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

Spotting Suicidal Behaviors in the Workplace

Posted by: Karen Booher on September 21st, 2022

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. It is an effort to destigmatize suicide, educate the public on the importance of mental health care, and provide prevention resources to those who need them. A recent article from SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management), “How to Spot Suicidal Behaviors in the Workplace”, speaks to employers on…

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Common Employer Mistakes in Handling I-9 Forms

Posted by: Karen Booher on September 21st, 2022

Violations assessed to employers for incorrect I-9 Forms can be very costly. Thanks to SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) for their recent article, compiling a list from various attorneys of common I-9 mistakes. From Mira Mdivani, an immigration attorney in Overland Park, KS – her “Top Ten I-9 Mistakes” Not understanding the difference…

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27% Increase in Boomerang Hiring since 2019

Posted by: Karen Booher on September 21st, 2022

Companies often have a definitive opinion and stance on the topic of “Boomerang Employees”. However, in contrast to decades past, more and more firms today are happy – or at least much less reluctant – to take back their old employees. The continued challenge of finding good employees certainly is a contributing factor to the…

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Unlimited PTO – the Pros & the Cons

Posted by: Karen Booher on August 17th, 2022

If you are looking for an enticing benefit to attract talent, unlimited paid time off (PTO) is certainly one offering that tops the list. It’s a progressive policy that allows employees to take as many days off work as they need to or want to. It’s a concept that is both intriguing and terrifying to…

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Updated CDC Guidance as of Aug. 11, 2022 for COVID-19 Quarantining and Isolation

Posted by: Karen Booher on August 15th, 2022

What can’t be denied is that COVID-19 continues to have a daily impact on our companies and our employees. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to work on updating and refining their guidance to help people better understand their risk, how to protect themselves and others, what actions to take if…

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Colorado Updates Notice Requirements for Employees at Termination

Posted by: Karen Booher on July 19th, 2022

In the 2022 legislative session, Colorado enacted a new piece of legislation, Senate Bill 22-234. Section 5 of this Bill updates the notice requirements regarding unemployment insurance that employers must provide to employees upon their discharge. Under pre-existing Colorado law, employers in the state are required to provide a notice to employees at separation of…

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Still Have Remote Workers? Things to Know to Stay in Compliance

Posted by: Karen Booher on July 18th, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic forced most companies to shift gears and allow their employees to work remotely for a period of time. Some companies have since had their employees return to work, but many are still allowing either fully remote, or hybrid, work to take place. It’s important for employers to know that many employment laws…

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Remote and Hybrid Jobs Attracting 7x More Applicants

Posted by: Lauren Brown on June 20th, 2022

The world is slowly emerging from – or at least getting used to – a 2+ year pandemic that has disrupted almost every facet of our lives. Some people want to quickly return to the way things were, but many are pushing for a post-pandemic “new normal”. But, what does a “new normal” mean for…

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IRS Mileage Rate Increasing Starting July 1, 2022

Posted by: Lauren Brown on June 20th, 2022

With the recent and very impactful spike in gas prices, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on June 9th an upcoming increase in the optional standard mileage rate for business use of employees’ vehicles. The rate will increase by 4 cents, from 58.5 to 62.5 cents per mile, and will be effective July 1st through…

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