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1. How to reduce employee turnover

BSCAI SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

An improving economy can make retention difficult for building service contractors, Lisa Ridgely writes. Tactics used by BSCs to retain employees include improving screening protocols and increasing starting pay. CleanLink (03/17)


2. BSCs brace for federal sourcing changes

BSCAI SmartBrief | Mar 05, 2015

The federal government is preparing changes to how it hires contractors, and this could mean fewer bids for building service contractors. CleanLink (03/03) CleanLink (03/03)


3. Mich. city's schools seek private bids from custodial companies

BSCAI SmartBrief | Mar 19, 2015

Muskegon Public Schools in Michigan is seeking proposals for outsourcing its custodial services. District officials said the request for proposal is to fulfill state funding requirements and not out of a dissatisfaction with the union representing existing workers. MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (03/17)


4. Govt. to fine cleaning company at least $250K for hiring practices

BSCAI SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

New Times (Phoenix) (03/23)


5. Preventive maintenance is a priority for managers

BSCAI SmartBrief | Mar 12, 2015

Preventive maintenance is a priority in schools and medical centers, and head custodians and supervisors are a big part of making that happen, three managers say. "Being proactive in regard to maintenance generates a net operational savings and better indoor environmental quality. We definitely see a decrease in work orders the more we adhere to preventive maintenance," says Patrick Pizzo of the East Meadow School District in New York. Facilities Maintenance Decisions magazine (02/2015)


6. 4 bidders seek custodial contract for schools in Glen Rock, N.J.

BSCAI SmartBrief | Mar 12, 2015

Four contractors have bid on custodial services in the Glen Rock, N.J., school district, including incumbent Aramark. Officials are expected to interview the companies and provide a recommendation ahead of April's board vote. Glen Rock Gazette (N.J.) (03/09)


7. Green cleaning practices are on the rise

BSCAI SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Building service contractors are responding to clients' increasing focus on environmentally friendly practices. Chemical-free cleaning products are widely available, Karen Kroll writes, and a green cleaning program includes numerous other measures. Building Operating Management magazine (03/2015)


8. Employer cites timekeeping policy in defense against overtime claim

BSCAI SmartBrief | Mar 12, 2015

A federal appeals court has ruled against an employer that cited its "no overtime" policy as a reason for not paying for "off the clock" labor. A lower court had dismissed the case, accepting the employer's argument that the worker violated company policy by not accurately reporting his hours. HR.BLR.com (03/04)


9. Janitor walks 35 miles to work at casino

BSCAI SmartBrief | Mar 05, 2015

Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model), The (03/02)


10. Tenn. county extends GCA contract, to re-examine janitorial outsourcing

BSCAI SmartBrief | Mar 19, 2015

The Bradley County education board in Tennessee has extended its janitorial contract with GCA  Services Group through the 2015-16 school year. The board did decide to seek separate bids for lawn-care services, which had been part of the janitorial contract, and it will also re-examine its arrangement with GCA for the 2016-17 school year. Cleveland Daily Banner (Tenn.) (03/14)




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