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Women Now Make Up the Majority of the U.S. Labor Force

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on February 26th, 2020

Women have replaced men as the majority of jobholders in the U.S. labor force. According to data from the Labor Department, women held 50.04% of nonfarm payroll positions in December 2019. This is the highest share women have held since 2010. The Roles Women are Increasingly Filling To reach this percentage in the labor force,…

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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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Common Interview Questions and How to Navigate Them

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on December 12th, 2019

Now that your resume has caught an employer’s attention and gained you a foot in the door, it’s time to prepare for your upcoming interview. You need to always prepare for interviews, with questions rehearsed and practiced until you’re positive of your answers to them. Of course, this is easier said than done, especially since…

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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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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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Successfully Returning to Work After a Gap in Employment

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on November 22nd, 2019

It’s becoming more common for employees to return to work to the workforce after employment gaps. Whether these lapses are due to starting or raising a family, going to school, taking care of a loved one, or even an early retirement that didn’t pan out, you can explain them to potential employers. Therefore, these gaps…

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How to Ask for a Raise – and Receive it

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on November 19th, 2019

It’s no secret that every employee wants to earn more money. But starting the conversation with your boss to get a raise can be a daunting task. Saying the wrong thing or making even the smallest of missteps can set you back. This setback may not only impact your chances of getting a raise now…

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Understanding Colorado’s New Equal Pay Act

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on November 7th, 2019

On May 22, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act into law. This new law has taken effect, and will greatly change payment practices and questions that can be asked during the hiring process for all employers. It will essentially work to end wage discrimination based on an employee’s gender…

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Denver’s Minimum Wage Could Increase to $13.80 Effective Jan. 1, 2020

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on October 14th, 2019

In 2019, through HB19-1210, the Colorado legislature gave local governments the power to set citywide minimum wages at a higher rate than the statewide standard. As it stands, the Colorado statewide minimum wage is $11.20 per hour. It will increase to $12.00 per hour on Jan. 1, 2020. No city in Colorado has taken advantage…

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Event Season is in Full Swing in Denver and at J. Kent Staffing!

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on August 6th, 2019

We are currently in the heart of Denver’s busy event season, which typically runs from May through October of each year. J. Kent Staffing and its temporary employees love to keep busy with a variety of events – from sporting events to concerts, to fairs, to trade shows, and conventions. J. Kent’s Recruiters are constantly…

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