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Understanding A Pest Control Non-Compete- The Employee Perspective

Choose your own way, concept

As a pest control technician, you labor long hours in often times uncomfortable, dirty, and hot conditions. You work hard! You build rapport with many of your customers. You learn your trade inside and out. After years of working for a pest management company, you’re done lining the pockets of “the man.” You decide to take your pest control knowledge, skills and abilities and start your own pest control business. Your plan has just one kink. Upon initially becoming a pest control technician, you signed a non-compete agreement with your former employer. Before you start your own pest control business, first you must understand the non-compete agreement or clause you… Read More

Understanding Pest Control Non-Competes- The Employer’s Perspective

Ethical vs. Legal

As pest control operators, you spend years building your companies. Blood, sweat, frustrations, and tears go into building relationships with your customers, and your employees. What if one of your employee technicians decides that he or she wants to quit and start their own pest control business? Are you protected? Many pest control companies utilize non-compete agreements or clauses in their businesses. What exactly are pest control non-compete agreements? Do they work, and how are they enforced? Are there any drawbacks to using these clauses in the employee hiring process? What about legal issues that come up? Many questions arise when it comes to pest control non-competes. In part one… Read More

6 Tips To Successfully Let Employees Go

You're Fired Sign

We can be brutally honest here, and please believe in the uncompromising honesty of this fact: firing an employee is just about as hard as getting fired! Seriously. You, as an employee, may think that the fires of Hell rained on you when that boss called you in to say “you’re done,” but I’d wager that it was just as hellish for your boss as it was for you. No one likes to fire anyone — except for maybe Donald Trump. It’s a necessary evil as an owner you have to be okay with doing. A lot of the difficulty, though, of having to terminate employees is a lot of… Read More

Bed Bug Liability For Rentals

Bedbug waste

Bed bugs are infesting themselves into people’s lives but for those with lease agreements it’s difficult to figure out who’s responsible for the bugs and their damages. Arizona law (for example) makes it very clear that upon discovering bed bugs renters and landlords are expected to mutually cooperate. Here are some basics to the laws regarding bed bugs. Bed Bugs: The Law The landlord is financially responsible for exterminating pests. The law expects them to answer quickly, within 7 days, to a tenant’s written complaint by hiring a professional and having the unit already inspected within those 7 days. Tenants are expected to stay in the unit and cooperate with… Read More

Bedbug Laws By State

With the serious increase of bedbug infestations over the past decade, many victims of such infestations are wondering what the bedbug laws are in their state. Currently, twenty-two states have bedbug laws in the books. Several other states have bedbug legislation, or yet to be passed bedbug laws. Here is a compiled list: *** Disclaimer*** The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. These are the bedbug laws as of March 11, 2013, and can change. If  you feel that you have been a bedbug victim; whether landlord, tenant, or otherwise, please contact a licensed attorney who specializes… Read More