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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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What the CDC’s Latest Guidance Means For Employers and for Fully Vaccinated Employees in their Workplace

Posted by: Karen Booher on May 17th, 2021

Subject to applicable state and local mandates, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued revised guidance that essentially allows fully vaccinated individuals to resume their pre-pandemic lifestyle. But, the CDC also stated that individuals “will still need to follow the guidance at your workplace”. This is a dynamic topic and new…

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Incorporating Behavioral Questions For More Effective Interviews

Posted by: Karen Booher on May 14th, 2021

There are many different interviewing styles and techniques. One technique that requires a more thoughtful response from candidates is incorporating the use of behavioral questions. What are Behavioral Interview Questions? Behavioral interview questions seek to predict a candidate’s suitability for a role based on their behavior in past jobs. By finding out more about how…

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15 Fun and Interesting Denver Trivia Facts

Posted by: Karen Booher on April 20th, 2021

Denver has so much to offer, including a deep and colorful history. Here are 15 fun facts that are interesting pieces of Denver trivia for all proud Denverites to know: 1.  The Cheeseburger was trademarked in Denver. Louis Ballast, who operated the Humpty Dumpty Barrel Drive-In in Denver at 2776 North Speer Boulevard (now a…

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Do You Have “A” Players Working For You?

Posted by: Karen Booher on April 19th, 2021

Every company wants to have “A” players on their team. What percentage of your company’s employees are in this category? More importantly, what percentage of your managers are in this category? Here is a great list of qualities and traits compiled by David DeWolf found in “A” Players (or in those who are on their…

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Administrative Professionals Day – Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Posted by: Karen Booher on April 19th, 2021

Thank you to all of J. Kent Staffing’s administrative professionals! Since 1979, one of our core competencies has been placing administrative professionals in temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire job opportunities. We recognize the significant contributions of these individuals in ensuring Denver’s offices run smoothly every day. Ask any successful executive and they will certainly agree…

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2 Important HR Metrics to Track – Turnover & Retention Rates

Posted by: Karen Booher on March 25th, 2021

In terms of HR metrics, it’s important for every company to track and know both the good news (retention) and the bad news (turnover) in your organization. If you are not tracking these basic HR metrics (whether it be monthly, quarterly, or annually), then it would be good for you to start doing so. It’s…

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