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1. Tampa, Fla., airport switches janitorial providers

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

Flagship Facility Services will become the janitorial services provider for Tampa International Airport in Florida, replacing Triangle Services. The contract is for one year at $8 million and includes 152 full-time employees. American City Business Journals (07/15)


2. 7 tips for reducing supply costs

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

Terry Sambrowski of the National Service Alliance offers building service contractors seven tips for spending wisely on supplies. Product mapping can help determine which products work best for what tasks and which, therefore, are the most cost-effective. BSCs should also avoid ready-to-use products, which are convenient but costly. Services magazine (July-August 2015)


3. Janitorial firm sued for alleged hiring discrimination

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jul 16, 2015

The Philadelphia Inquirer (07/10)


4. Labor issues guidance on worker classification

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jul 16, 2015

The Labor Department has released a 15-page memo on how a company should distinguish between employees and independent contractors. The guidance offers a detailed interpretation of how the department determines employer compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to the Wage and Hour Division. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (07/15)


5. Hospital deploys robots against germs

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Robots in use at Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Hospital use ultraviolet light bursts to clean surfaces of viruses and bacteria that would otherwise remain. The robots cost $92,000 each. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (06/29)


6. How BSCs can best handle gender-neutral bathrooms

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jul 16, 2015

Gender-neutral bathrooms can reduce the total number of bathrooms at facilities but usually take more time to clean, Andrew Robinson writes. Gender-neutral facilities are often larger than the average restroom and can be messier because of increased use, Robinson writes, which means the cleaning process will need to be further automated. Services magazine (07/13)


7. Coverall franchise is owned and operated by deaf employees

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jul 09, 2015

Alex Trukhin found his passion when he opened a Coverall franchise in Pearland, Texas, about 12 years ago. Trukhin, who is deaf, employs six people who are also deaf. They use e-mail, video phone and texting to carry out the communication needed for a successful business. Houston Community Newspapers (07/07)


8. Mich. school district signs custodial service to yearlong deal

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jul 16, 2015

MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (07/14)


9. White House proposes expanded overtime eligibility

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

The White House plans to expand overtime eligibility for American workers, with as many as 5 million people expected to see salary increases as soon as next year. The salary ceiling for overtime pay would increase from $23,660 to $50,400 a year and be tied to the 40th percentile of income. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (06/29) Politico (06/29)


10. Kansas City, Mo., minimum wage will be $13

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

Officials in Kansas City, Mo., have approved an ordinance that will increase the city's minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2020. SeattlePI.com (07/16)




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