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


The Future of the Workplace After Stay-at-Home Orders End

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on May 8th, 2020

As we transition from stay-at-home orders to safer-at-home, employees will gradually start returning to the office. However, new guidelines may prohibit all employees from being able to return at once. Some companies may choose to stagger daily shift times. Others may end up having 50% of employees report 2 days/week and the other 50% the…

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A Time To Be Grateful

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on April 22nd, 2020

When our last J. Kent Report for Employers was sent on Mar. 25, 2020, we were in the beginning stages of what is now being referred to as the “new normal”. It has been just over a month since our office, and many others, have shifted completely to working remotely. It has been a major…

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Celebrating Administrative Professionals Day – Apr. 22, 2020

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on April 22nd, 2020

Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2020, is Administrative Professionals Day – a day dedicated to celebrating the hard work and significant contributions of all levels of administrative staff. Ask any accomplished business executive or department manager and they’ll tell you the same thing: Their executive and administrative assistants are instrumental in ensuring their office is organized and…

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Can you Ban Political Discussions in Your Workplace? (Yes, but Carefully!)

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on April 14th, 2020

With the upcoming presidential election, employers need to establish a clear policy on discussing politics at work. Employees’ freedom of speech rights in the workplace is restricted by the impact of said speech. In other words, if the speech poses a problem for the workplace, it can be banned by the employer. Speech poses a…

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What You Can and Can’t Ask of Your Employees During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on April 13th, 2020

During this pandemic, both employers and employees are figuring out how to navigate their newfound relationship. Both parties are attempting to determine what their rights are in light of this unprecedented situation. To aid you in learning how to communicate with your employees and what you can request of them during this time, we’ve outlined…

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J. Kent Staffing Earns 2nd Consecutive Year of Best of Staffing Awards

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on April 9th, 2020

Each year, ClearlyRated judges staffing agencies across the country and awards only the top agencies with Best of Staffing Awards. There are two awards – Best of Staffing regarding client satisfaction and Best of Staffing regarding candidate/talent satisfaction. For the second year in a row, J. Kent Staffing has won both ClearlyRated Best of Staffing Awards…

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Understanding The Families First Coronavirus Response Act & Its Impact on Employers

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on March 23rd, 2020

On Mar. 18, 2020 President Donald Trump signed into law House Bill 6201: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201). This legislation is a relief package designed to aid U.S. citizens during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. H.R. 6201 includes two complementary but distinct emergency paid leave provisions, generally applicable to employers with fewer than 500…

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How to Successfully Manage a Remote Workforce

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on March 19th, 2020

Remote working is not a new phenomenon. Although more and more companies have had remote workers in place in recent times, COVID-19 has forced the issue on others, and to a much further extent for those who were already practicing this in the workplace. As more states and cities issue stay at home orders, many…

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Workplace Preparations to Take for COVID-19

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on March 12th, 2020

Each day COVID-19, the official name for the coronavirus issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), grows. Globally, as of March 10, 2020, nearly 110,000 cases have been identified. Of these cases, over 3,800 have resulted in death. While countries in Asia have been hit the hardest, the virus has spread to over 100 countries…

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Service Animals vs. Emotional Support Animals in the Workplace – ADA Guidelines

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on February 27th, 2020

People seem to be bringing animals everywhere these days. From attempting to board a plane with a peacock to walking into stores with untrained dogs, pets are everywhere. But what happens when one of your employees requests to bring an animal into the office to aid with their disability or emotional well-being? The law does…

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