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Denver’s Minimum Wage Increasing to $12.85 Effective Jan. 1, 2020

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on December 10th, 2019

On Jan. 1, 2020, Colorado’s minimum wage will increase from $11.10 per hour to $12.00 per hour. Denver’s minimum wage, however, will increase to $12.85 per hour – 7% higher than the rest of Colorado. This increase in Denver’s rate is the result of a bill passed by the Colorado legislature this year giving cities…

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Getting New Employees Off To A Positive Start

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on December 5th, 2019

The most vulnerable time for a new employee is their first week on the job. This is when they’re getting acquainted with office culture and their new role. This is also the time when their impression of you and your company will be set in their minds. This impression will affect employee morale, performance, and…

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Colorado’s Proposed Overtime Laws for July 2020

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on December 3rd, 2019

On Nov. 18, 2019, Governor Jared Polis proposed a bill that would increase – beyond federal statutes – the standard salary level requiring overtime pay in Colorado. These laws would see hundreds of thousands more Colorado workers qualifying for overtime. If enacted, the bill would go even further than the federal overtime law changes set…

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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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