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Military Veterans in the Pest Management Industry
NPMA is committed to recognizing the contribution made by veterans of the U.S. Armed forces and engaging them in a successful transition to a productive and rewarding career in the pest management industry. To that end, we are in the process of creating a “Veterans in Pest Management” group within NPMA which, open to any member, which will be committed to promoting the recruitment of vets into the industry and identifying and supporting programs that support the pest management industry veteran community. The organizing meeting of the group will be held during Legislative Day at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, March 16. Members that participate in the organizational meeting are invited to a private meeting with General Stanley McChrystal, the Legislative Day keynote speaker, sponsored by FMC. General McChrystal served most recently as Commander, International Security Assistance Force and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan. He previously served as Director, Joint Staff from August 2008 to June 2009 and as Commander, Joint Special Operations Command from 2003 to 2008. Please click here to RSVP.
Additionally, in an effort to help our members recruit employees from this highly trained demographic, NPMA has created a "Military Veterans in Pest Management" recruitment video. This video showcases veterans in our industry and is designed to spark interest and educate prospective employees about the benefits of working in our industry and demonstrate to veterans the attractiveness of a career in pest management. Click here to download the video now.
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It's a New Year and Time to Revisit the Exempt/Nonexempt Question
One of the fundamental payroll questions employers face is whether an employee is “exempt” or “nonexempt.” Nonexempt employees must (1) keep a daily time record, (2) receive at least the minimum wage for each hour worked, and (3) receive overtime compensation for all hours worked in excess of 40 per week. Exempt employees don’t have to do those things. We pay exempt employees a salary and they work whatever hours are necessary to get the job done.
It would be wonderful if we could classify all employees as exempt, as this would eliminate many payroll issues and make compensation planning and budgeting much simpler. However, the Department of Labor will not allow us to classify employees in this way. To the contrary, the position of the Department of Labor is that all employees are nonexempt, unless management can prove they are exempt. To be classified as exempt an employee must meet the exemption tests that are enforced by the Department of Labor. There are five exemption categories with specific tests under each category. Click here to read a summary of each.
This material was produced for NPMA members by Seay Management Consultants. Effective Jan. 1, 2015, any NPMA member is entitled to contact Seay Management Consultants to speak with one of their HR consultants free of charge regarding any employment issue that arises in your business. Click here for more details.
Thank You for Participating in the NPMA Gives Program
Several companies have recently announced their participation in NPMA Gives, a program created by NPMA to provide its members with a way to recognize their contributions to their communities. The following companies recently committed to donating one percent of their annual net profit in 2015 through either monetary, product or service contributions in an attempt to give back to our community:
Click here to sign up for the NPMA Gives Program and to view the full list of participants.
- Pest Management Systems, Inc. – Greensboro, NC
- Royal Pest Solutions – New Castle, DE
Register Today for the 2015 Wildlife Expo and SAVE!
Early bird pricing ends Jan. 12
Register through January 12 to take advantage of early bird discounted rates for the 2015 Wildlife Expo! Click here for more details and registration.
Peek Inside PestWorld Magazine
PestWorld, NPMA’s bi-monthly magazine, offers an in-depth look at industry trends. Regular columns include a look at innovative business practices in the industry, regulatory updates, and sales and marketing opportunities.
Take a look at what’s inside the January/February 2015 issue:
- A New Day in Congress
- Sneak Preview: Legislative Day 2015
- How to Create a Positive Online Presence for Your Business
- A Review on NPMA Member Benefits
Click here to view the magazine. To submit an article or find out more about this publication, contact Janay Rickwalder.
Identification of Bed Bug Pheromones
A team of entomologists and chemists from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, led by Dr. Regine Gries, recently published a bed bug research paper that has been several years in the making. Gries and her coauthors investigated the complex of chemicals that can potentially be used to lure and trap bed bugs in the field. The aggregation pheromones that bed bugs use to attract one another are comprised of several unique chemicals that have long been studied, but never completely isolated and identified until now. Chemical analyses of bed bug cast-skins and feces led to the identification of five volatile components and one not-so-volatile one (histamine). When the proper blend of all six chemicals is present, the research team had great success in luring bed bugs to a desired location and keeping them there (the histamine appears to act as an arrestant).
This paper was published in the most recent volume of the journal Angewandte Chemie under the title, ”Bed Bug Aggregation Pheromone Finally Identified”.
President Obama Signs Chemical Security Legislation into Law
President Obama recently signed into law legislation reauthorizing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program for four years. Initial authorized in October of 2006 for a three year period, the program has since been authorized on an annual or ad hoc basis through annual or short term funding legislation. The four-year authorization will provide more certainty to both DHS and the regulated community. While the overwhelming majority of PMPs are not subject to CFATS, fumigators that possess certain amounts of phosphine or aluminum or magnesium phosphide are covered by the program and must submit Top-Screens and other information to DHS.
VDACS Considering Revising Pesticide Applicator Certification Requirements
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently announced its intention to consider amendments to pesticide applicator certification requirements under the Virginia Pesticide Control Act. The proposed revisions include: (i) amending certain definitions; (ii) deleting the requirement that individuals who fail the certification examination must wait a prescribed number of days before retaking the examination; (iii) revising the process by which persons who cannot read or understand pesticide labels can be certified to apply restricted use pesticides on their own property; (iv) clarifying the on-the-job training requirements for prospective applicators; (v) establishing numeric identifiers for the existing categories of private applicator certification; (vi) prescribing the minimum requirements for board-approved recertification training programs; and (vii) clarifying the requirements for the issuance of a certificate pursuant to a reciprocal agreement with another state. Click here to read additional information.
Monarch Butterfly May Join Endangered Species List in 2015
The Christian Science Monitor
Once a species is listed, the federal government must take steps to minimize risk to the species within their critical habitat (in the case of the monarch butterfly, the critical habitat is likely to be virtually everywhere) and will almost certainly include limits on the use of certain pesticides.
Concord: Allegedly Ignoring Bedbugs Bites Landlord; Judge Issues Arrest Warrant
Contra Costa Times
Bedbug Bait and Trap Invented by Simon Fraser University Scientists
New Rules for Salinas Schools — Reporting Pesticide Use
20 States Raised Their Minimum Wage This Week
The Washington Post
How to Resolve Employee Conflict
By Adrian Davis
FMC, Univar Expand Holiday Drive for the Homeless in Ohio
FMC Corporation, Univar, Inc. and Ohio-based pest management professionals expanded their annual holiday drive to include Cincinnati and Cleveland, once again providing desperately needed supplies for Ohio's homeless community.
Matt Shipp Joins the Control Solutions Team as Vice President of Marketing
Control Solutions is pleased to announce that Matt Shipp has joined their team as the new Vice President of Marketing effective Jan. 5, 2015.
Technician from NPMA Member Company Wins Lottery
Mankato Free Press
Alan Potter, a pest control technician at Plunkett's Pest Control, and his wife won $1 million from the Minnesota Lottery.
Bug Doctor Termite and Pest Control/Bird Doctor Nationwide Announces an Addition to Their Staff
Bug Doctor Inc.
Stuart Aust, President and CEO of Bug Doctor, Inc., is pleased to announce the recent addition of Nick Aust to the organization as Business Development Coordinator.
In Memoriam: Alan Smith
Alan Smith, 39-year veteran in the pest management industry, passed away on Dec. 13 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
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Scientists 'Fixed Evidence' to Ban Pesticides, Note Reveals (The Australian)
BeeGate: Science Scandal Or Smear Campaign? (Forbes)
TPCA Announces the 2014 Technician of the Year (BugMaster Termite & Pest Control)
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