay vigilant for the threat of ticks.