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Service Animals vs. Emotional Support Animals in the Workplace – ADA Guidelines

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on February 27th, 2020

People seem to be bringing animals everywhere these days. From attempting to board a plane with a peacock to walking into stores with untrained dogs, pets are everywhere. But what happens when one of your employees requests to bring an animal into the office to aid with their disability or emotional well-being? The law does…

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Women Now Make Up the Majority of the U.S. Labor Force

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on February 26th, 2020

Women have replaced men as the majority of jobholders in the U.S. labor force. According to data from the Labor Department, women held 50.04% of nonfarm payroll positions in December 2019. This is the highest share women have held since 2010. The Roles Women are Increasingly Filling To reach this percentage in the labor force,…

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Colorado’s Final Overtime Law, Effective Jul. 1, 2020 (and Other Wage & Hour Changes, Effective Mar. 16, 2020)

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on February 24th, 2020

On Jan. 22, 2020, the Colorado Department of Labor adopted the final Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Order #36 (“COMPS Order”). This newly adopted law makes significant changes for both exempt and non-exempt employees. It will see hundreds of thousands more Colorado workers qualifying for overtime. Most provisions of this order will become effective…

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Colorado’s Voting Leave Law – Supporting Your Employees’ Right to Vote

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on February 11th, 2020

2020 is a busy year of elections, starting with Colorado’s Presidential Primary Election on Mar. 3, 2020. State law requires all Colorado employers to support their employees’ right to vote by offering them accommodations to do so, including up to 2 hours of paid leave. Colorado is a mail-in-ballot state which offers welcomed convenience for…

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2020 Legislative Session – Issues Impacting Colorado Employers

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on February 6th, 2020

The Colorado General Assembly convened for the 2020 Legislative Session on Jan. 8, 2020. The General Assembly consists of 100 members – 35 Senators and 65 Representatives; 61 Democrats and 39 Republicans. Until May 6, 2020, the legislature will debate close to 500 bills that members have put forth thus far, which include several key…

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Updated Form I-9 – Required for Use by Employers May 1, 2020

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on February 4th, 2020

Once again, the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated the Form I-9. The revised form was released on Jan. 31, 2020. Along with the new form, USCIS released a revised handbook for employers on the new form. Although this new Form I-9 has already been released, employers are not required to switch…

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Growing Commutes Lead to Stressed Out Workers

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on January 28th, 2020

Those of us in the Denver area are well aware of why this is a great place to live. The area offers many great attractions. There’s the beautiful climate, from snow one day to sunny skies the next, and the amazing landscape of the Rocky Mountains. In short, Denver has everything a thriving city does,…

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Form W-4 Gets a Makeover: Understanding the New Form

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on January 14th, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service has released an updated Form W-4, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2020. The IRS  redesigned the W-4 Form in response to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The TCJA changed the way taxable income is calculated…

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Employers’ Obligations in the ADA Interactive Process

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on January 7th, 2020

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) aims to create an interactive process between employees and employers. This process is designed to occur with each new employee who qualifies under the act. The employer and employee will work together in this process to assess whether the employee’s disability can be reasonably accommodated. This process must begin…

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Top HR Challenges for 2020

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on January 2nd, 2020

As we all welcome in a new year and decade, our HR departments are finding themselves still tasked with many of the same challenges that have carried over from recent years. For insight into what these primary HR challenges are that businesses are facing in 2020, XpertHR surveyed over 700 human resource professionals. The results…

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