November 8, 2022
Daria RuginisLandscape Ontario’s membership team is always on the lookout for ways to help the Landscape Ontario community save money — something that’s top of mind in these times of high inflation and skyrocketing prices. In fact, some of the recent additions to the already long list of exclusive LO member benefits are so amazing that it’s hard to even put a dollar amount to how much your business can save.

KSMI Weather App

Starting Nov. 1, 2022, LO members* received access to hyper-local weather data, real-time threat alerts, plus access to hundreds of provincial/municipal road weather systems via the KSMI Weather App. The technology allows you to make informed decisions year round about where and when to send crews based on interactive radar, mapping tools, weather alerts, live cameras and road conditions.

The app also allows you to push email and SMS notices to anyone on your team in real-time for threats such as lightning, strong wind, hail and wind. The archive feature allows you to log, export or document weather data for various reports, including evidence for insurance in the event of damage or loss.

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EIO HR Hotline

Introduced this past summer, the EIO HR Hotline allows LO members* to connect with an HR expert to ask questions about employment policies — everything from hiring to severance, and everything in between. Available seven days a week via phone, email or live web chat, EIO managers will guide you through best practices for things like vacation pay, health and safety mandates, or navigating through a pressing emergency. There’s no limit on hotline usage. How can you put a dollar value on that?

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Telephone legal advice

LO members* also have access to unlimited telephone legal advice seven days a week from 8 a.m. to midnight (24 hours a day in emergency situations). There is no limit to the number of times you can call or the duration of the call.

Ask questions about employment or staffing issues, mergers and acquisitions, accounts receivable, contracts, or tax-related matters.

According to the Law Society of Ontario, the average cost of a lawyer in the province ranges from $90 per hour for a law clerk/student to $325 per hour for a senior counsel with over 20 years of experience, so there’s no telling how much money you’ll save by utilizing this amazing benefit.

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Save money, time and get peace of mind

Let’s face it: we all worry about money. But business owners are pulled in so many directions — managing crews, pleasing clients, dealing with suppliers, and so much more. So when things come up that are not your area of expertise, or that lure your focus away from your business, take a minute to connect with the professional services made available through your LO membership. You’ll not only save time and money, you’ll gain peace of mind by getting a clear roadmap to solving a particular problem with LO’s great team of experts behind you.  

* Available to all Member, Sole Proprietor, Chapter Associate and Associate membership categories.
Daria Ruginis
LO Member Engagement Specialist