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Mandatory Retirement Program for Colorado Employers

Posted by: Karen Booher on January 15th, 2023

Colorado has implemented a mandatory retirement program, Colorado SecureSavings, for all eligible employers that do not offer a retirement plan to their employees. Companies are eligible to participate in the program if the business: is registered to conduct business in the state of Colorado has at least five W-2 employees who have worked for them…

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Colorado Expands PHE Leave to Include Absences Relating to RSV, Flu, and Other Respiratory Illnesses

Posted by: Karen Booher on December 12th, 2022

On November 11, 2022, Colorado’s public health emergency for COVID-19 was amended to cover not only COVID-19, but also RSV, influenza, and “other respiratory illnesses”. This means that all Colorado employers must provide up to 80 hours – prorated based on the employees’ scheduled hours – of paid public health emergency (PHE) leave for absences…

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Minimum Wage Updates – Denver Increases to $17.29 Per Hour on Jan. 1, 2023

Posted by: Karen Booher on December 6th, 2022

At the end of each year, we share information on what is happening with minimum wages locally, around the country, and also at our company – J. Kent Staffing. Denver and Colorado’s 2023 Minimum Wage – $17.29 and $13.65 Per Hour, Respectively The minimum wage for employees (not including tipped employees) in Denver will be…

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J. Kent Staffing Enjoys Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 2022 Gala

Posted by: Karen Booher on November 14th, 2022

Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GDSF) held its annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Their annual gala is the largest fundraiser for Down Syndrome in the world, raising $24 million over 13 years for life-changing and life-saving research, medical care, education, and advocacy. As…

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CDLE Releases Form for Required Notice to Separating Employees About Possible Unemployment Benefits

Posted by: Karen Booher on November 10th, 2022

In July, we wrote a blog regarding the recent passing of Senate Bill 22-234, requiring Colorado employers to provide notice to separating employees regarding unemployment benefits that may be available to them. Specifically, Section 8-74-101(4) of the Colorado Revised Statutes provides that at the time of separation, employers must provide each employee, in hard copy…

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Colorado Employers – Are You Ready for FAMLI Starting Jan. 1, 2023?

Posted by: Karen Booher on October 18th, 2022

In November 2020, Colorado voters approved Proposition 118, paving the way for a state-run Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program. FAMLI will ensure Colorado workers have access to paid leave during certain life events. It is a social insurance program with both employers and employees contributing to the fund starting Jan. 1, 2023,…

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Study Shows 100% Increase in Political Affiliation Bias since 2019

Posted by: Karen Booher on October 18th, 2022

In 2022, nearly a quarter (24%) of U.S. workers have personally experienced political affiliation bias, including preferential treatment or undue negative treatment on the basis of their political positions or opinions, according to the Society of Human Resources Management’s (SHRM’s) 2022 Politics at Work Study, which surveyed 504 workers in late August. This compares to…

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Spotting Suicidal Behaviors in the Workplace

Posted by: Karen Booher on September 21st, 2022

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. It is an effort to destigmatize suicide, educate the public on the importance of mental health care, and provide prevention resources to those who need them. A recent article from SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management), “How to Spot Suicidal Behaviors in the Workplace”, speaks to employers on…

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27% Increase in Boomerang Hiring since 2019

Posted by: Karen Booher on September 21st, 2022

Companies often have a definitive opinion and stance on the topic of “Boomerang Employees”. However, in contrast to decades past, more and more firms today are happy – or at least much less reluctant – to take back their old employees. The continued challenge of finding good employees certainly is a contributing factor to the…

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