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2020 Legislative Session – Issues Impacting Colorado Employers

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on February 6th, 2020

The Colorado General Assembly convened for the 2020 Legislative Session on Jan. 8, 2020. The General Assembly consists of 100 members – 35 Senators and 65 Representatives; 61 Democrats and 39 Republicans. Until May 6, 2020, the legislature will debate close to 500 bills that members have put forth thus far, which include several key…

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Updated Form I-9 – Required for Use by Employers May 1, 2020

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on February 4th, 2020

Once again, the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated the Form I-9. The revised form was released on Jan. 31, 2020. Along with the new form, USCIS released a revised handbook for employers on the new form. Although this new Form I-9 has already been released, employers are not required to switch…

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Growing Commutes Lead to Stressed Out Workers

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on January 28th, 2020

Those of us in the Denver area are well aware of why this is a great place to live. The area offers many great attractions. There’s the beautiful climate, from snow one day to sunny skies the next, and the amazing landscape of the Rocky Mountains. In short, Denver has everything a thriving city does,…

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Form W-4 Gets a Makeover: Understanding the New Form

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on January 14th, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service has released an updated Form W-4, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2020. The IRS  redesigned the W-4 Form in response to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The TCJA changed the way taxable income is calculated…

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Employers’ Obligations in the ADA Interactive Process

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on January 7th, 2020

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) aims to create an interactive process between employees and employers. This process is designed to occur with each new employee who qualifies under the act. The employer and employee will work together in this process to assess whether the employee’s disability can be reasonably accommodated. This process must begin…

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Top HR Challenges for 2020

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on January 2nd, 2020

As we all welcome in a new year and decade, our HR departments are finding themselves still tasked with many of the same challenges that have carried over from recent years. For insight into what these primary HR challenges are that businesses are facing in 2020, XpertHR surveyed over 700 human resource professionals. The results…

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Denver’s Minimum Wage Increasing to $12.85 Effective Jan. 1, 2020

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on December 10th, 2019

On Jan. 1, 2020, Colorado’s minimum wage will increase from $11.10 per hour to $12.00 per hour. Denver’s minimum wage, however, will increase to $12.85 per hour – 7% higher than the rest of Colorado. This increase in Denver’s rate is the result of a bill passed by the Colorado legislature this year giving cities…

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Getting New Employees Off To A Positive Start

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on December 5th, 2019

The most vulnerable time for a new employee is their first week on the job. This is when they’re getting acquainted with office culture and their new role. This is also the time when their impression of you and your company will be set in their minds. This impression will affect employee morale, performance, and…

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Colorado’s Proposed Overtime Laws for July 2020

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on December 3rd, 2019

On Nov. 18, 2019, Governor Jared Polis proposed a bill that would increase – beyond federal statutes – the standard salary level requiring overtime pay in Colorado. These laws would see hundreds of thousands more Colorado workers qualifying for overtime. If enacted, the bill would go even further than the federal overtime law changes set…

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Keys to Holding a Successful (and Safe) Holiday Party

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on November 27th, 2019

It’s that time of year again, time for the company holiday party. This event can do wonders to improve employee morale. It can also become a fond memory to boost employee retention. But there’s also a potential downside to these parties — companies being liable for what happens at them. Holding a successful holiday party…

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