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

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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Denver’s Minimum Wage Could Increase to $13.80 Effective Jan. 1, 2020

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on October 14th, 2019

In 2019, through HB19-1210, the Colorado legislature gave local governments the power to set citywide minimum wages at a higher rate than the statewide standard. As it stands, the Colorado statewide minimum wage is $11.20 per hour. It will increase to $12.00 per hour on Jan. 1, 2020. No city in Colorado has taken advantage…

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Overtime Rule, Effective Jan. 1, 2020

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on September 26th, 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final federal ruling on overtime pay for companies operating in the U.S. These new thresholds account for growth in employee earnings since the current thresholds were set in 2004. The new ruling takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020. After that, an expected 1.3 million…

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Increased ICE Form I-9 Audits – Is Your Company Prepared?

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on August 7th, 2019

In our current political climate, more and more power has been given to U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). The government ordered ICE agents to serve more Notices of Inspection (NOI) to businesses across the country to audit their Form I-9 records, and thousands have been served this year alone. An NOI initiates a government administrative…

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Why Employees Are Leaving (And How to Retain Your Employees)

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on August 7th, 2019

It’s no secret that employees leave the companies they work for, whether they’ve been working there for three years or just two weeks. Finding ways to retain employees is always on employers’ minds, but a clear answer is rarely given. Employee turnover is a constant in the job market, and as of 2018 it’s at…

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Understanding Colorado’s New Ban-the-Box Law

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on August 7th, 2019

In May, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 19-1025. This makes Colorado the 12th state to implement a ban-the-box law. This law will take effect on September 1, 2019, for all employers with 11 or more employees, and on September 1, 2021, for all other employers, regardless of how many employees they have. Once…

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Event Season is in Full Swing in Denver and at J. Kent Staffing!

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on August 6th, 2019

We are currently in the heart of Denver’s busy event season, which typically runs from May through October of each year. J. Kent Staffing and its temporary employees love to keep busy with a variety of events – from sporting events to concerts, to fairs, to trade shows, and conventions. J. Kent’s Recruiters are constantly…

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