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DHS Extends Flexibility in Rules Related to Form I-9 Until Jan. 31, 2021

Posted by: Karen Booher on January 13th, 2021

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced on Dec. 23, 2020, that they are extending the flexibilities in rules related to Form I-9 compliance that was granted on Mar. 19, 2020, because of ongoing precautions related to Covid-19. Employers will now have until Jan. 31, 2021, to…

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Remote Workers – Important Things Employers Need to Know to Be Compliant

Posted by: Karen Booher on January 12th, 2021

When Stay-At-Home orders first hit in March 2020, many Colorado employers found themselves scrambling to get their office-based employees set up to work from their homes. Most of us never imagined last March that we would still be in a similar situation in January 2021. Since the remote work phenomena may be here to stay,…

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9 Things Great Bosses Say on a Regular Basis

Posted by: Karen Booher on January 12th, 2021

One of the things that makes a boss a great boss is excellent communication with their employees. Kevin Sheridan, an internationally recognized keynote speaker and New York Times best-selling author, surveyed over 250,000 CHROs and management executives and found that these 9 questions were asked regularly by the best bosses. Simply stated, it’s referred to…

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13 Interesting Facts – Some Even Hitting the Record Books – About Colorado

Posted by: Karen Booher on December 16th, 2020

Few can deny Colorado’s distinctive allure – from its beautiful mountain vistas to modern urban areas. Even without stepping outside of our state’s boundaries, there is so much history and beauty to explore! Here are 13 interesting facts – some even hitting the record books – about Colorado. Not to mention some great ideas for…

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Half of States Raising Minimum Wage in 2021, Including a Big Jump for Denver

Posted by: Karen Booher on December 15th, 2020

It’s almost the end of yet another year and, once again, that means an increase in the minimum wage in many states. Exactly half of the states (including our neighbors – Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska, and Kansas) will not have any increase in their state minimum wage in 2021, but Colorado is on the list of…

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Important Reminders About 3 Laws Affecting Colorado Employers in 2021

Posted by: Karen Booher on December 15th, 2020

Throughout 2020, there were many new laws passed affecting employers, both statewide and federally. Some of the Colorado Acts become effective Jan. 1, 2021. A federal Act, in response to the pandemic, expires at the end of 2020. Here’s a recap and reminder of some important pieces of legislation affecting Coloradoans now. Paid Sick Leave…

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Colorado Voters Approve Paid Medical and Family Leave – What Does It Mean for Your Company?

Posted by: Karen Booher on November 18th, 2020

On Election Day 2020, Colorado voters approved the Paid Medical and Family Leave (PMFL) initiative – Proposition 118. PMFL creates a state-run paid family and medical leave insurance program that provides most Colorado employees with up to 12 weeks of partial pay and job security for various family and medical-related absences from work. An additional…

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The Effect of the Pandemic on Women in the Workplace – It’s Time to Take Notice!

Posted by: Karen Booher on November 18th, 2020

Over the past decade, U.S. companies have made slow yet measurable progress in the representation of women in leadership in corporate America. However, one of the largest studies of Women in the Workplace performed recently by McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.org shows that 1 in 4 women are now considering leaving the workforce or downshifting…

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Equal Pay for Equal Work Act – New Colorado Law Effective Jan. 1, 2021

Posted by: Karen Booher on October 22nd, 2020

Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (EPEWA) goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2021. The new law applies to all employers in the state and has provisions on pay equity, pay history, and pay transparency. New Employer Requirements and Prohibitions Employers cannot seek the wage rate history of job applicants or rely on a…

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The Best Interview Questions When Hiring for a Remote Position

Posted by: Karen Booher on October 22nd, 2020

Hiring is challenging enough, but there are added complexities when hiring for virtual or work-from-home positions. Even with the best monitoring systems and quotas to ensure productivity and accountability, a manager who doesn’t see their employees everyday needs to be able to trust that their remote employees are working hard. I recently read an article…

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