Author Archives: Amanda Tomaini Lamela

Illegal immigration raids have attention of horticulture industry

immigration raids

Craig Regelbrugge, the vice president for government relations and research for AmericanHort, is at it again, and I appreciate it very much. In the past few weeks, Regelbrugge has written two blog posts that explain the potential impact to the horticulture industry of some of the executive orders and actions President… Read more »

Recent cloud-based server hacks serve as warning to all

CERN cloud server

I don’t know how Deb Carpenter Beck does it. The longtime Sage Construction and Real Estate marketer, who can still be found on the Plumb Bob Square Rants blog, always writes about the most topical posts in the industry. Ironically her latest blog post hit too close to home as we’re… Read more »

Agriculture lobby looking to shed light on immigration

Agriculture lobbying

In this day and age, the word “lobbyist” has grown to become a word of disdain and derision. It’s almost as if the term has become synonymous with graft and corruption. However, as I was reading through a couple of blog posts written* by Craig Regelbrugge, the American Horticultural Industry’s… Read more »

Overtime ruling delay welcome says horticulture industry representative

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The horticulture industry was keeping an eye on the calendar — and a U.S. District Court in Texas — as December approached this year. Back in May, the Department of Labor issued a final ruling updating the overtime requirements for salaried employees. Since the salary requirements in the overtime rules hadn’t… Read more »

Join us for an evening of basketball and business education

Basketball Event 1

Our customers know that when Practical Software Solutions hosts an event, we like to have a good time. Seriously … go ask them. They’ll tell you. They’ll also tell you that we take our business — and our customers’ businesses — seriously. But when we can combine the two, like our… Read more »

Industries of the Blind walks the path of lean manufacturing

Industries of the Blind Made in IOB

It’s said you can never truly understand a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Last Thursday, I walked about 500 feet in the shoes of a blind person, and I got a pretty good notion of what it was like to be visually impaired. Luckily for me,… Read more »

HR Update: Senate Bill Also Targets Overtime Ruling

Overtime

There are some topics that lend themselves to updates. Take the U.S. government, for instance. (I’ll withhold any “Take my government, please” jokes for now.) On May 18, President Obama signed a Department of Labor Final Rule that would vastly change overtime pay criteria for certain white-collar salaried employees. The ruling,… Read more »

Free Training For Sage 100 Contractor 2016 SQL version

Sage 100 Contractor

Denise Johnson is my favorite person ever! Ok, granted, I’ve never met the senior curriculum developer and trainer for Sage Construction and Real Estate. However, her latest post on the Sage CRE Product Blog made want to sing her praises. Earlier this week, Denise announced on Sage City that Sage will… Read more »

AmericanHort warns horticulture industry to prepare for overtime legislation

EAP Ag Legislation

I was so excited when AmericanHort announced a few weeks ago they were going to host a webinar called “Avoiding Audit Surprises: The New Overtime Rule and Other Federal Labor Topics.” This is a topic we’ve been discussing for years with the horticulture industry. It’s our goal to help people in… Read more »

2016 Year-end Center coming soon to Sage City Online

Year-end Center 1

I received an urgent message from one of my contacts at Sage last week: The end is near! Jennifer Fennell, the Senior Program Manager for Online Support and Learning Services for Sage, was referring to the end of 2016. While many people start dreaming of the holidays and time off, accountants, HR… Read more »