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How to Save Money on Insurance

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Can you save money on insurance? This week the Head Harvesters talk with David Bloodgood, VP of Sales with LCIS, Landscape Contractors Insurance Services, headquartered in Fresno, California. In this brief video, they are going to cover insurance MOD’s (modification rate). They will tell you what it is and how to lower it and save money. After the video you can download a white paper David prepared about MOD rates. You can use it as part of […]

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Investigate Before You Terminate

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There is an incredible amount of potential liability these days for terminating (firing) a person in your employ. Watch this week as the Harvesters talk about what to consider before you terminate, in order to totally minimize that reality. At the end of the clip you can download a list of some important things to consider to keep you out of trouble. Remember, “Hire slow, fire fast”. Well, not too fast. We are sorry but this document […]

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What’s an I-9 Form?

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You most likely know what an I-9 form is, but are you filling it out correctly? Harvester Steve says that he HAS NEVER audited company I-9 forms that were filled out correctly. The potential fine for mistakes on a form is as much as $1,100 for every mistake! You just may want to watch The Harvesters today as they review some of the requirements in the law, as well as a great download at the end of […]

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Do You Know the Five Most Important HR Documents?

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If you don’t know or you are not sure, watch as Harvester Steve shares the five most important Human Resource Documents every company needs to have. If you don’t have them in place, it will be best to put the missing ones on the urgent list and get them as soon as possible. If you need help, contact Harvester Steve Cesare directly at (760) 685-3800. Remember you east coast folks, he lives in sunny California – three […]

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How to Discipline and Terminate Employees

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Law suits are rampant, so employers need to be careful. When an employee needs to be disciplined or terminated, how do you handle it? What happens if a disciplined employee will not sign their warning? Should a manager terminate or discipline an employee alone? Watch this week as the Harvesters give practical advice to keep YOU out of court. Then watch carefully and see what Harvester Ed tries to do to win their Bocce game! We are […]

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Employee Handbook Suggestions

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How often do you update and distribute your Employee Handbook? Laws change every year, and Employee Handbooks should be updated and re-distributed annually. This week the Harvesters give simple suggestions on how this can be done. Learn more about the Harvest Way Academy

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Harvesters visit ExakTime Headquarters

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The Harvesters theme this week is INNOVATION – ways to save time, money, and just make things simpler and easier. They interview Scott Prewett, one of the founders of ExakTime, at their corporate headquarters in Calabasas, California. Their system uses an inexpensive communications device to record your employees time and materials, thus eliminating paper. It does your payroll, job costing, GPS and more. Over one million employees click on every day! Watch as Scott explains how easy […]

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Keep Meetings Meaningful

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Are Your Meetings Meaningful? Many complain about long drawn out meetings, especially when there are too many of them. Others don’t even have them. Watch The Harvesters as they offer great advice about practical, meaningful meetings. At the end of the clip you can download The Harvest letter on “Conducting A Successful Meeting”. It will really help to make sure there is no wasted time and that your meetings are meaningful! We are sorry but this document […]

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Death – Are You Prepared?

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What would happen to your family and company if you died today? A Harvest Member and good friend Brian Akehurst, President of Akehurst Landscaping in Maryland, died suddenly on July 6th. What a shock, and only 47 years old. It’s good Brian was prepared with the items The Harvesters are going to review. His death gives us all pause to consider this serious reality. Watch as the Harvesters give solid advice to everyone, especially business owners, on […]

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Who Maintains Your Equipment?

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Equipment maintenance methods matter. How much is it costing to maintain your equipment? Is it being done correctly on a regular basis? This week watch as the Harvesters give you great tips on ways to maintain your equipment and save money. At the end of the clip you can download a two page chapter from Ed’s book, “Green Side Up” on Equipment Maintenance. There are definitely some things to think about. We are sorry but this document […]

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