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Half of States Raising Minimum Wage in 2021, Including a Big Jump for Denver

Posted by: Karen Booher on December 15th, 2020

It’s almost the end of yet another year and, once again, that means an increase in the minimum wage in many states. Exactly half of the states (including our neighbors – Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska, and Kansas) will not have any increase in their state minimum wage in 2021, but Colorado is on the list of…

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The Effect of the Pandemic on Women in the Workplace – It’s Time to Take Notice!

Posted by: Karen Booher on November 18th, 2020

Over the past decade, U.S. companies have made slow yet measurable progress in the representation of women in leadership in corporate America. However, one of the largest studies of Women in the Workplace performed recently by McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.org shows that 1 in 4 women are now considering leaving the workforce or downshifting…

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Equal Pay for Equal Work Act – New Colorado Law Effective Jan. 1, 2021

Posted by: Karen Booher on October 22nd, 2020

Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (EPEWA) goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2021. The new law applies to all employers in the state and has provisions on pay equity, pay history, and pay transparency. New Employer Requirements and Prohibitions Employers cannot seek the wage rate history of job applicants or rely on a…

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Pins For A Purpose 2020 – J. Kent Staffing’s Continued Support of Special Olympics Colorado

Posted by: Karen Booher on October 21st, 2020

Special Olympics Colorado – An Important Mission: According to specialolympicsco.org, “The mission of Special Olympics Colorado is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of…

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6 Body Language Tips for Mastering Video Interviews

Posted by: Karen Booher on August 15th, 2020

Zoom and other video platforms have become a part of our everyday lives in recent months. And, while we may have mastered turning our video and audio on, we still need to be aware of the virtual impression that we make with our body language. This holds true whether you are the interviewer or the…

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OSHA Publishes FAQs on Keeping Workers Safe from the Spread of COVID-19

Posted by: Karen Booher on July 13th, 2020

On Jul. 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a page of FAQs regarding the spread of COVID-19 and how to best keep workers safe from infection. OSHA developed these FAQs from inquiries from the public. The questions cover 13 different topics, including Personal Protective Equipment and Return…

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Top Skill Sets in Demand for Entry-Level Roles Include Many Soft Skills

Posted by: Karen Booher on July 5th, 2020

New college grads are facing a tough job market, and one that has changed tremendously since the COVID-19 crisis began. In addition to the obvious hard qualifications, employers are seeking entry-level candidates who are also well-equipped with an array of soft skills. What are Hard and Soft Skills? Hard skills are typically related to specific…

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U.S. DOL Releases Online Tool to Help Employees Determine Paid Sick Leave Eligibility Due to Coronavirus

Posted by: Karen Booher on July 5th, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor recently launched an interactive online tool for employees to help them determine their eligibility for sick leave due to coronavirus. The tool guides the employee through a series of questions to learn if the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) apply to their employer. If…

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New Colorado Law Mandating Paid Sick Leave to Take Effect Jan. 1, 2021

Posted by: Karen Booher on July 5th, 2020

On June 16, 2020, the Colorado State Legislature passed the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act, mandating that Colorado companies provide paid sick leave in Colorado. This Act becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2021 for employers with 16 or more employees. For employers with 15 or fewer employees, the Act takes effect on Jan. 1, 2022.…

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