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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Lawnboy85, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Messages: 1,209

    You are not considered an employee of his unless he is going to have you fill out a w-4 and pay taxes on the money he pays you.

    In Massachusetts a person can apply as long as their supervisor is certified and they can have direct contact with the licensed person throughout the day (over the phone is fine).

    He sounds like someone who would not be happy with your services and be hard to collect money from.
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Just stay away from it if you are unsure. In most states, under a perfect scenario, even...it is unlike the above posts of the laws in Mass.. In MOST states, even if this guy HAD a CURRENT license, which you can rest assured, he doesn't... - why would he? But if he DID have a license, had his business insured, AND registered through the state, THEN you would STILL need to be certified to work under this guy in his business. So, the best thing would be to do would be to look in to the laws, yourself. Good luck with it.
  3. tamo

    tamo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    maybe if you took another 10 seconds you'd of discovered Sarge does have his facts straight:

    There are a limited number of instances where individuals who apply pesticides are NOT required by Oregon
    law to hold a pesticide-related license; they are as follows:

    5. “Persons who do not advertise or publicly hold themselves out as being in the business of applying
    pesticides but whose main or principal work or business is the maintenance of small or home lawns,
    shrubs, or gardens” [ORS 634.106(5)]. Some landscape maintenance companies may fall under this
    exemption if: 1) no restricted-use pesticides or machine-powered equipment are used, 2) properties to
    which pesticides are applied are limited to single family residences (no commercial property), and 3)
    the use of pesticides is not specified in advertisements, contracts or invoices.

    straight from the Oregon Dept of Agriculture Pesticides Division website.

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