J. Kent's Blog - Articles for Employers and Job Seekers

Keys to Holding a Successful (and Safe) Holiday Party

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on November 27th, 2019

It’s that time of year again, time for the company holiday party. This event can do wonders to improve employee morale. It can also become a fond memory to boost employee retention. But there’s also a potential downside to these parties — companies being liable for what happens at them. Holding a successful holiday party…

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Normalizing Pronouns in the Workplace

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on November 24th, 2019

Younger generations are entering the workforce in large numbers. They’re bringing the cultural norms they’ve been changing with them. The largest of these changing norms are those about the LGBT community. There is now a greater acceptance of gender identities and expressions. Likewise, Millennial and Gen Z workers expect their employers to embody their values.…

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Successfully Returning to Work After a Gap in Employment

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on November 22nd, 2019

It’s becoming more common for employees to return to work to the workforce after employment gaps. Whether these lapses are due to starting or raising a family, going to school, taking care of a loved one, or even an early retirement that didn’t pan out, you can explain them to potential employers. Therefore, these gaps…

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How to Ask for a Raise – and Receive it

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on November 19th, 2019

It’s no secret that every employee wants to earn more money. But starting the conversation with your boss to get a raise can be a daunting task. Saying the wrong thing or making even the smallest of missteps can set you back. This setback may not only impact your chances of getting a raise now…

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2020 Benefit Upgrades – The Key to Employee Retention and Attraction

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on November 13th, 2019

With the start of a new decade on the horizon, is your company in need of an open review and overhaul of your benefits offerings? Benefits play a pivotal role today in retaining and attracting the right people. This is especially true given the ongoing shortage of good talent. Be sure to review your traditional,…

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2020 is a Leap Year – Here’s What That Means for Payroll

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on November 12th, 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, employers and companies need to begin preparations for the new year. And 2020 is a trickier year than most in terms of payroll because it’s a leap year, with 29 days in February instead of the usual 28. This extra day means an extra payday on the calendar, shifting…

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Understanding Colorado’s New Equal Pay Act

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on November 7th, 2019

On May 22, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act into law. This new law has taken effect, and will greatly change payment practices and questions that can be asked during the hiring process for all employers. It will essentially work to end wage discrimination based on an employee’s gender…

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

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on October 14th, 2019

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 standard. As it stands, the Colorado statewide minimum wage is $11.20 per hour. It will increase to $12.00 per hour on Jan. 1, 2020. No city in Colorado has taken advantage…

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

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on September 26th, 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final federal 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. After that, an expected 1.3 million…

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

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on August 7th, 2019

In our current political climate, more and more power has been given to U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). The government ordered ICE agents to serve more Notices of Inspection (NOI) to businesses across the country to audit their Form I-9 records, and thousands have been served this year alone. An NOI initiates a government administrative…

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