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Get it Right! When is Work-Related Travel Time Compensable for Hourly Paid Employees?

Posted by: Karen Booher on March 12th, 2024

Does your company know all the rules relating to compensating employees for work-related travel time for your hourly paid employees? These also apply to a temporary/contract employee assigned to your company from a staffing agency. Home-to-Work Travel An employee who travels from home before the regular workday and returns to their home at the end…

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Updated CDC Guidelines for COVID-19 Isolation as of Mar. 1, 2024

Posted by: Karen Booher on March 11th, 2024

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has dropped its five-day COVID-19 isolation recommendations under a new guidance, instead suggesting that people return to normal activities if symptoms improve and they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without needing medicines. The last time the CDC updated their guidelines was December 2021, when…

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A Quick Guide to Workers’ Compensation (and What Is and Isn’t Covered)

Posted by: Karen Booher on March 4th, 2024

Many employers don’t know the ins and outs of workers’ compensation. What’s covered? What’s not covered? The following information, provided by Pinnacol Assurance, helps explain some of the basics. What is Workers’ Compensation? Workers’ compensation (often referred to as workers’ comp or workman’s comp) is a type of business insurance and a Colorado state-mandated employer-held…

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Corporate Transparency Act – What Every Small Business Needs To Know

Posted by: Karen Booher on February 4th, 2024

Beginning January 1, 2024, under the Colorado Transparency Act (CTA), businesses that meet certain criteria will be required to submit a Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) Report to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), which will include information about the individuals who ultimately own or control the company. Congress enacted the Corporate…

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W-2 or 1099? Independent Contractor Final Rule to Become Effective March 11, 2024

Posted by: Karen Booher on February 3rd, 2024

On Jan. 9, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released its final rule on worker classification, “Employee or Independent Contractor Classification Under the Fair Labor Standards Act”. The final rule, officially published on Jan. 10, will become effective on March 11, 2024 – 60 days after it is published in…

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Employers: Start Preparing for a Possible Significant Increase in Wages to Qualify for Overtime Exemption

Posted by: Karen Booher on January 9th, 2024

Last September’s proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) seeks to increase the minimum salary level from $684 per week ($35,568 annual salary, or $17.10 hourly for full-time employees) to $1,059 per week ($55,068 annual salary, or $26.48 hourly). Currently, to qualify for an exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay, employees “generally…

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More on FAMLI – Who Pays the Employee (and How Much) and Any Company-Sponsored Health Insurance Benefits?

Posted by: Karen Booher on January 7th, 2024

Colorado’s Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program (FAMLI) is in full swing. Both employers and employees started contributing to the program in 2023, and employees can now apply for and take FAMLI Leave, if eligible. There’s a lot for Colorado employers to know about FAMLI and how it works. In last month’s blog, we touched…

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