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Which Would You Choose… Hard Skills or Soft Skills?

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on April 17th, 2019

When it comes to hiring a new employee, in the absence of a “perfect” candidate, would you rather hire someone with: The right experience and qualifications, but lacking in soft skills, OR The soft skills that align with your corporate culture, but lacking experience or qualifications. According to a recent survey of more than 2,000…

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New Announcements from Corporate Retailers on Increases in Minimum Wages

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on April 15th, 2019

With unemployment at historic lows, retailers are under pressure to find qualified employees and have been raising pay to lure or keep hourly and part-time workers, resulting in the following minimum hourly wage increases: Target Corp – raising the minimum hourly wage for its employees from $12 to $13 an hour effective June 2019. This marks…

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J. Kent Staffing Wins ClearlyRated’s 2019 Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on March 19th, 2019

Earned by less than two percent of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada DENVER, COLORADO – MARCH 19, 2019 – J. Kent Staffing, a leading temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire staffing agency, specializing in administrative, accounting, human resources, and other professional job sectors, announced today that they have won ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing® Client and…

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No Job Opening, No Problem… Hiring the Best Without an Open Position

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on March 18th, 2019

Have you ever met with a great candidate, but didn’t have a current opening? Hiring Top Candidates Without a Job Opening In today’s continued tight candidate market, many companies are actively embracing a new strategy of stockpiling candidates. Hiring top candidates without a job opening are necessary to prevent a labor shortage. This approach generally…

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Bills for Colorado Employers to Watch this Legislative Session

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on February 12th, 2019

J. Kent Staffing is pleased to share this white paper authored by LaRona Mondt, Esq. and Wayne Pennebaker, Esq., corporate attorneys with Messner Reeves LLP. Messner Reeves is a Denver-based full-service business law firm. In this 2019 Legislative Session, Colorado legislators have introduced bills that would protect applicants’ and employees’ rights relating to equal pay…

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Minimum Wages on the Rise – January 2019 Update

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on January 8th, 2019

Colorado’s Minimum Wage – $11.10/hour Effective January 1, 2019, Colorado’s minimum wage has increased to $11.10/hour, a $.90/hour increase from $10.20 in 2018. Since the 2016 passage of Colorado $12 Minimum Wage Amendment (also known as Amendment 70), Colorado’s minimum wage has increased by 90 cents each year and will continue to do so until…

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Best Practices for Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on December 4th, 2018

J. Kent Staffing is pleased to share this white paper authored by LaRona Mondt, Esq. and Wayne Penebaker, Esq., corporate attorneys with Messner Reeves LLP. Messner Reeves is a Denver-based full-service business law firm. Under federal law, employers must prevent and correct instances of harassment in the workplace. Employers need to actively work at preventing…

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Voting Leave (Colorado Law) and Politics in the Workplace

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on October 30th, 2018

Fortunately, there are many options available today on how and when to vote (mail-in ballot is my personal favorite). But, as we all know, some people just like to head to the voting centers on Election Day and then proudly display their “I VOTED” sticker on their lapel. Employers can encourage – but not require…

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Consumer Data Privacy – Amendment to Colorado’s Law, Effective September 1, 2018

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on September 19th, 2018

J. Kent Staffing is pleased to share this white paper authored by LaRona Mondt, Esq., corporate attorney with Messner Reeves LLP.  Messner Reeves is a Denver-based full-service business law firm. Colorado recently amended its consumer data privacy law. Effective September 1, 2018, all businesses that collect personal identifying information of consumers in Colorado must implement…

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Job Postings & Descriptions – Are Yours ADEA Compliant?

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on July 17th, 2018

Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967 The ADEA, passed in 1967, prohibits discrimination in employment against individuals age 40 years and older. Today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) receives over 20,000 age discrimination charges per year, which accounts for more than 20 percent of all discrimination charges.  Although not as much in…

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