What's New For Employers

Denver’s Minimum Wage Could Increase to $13.80 Effective Jan. 1, 2020

  • 10/14/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 67 views
Denver’s Minimum Wage Could Increase to $13.80 Effective Jan. 1, 2020
In 2019, through HB19-1210, the Colorado legislature gave local governments the power to set citywide minimum wages at a higher rate than the statewide minimum wage. Currently, the Colorado statewide minimum wage is $11.20 per hour, set to increase to $12.00 per hour on Jan. 1, 2020. No city in Colorado has taken advantage of this rule, but Denver could be the first to do so come January. In September, Mayor Hancock and Councilwoman Kniech proposed a bill to be voted on by Denver’s City Council in November following extensive public engagement beforehand. This bill would increase …

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Overtime Rule, Effective Jan. 1, 2020

  • 9/26/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 164 views
U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Overtime Rule, Effective Jan. 1, 2020
Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor issued their final ruling on overtime pay for companies operating in the U.S. These new thresholds account for growth in employee earnings since the current thresholds were set in 2004. The new ruling takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020, and is expected to make 1.3 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Current Rules Through Dec. 31, 2019, the current rules regarding overtime will remain in effect: The standard salary level is $455 per week, equivalent to $23,66 …

Understanding Colorado’s New Ban-the-Box Law

  • 8/7/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 473 views
Understanding Colorado’s New Ban-the-Box Law
This May, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 19-1025, making Colorado the 12th state to implement a ban-the-box law. This law will take effect on September 1, 2019 for all employers with 11 or more employees, and on September 1, 2021 for all other employers, regardless of how many employees they have. Once it takes effect, this bill will directly change how employers can market open job positions to potential employees and what questions they may ask applicants during the hiring process. As this law takes effect next month, below is some information to better understand wha …

Why Employees Are Leaving (And How to Get Them to Stay)

  • 8/7/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 143 views
Why Employees Are Leaving (And How to Get Them to Stay)
It’s no secret that employees leave the companies they work for, whether they’ve been working there for three years or for just two weeks. Employee turnover is a constant in the job market, and as of 2018 it’s at the highest rate it’s been at in 10 years. This increase in turnover is a detriment to employers, as it’s expensive to continue replacing employees and training new hires to do work you already had someone else trained to do. While employees leave for a myriad of reasons, these reasons aren’t always the ones you’d expect. Not everyone l …

Increased ICE Form I-9 Audits – Is Your Company Prepared?

  • 8/7/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 326 views
Increased ICE Form I-9 Audits – Is Your Company Prepared?
In our current political climate, more and more power has been given to U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE agents have been ordered to serve more Notices of Inspection (NOI) to businesses across the country, and have already served thousands this year alone. An NOI initiates a government administrative inspection of a company’s I-9 Forms to determine whether the business is complying with the current laws regarding the processing and maintaining of these forms. There are steep penalties for infractions found in these audits, which include harsh fines and even crim …

Event Season is in Full Swing in Denver and at J. Kent Staffing!

  • 8/6/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 174 views
Event Season is in Full Swing in Denver and at J. Kent Staffing!
We are currently in the heart of Denver’s busy event season, which typically runs from May through October of each year. J. Kent Staffing and its temporary employees love to keep busy with a variety of events - from sporting events, to concerts, to fairs, to trade shows, and conventions. J. Kent’s Recruiters are constantly vetting and hiring event staff to help with registration, ticket taking, ushering, bag checking, concourse monitoring, greeting attendees, and the like. Denver’s Exciting New Convention Center: Situated in the heart of Colorado, with both the Roc …

8 Interview Questions to Help Find the Right Fit

  • 7/16/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 529 views
8 Interview Questions to Help Find the Right Fit
Interviewing candidates is an important business skill where – let’s face it - many managers need help. For those of us who don’t interview regularly, the interview process can be daunting. And for those of us where interviewing is a daily part of our jobs, we all know that sometimes bad hires are still the result. Could better interview questions have prevented some of your bad hires? Very possibly so! Getting Beyond the Basics of Work History and Education Of course, there are the obvious – and crucial - questions asking about and discussing a candidate …

Employees Using Their Paid Time Off Benefits Everyone

  • 7/8/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 181 views
Employees Using Their Paid Time Off Benefits Everyone
A growing trend shows employees are taking fewer and fewer vacation days, with many not using the allocated paid time off their employer’s offer them. While this may not seem like a problem, research shows that not taking time off leads to a decrease in productivity, efficiency, and amount of work completed. Why Employees Aren’t Taking Time Off: Recent surveys indicate that workers aren’t taking their allotted vacation time off because they’re worried their manager won’t approve their vacation time when they present it to them or they’re worried t …

When Employer Dress Codes Discriminate Against Men

  • 7/5/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 185 views
When Employer Dress Codes Discriminate Against Men
Many employers may think of schools when the term “dress code discrimination” comes to mind, as most of the popular stories in the news these days revolve around students – disproportionately female students – being reprimanded for not following strict, discriminatory dress codes. But workplace dress codes can be just as discriminatory, and can have a similar impact of disproportionately affecting marginalized communities. However, your company’s dress code may also be affecting non-marginalized communities, or simply one specific non-marginalized community &nd …

When Dress Codes Discriminate Against Men

  • 6/24/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 102 views
When Dress Codes Discriminate Against Men
Many employers may think of schools when the term “dress code discrimination” comes to mind, as most of the popular stories in the news these days revolve around students – disproportionately female students and students of color – being reprimanded for not following strict, discriminatory dress codes. But workplace dress codes can be just as discriminatory, and can have a similar impact of disproportionately affecting marginalized communities. However, your company’s dress code may also be affecting non-marginalized communities, or simply one specific non-marg …

Two Perks That Your Employees Want the Most

  • 6/18/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 428 views
Two Perks That Your Employees Want the Most
Over the past decade we have been witnessing a shift away from the traditional 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM workspaces. Technology has helped pave the way for this, but the increasing need to both attract and retain top talent requires companies to consider changing their ways in terms of offering both flexible schedules and remote work options. An Accountemps poll found that 52% of employees thought flexible schedules were the best perk a company could offer, and 27% thought that early leave on Fridays was the best. The desire for work-life balance is strong with employees, especially with …

Common Overtime Mistakes Employers Want To Avoid

  • 5/21/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 351 views
Common Overtime Mistakes Employers Want To Avoid
The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting both full-time and part-time workers. The Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) of the Department of Labor (“DOL”) administers and enforces the FLSA. Your company can be surprised with an audit by the WHD of the DOL at any time. Audits can occur for any of the following reasons (and the assigned investigator is not required to disclose the reason for the audit): Random selection Triggered by a complaint to the DOL by an e …

Pins For A Purpose - J. Kent Staffing Supports Special Olympics Colorado

  • 5/19/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 292 views
Pins For A Purpose - J. Kent Staffing Supports Special Olympics Colorado
According to specialolympicsco.org, “The mission of Special Olympics Colorado is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.” On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, J. Kent Staffing participated in the annual “Pins For A Purpose” even …

Which Would You Choose... Hard Skills or Soft Skills?

  • 4/17/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 309 views
Which Would You Choose... Hard Skills or Soft Skills?
When it comes to hiring a new employee, in the absence of a “perfect” candidate, would you rather hire someone with:      1) The right experience and qualifications, but lacking in soft skills, OR      2) The soft skills that align with your corporate culture, but lacking experience and qualifications According to a recent survey of more than 2,000 professionals conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Yoh, a leading international talent and outsourcing company and part of Day and Zimmermann, three out of four Americans would choose #2 …

New Announcements from Corporate Retailers on Increases in Minimum Wages

  • 4/15/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 225 views
New Announcements from Corporate Retailers on Increases in Minimum Wages
With unemployment at historic lows, retailers are under pressure to find qualified employees and have been raising pay to lure or keep hourly and part-time workers, resulting in the following minimum hourly wage increases: Target Corp – raising the minimum hourly wage for its employees from $12 to $13 an hour effective June, 2019. This marks the 3rd time in less than two years that the retailer has increased its minimum wage. Target plans to raise its hourly wages for workers to $15 in 2020. Amazon – last autumn announced a minimum hourly wage of $15 for its U.S. e …

J. Kent Staffing Wins ClearlyRated's 2019 Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards

  • 3/19/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 449 views
J. Kent Staffing Wins ClearlyRated's 2019 Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards
  Earned by less than two percent of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada DENVER, COLORADO – MARCH 19, 2019 - J. Kent Staffing, a leading temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire staffing agency, specializing in administrative, accounting, human resources, and other professional job sectors, announced today that they have won ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and placed talent. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing winners have …

No Job Opening, No Problem... Hiring the Best Without an Open Position

  • 3/18/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 530 views
No Job Opening, No Problem... Hiring the Best Without an Open Position
Have you ever stumbled across or met with a great candidate for your company, but didn’t hire them because you didn’t have a current opening? In today’s continued tight candidate market, many companies are actively embracing a new strategy of stockpiling those core, talented candidates who are hard to find when they need them. This approach generally applies to specialized or higher skilled candidates in fields such as in information technology, social media, engineering, and accounting – where worker shortages have led to prolonged searches and lost revenue. …

Bills for Colorado Employers to Watch this Legislative Session

  • 2/12/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 416 views
Bills for Colorado Employers to Watch this Legislative Session
J. Kent Staffing is pleased to share this white paper authored by LaRona Mondt, Esq. and Wayne Penebaker, Esq., corporate attorneys with Messner Reeves LLP. Messner Reeves is a Denver-based full service business law firm. In this 2019 Legislative Session, Colorado legislators have introduced bills that would protect applicants’ and employees’ rights relating to equal pay and criminal history inquiries. If these bills are passed, the new laws could impact employers’ operations. Equal Pay For Equal Work Act | SB19-085 SB 19-085 was introduced on January …

Minimum Wages on the Rise - January 2019 Update

  • 1/8/19 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 729 views
Minimum Wages on the Rise - January 2019 Update
Colorado’s Minimum Wage - $11.10/hour Effective January 1, 2019, Colorado’s minimum wage has increased to $11.10/hour, a $.90/hour increase from $10.20 in 2018. Since the 2016 passage of The Colorado $12 Minimum Wage Amendment (also known as Amendment 70), Colorado’s minimum wage has increased by 90 cents each year, and will continue to do so until it reaches $12.00/hour in January, 2020. Nearly Half of the U.S. to See an Increase in Statewide Minimum Wage in 2019 On January 1, 2019, 19 states will be raising their minimum wage, with another 3 states and the Di …

Best Practices for Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

  • 12/4/18 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 734 views
Best Practices for Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
J. Kent Staffing is pleased to share this white paper authored by LaRona Mondt, Esq. and Wayne Penebaker, Esq., corporate attorneys with Messner Reeves LLP. Messner Reeves is a Denver-based full service business law firm. Under federal law, employers have a duty to prevent and correct instances of harassment in the workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has provided guidance for employers on best practices for preventing and addressing sexual harassment. EEOC Core Principles: The EEOC identified core principles which have proven effective for addressing ha …

Voting Leave (Colorado Law) and Politics in the Workplace

  • 10/30/18 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 912 views
Voting Leave (Colorado Law) and Politics in the Workplace
Fortunately, there are many options available today on how and when to vote (mail-in ballot is my personal favorite). But, as we all know, some people just like to head to the voting centers on Election Day and then proudly display their “I VOTED” sticker on their lapel. Employers can encourage - but not require - employees to vote using a certain method, but they can mandate the hours the employee takes off to minimize the disruption to the workplace. So, for those employees who prefer to vote in person on Election Day, it’s important for Colorado employers to know the la …

Consumer Data Privacy - Amendment to Colorado's Law, Effective September 1, 2018

  • 9/19/18 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 1231 views
Consumer Data Privacy - Amendment to Colorado's Law, Effective September 1, 2018
J. Kent Staffing is pleased to share this white paper authored by LaRona Mondt, Esq., corporate attorney with Messner Reeves LLP.  Messner Reeves is a Denver-based full service business law firm. Colorado recently amended its consumer data privacy law. Effective September 1, 2018, all businesses that collect personal identifying information of consumers in Colorado must implement security procedures for the protection of consumers’ data, dispose of unneeded data, and provide notice of data breaches to consumers. Data Security Procedures Employers must implement and ma …

Job Postings & Descriptions - Are Yours ADEA Compliant?

  • 7/17/18 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 1160 views
Job Postings & Descriptions - Are Yours ADEA Compliant?
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967 The ADEA, passed in 1967, prohibits discrimination in employment against individuals age 40 years and older. Today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) receives over 20,000 age discrimination charges per year, which accounts for more than 20 percent of all discrimination charges.  Although not as much in the spotlight as sexual harassment and racism, age discrimination is more prevalent than people think, and cases are on the rise. Some notable recent cases related to hiring and interviewing practices: In 20 …

What Is Your Company's Minimum Wage?

  • 6/21/18 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 1179 views
What Is Your Company's Minimum Wage?
State & Locale Minimum Wages on the Rise News articles and reports of minimum wage increases are a frequent occurence today. Some of the most notable are Seattle, with a current minimum wage of $15.00 per hour, and San Francisco's will increase to the same effective July 1, 2018. Here in Colorado, with the 2016 passage of The Colorado $12 Minimum Wage Amendment (also known as Amendment 70) Colorado's minimum wage, currently $10.20 per hour, was increased to $9.30 per hour as of January 1, 2017, and is increased annually by $0.90 until it reaches $12.00 per hour in January, 2 …

Starting Salaries on the Rise for New Bachelor Degrees

  • 5/23/18 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 1089 views
Starting Salaries on the Rise for New Bachelor Degrees
Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Starting Salaries on the Rise for New Bachelor Degrees As Denver Recruiters, J. Kent Staffing has a strong niche of placing new grads into professional jobs. Good timing is certainly on their side with the favorable hiring climate and unemployment numbers at record lows, making it difficult for companies to find available talent. Many of us remember the very opposite in 2009, when eager grads with normally very marketable degrees found themselves moving back in with mom and dad and working a restaurant job just to make ends meet. I also rem …

Don't Forget About the "I" in D&I

  • 4/19/18 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 1368 views
Don't Forget About the "I" in D&I
  D&I = Diversity & Inclusion Most companies today understand both the benefits and importance of recruiting and hiring a diverse workforce that includes a range of ages, ethnicities, religions, social classes, physical abilities, and political and world views. But, once you have the diversity piece down, it’s critical for management to ensure the right culture is in place that promotes, supports, and encourages all employees – from top to bottom – to be aware of the inclusion side of the D&I formula.   In …

Increase Employee Retention - Get Your Employees Involved!

  • 3/22/18 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 1516 views
Increase Employee Retention - Get Your Employees Involved!
Retain or Recruit – Which is More Important? Many managers and executives would agree – it’s easier to keep good employees than to recruit, hire, and train new ones (although your company’s pipeline for new recruits has to be a constant focus as well).  In today’s extremely tight labor market - Colorado’s unemployment rate is just 3.0% in March 2018 - having a strong employee retention strategy is paramount in today’s war for talent. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, the average cost of losing a good hire was $29,600 in 2017. …

Test Your Knowledge - 10 Interesting Denver Facts!

  • 2/20/18 |
  • Comments (0) |
  • 1519 views
2nd Edition - Denver Fun Facts Quiz As a woman-owned Denver staffing agency since 1979, J. Kent Staffing loves the rich history of Denver and the new milestones that are continually shaping our great town. Settlers were attracted here because of the discovery of gold, but Denver continues to lure present-day settlers with the closeby mountains, 300 days of sunshine annually, 7 professional sports teams, 2nd largest performing arts center and the largest city park system in the U.S.   Whether you’re a Denver native or new to the city, here are 10 interesting pieces of …