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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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Employee PTO Banks are Overflowing – It’s Time to Keep it in Check

Posted by: Karen Booher on August 18th, 2020

One of the unique challenges the pandemic is creating for employers is the build-up of employee PTO or vacation days. The causes are obvious. Travel bans and travel disruptions were a primary cause of fewer time-off requests this year. Not everyone is a fan of the “staycation”; some figure if they are going to have…

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6 Body Language Tips for Mastering Video Interviews

Posted by: Karen Booher on August 15th, 2020

Zoom and other video platforms have become a part of our everyday lives in recent months. And, while we may have mastered turning our video and audio on, we still need to be aware of the virtual impression that we make with our body language. This holds true whether you are the interviewer or the…

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OSHA Publishes FAQs on Keeping Workers Safe from the Spread of COVID-19

Posted by: Karen Booher on July 13th, 2020

On Jul. 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a page of FAQs regarding the spread of COVID-19 and how to best keep workers safe from infection. OSHA developed these FAQs from inquiries from the public. The questions cover 13 different topics, including Personal Protective Equipment and Return…

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Top Skill Sets in Demand for Entry-Level Roles Include Many Soft Skills

Posted by: Karen Booher on July 5th, 2020

New college grads are facing a tough job market, and one that has changed tremendously since the COVID-19 crisis began. In addition to the obvious hard qualifications, employers are seeking entry-level candidates who are also well-equipped with an array of soft skills. What are Hard and Soft Skills? Hard skills are typically related to specific…

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