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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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Pins For A Purpose 2020 – J. Kent Staffing’s Continued Support of Special Olympics Colorado

Posted by: Karen Booher on October 21st, 2020

Special Olympics Colorado – An Important Mission: 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…

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How to Develop Problem Solvers in Your Organization

Posted by: Karen Booher on September 22nd, 2020

Situation:  An employee tells you about a business problem they are experiencing, and asks for your advice on how to handle it. Your Response:  You give them your opinion and recommendation on what to do. Does this sound familiar? If so, then you are not effectively developing and nurturing Problem Solvers in your organization. So…

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UPDATE: Further Clarification on the Payroll Tax Deferral Executive Order of Aug. 8, 2020

Posted by: Karen Booher on September 20th, 2020

On Aug. 28, 2020, the IRS issued further guidance on the deferral of certain employee payroll taxes from President Trump’s Aug. 8, 2020 Executive Order (EO). IRS Notice 2020-65 clarifies certain items, but the EO is still subject to change and many questions remain unanswered. Under the EO, summarized in our August blog, employees earning…

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Important Heads-Up for Employers About the Payroll Tax Deferral Executive Order

Posted by: Karen Booher on August 19th, 2020

On August 8, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order relating in part to a payroll tax deferral for employees. This Executive Order aims to help relieve some of the immediate financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by allowing employees to take home more money. In essence, the Payroll Tax Deferral is an interest-free loan…

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