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Remote Worker Bias – What Is It and How Can You Prevent It?

Posted by: Karen Booher on August 18th, 2021

There are both up-and-down sides of remote working. On the positive side, offering remote work options has enabled certain employees (i.e., working mothers) to be able to continue working during the pandemic when they may have had to quit or scale back to a part-time job due to increased personal responsibilities such as assisting with…

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Employers Planning Larger Pay Raises for 2022

Posted by: Karen Booher on August 17th, 2021

As U.S. employers recover from the economic fallout from the pandemic and face mounting challenges to attract and retain employees, they are planning to give employees larger raises next year. According to a recent survey of 1,220 companies by Willis Towers Watson, U.S. companies project average salary increases of 3.0% for executives, management and professional…

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A Deeper Dive Into Colorado’s Pay Transparency Laws (with 10 FAQ’s)

Posted by: Karen Booher on August 17th, 2021

In a December 2020 blog, we highlighted the general provisions of some of Colorado’s newest laws that have important implications for Colorado employers. One such law which went into effect on January 1, 2021, is the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (EPEWA). There are various pieces to this Act, but one component I’d like…

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10 Top Leadership Skills – How Do You Rate?

Posted by: Karen Booher on July 15th, 2021

Leadership is a universal skill that is more connected to people than it is to the role itself. And, as qualifications may come and go, the ability to lead well is consistently required for success in just about any career. From doctors to engineers to mechanics to office workers, leadership skills matter in just about…

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Post-Pandemic Workforce Challenges for Employers

Posted by: Karen Booher on July 15th, 2021

As if keeping your business afloat through the heart of the pandemic wasn’t difficult enough, employers now find themselves faced with other challenges relating to their workforce. As we all have encountered, finding good talent is not an easy task in this current market. To further add salt to our wounds, companies now are faced…

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Colorado Employers Can No Longer Maintain “Use-It-Or-Lose-It” Vacation Policies

Posted by: Karen Booher on July 13th, 2021

On June 14, 2021, the Colorado Supreme Court issued an impactful decision on vacation pay, ruling that an employer must pay an employee’s earned but unused vacation pay upon separation from employment. With this, any prior agreement or company policy that forfeits an employee’s rights to this vacation pay is void. The decision had been…

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Form I-9 Requirement for Covid Flexibility Extended until August 31, 2021

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 15th, 2021

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently announced a further extension of its interim policy that allows employers to inspect the Form I-9 requirement virtually through August 31, 2021. The most recent flexibility policy was set to expire on May 31, 2021. ICE first issued flexibility due to the pandemic in March 2020, with…

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4 Smart Hiring Strategies in Today’s Tight Candidate Market

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 15th, 2021

Colorado’s June 2021 unemployment rate of 6.4% is more than twice what it was prior to the pandemic – it was 2.6% in December 2019. Even so, companies in almost all industries today are really struggling to find workers. I have always loved statistics, as the numbers really do tell the story. This year, we…

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Should You (or Shouldn’t You) Rehire Former Employees?

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 14th, 2021

I laughed when I read a recent article in Glassdoor for Employers that compared rehiring former employees (“boomerang employees”) to ordering the same thing every time at your favorite restaurant. Why do you do it? In a nutshell – you know what you’re getting, and you know it’s (they’re) good. Especially in tight candidate markets…

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Are Your Job Postings Potential Targets for Age Discrimination Claims?

Posted by: Karen Booher on May 17th, 2021

It’s 1965. You’re middle-aged and looking for a job. Half of the help-wanted ads you see say there’s no need to apply if you’re age 55 or older. Many other postings — 25 percent, in fact — actually ban applications from anyone over age 45.  According to a Labor Department report produced in 1965, age…

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