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Employees Using Their Paid Time Off Benefits Everyone

  • 7/8/19 |
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Employees Using Their Paid Time Off Benefits Everyone
A growing trend shows employees are taking fewer and fewer vacation days, with many not using the allocated paid time off their employer’s offer them. While this may not seem like a problem, research shows that not taking time off leads to a decrease in productivity, efficiency, and amount of work completed. Why Employees Aren’t Taking Time Off: Recent surveys indicate that workers aren’t taking their allotted vacation time off because they’re worried their manager won’t approve their vacation time when they present it to them or they’re worried t …

When Employer Dress Codes Discriminate Against Men

  • 7/5/19 |
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When Employer Dress Codes Discriminate Against Men
Many employers may think of schools when the term “dress code discrimination” comes to mind, as most of the popular stories in the news these days revolve around students – disproportionately female students – being reprimanded for not following strict, discriminatory dress codes. But workplace dress codes can be just as discriminatory, and can have a similar impact of disproportionately affecting marginalized communities. However, your company’s dress code may also be affecting non-marginalized communities, or simply one specific non-marginalized community &nd …

Two Perks That Your Employees Want the Most

  • 6/18/19 |
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Two Perks That Your Employees Want the Most
Over the past decade we have been witnessing a shift away from the traditional 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM workspaces. Technology has helped pave the way for this, but the increasing need to both attract and retain top talent requires companies to consider changing their ways in terms of offering both flexible schedules and remote work options. An Accountemps poll found that 52% of employees thought flexible schedules were the best perk a company could offer, and 27% thought that early leave on Fridays was the best. The desire for work-life balance is strong with employees, especially with …

Common Overtime Mistakes Employers Want To Avoid

  • 5/21/19 |
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Common Overtime Mistakes Employers Want To Avoid
The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting both full-time and part-time workers. The Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) of the Department of Labor (“DOL”) administers and enforces the FLSA. Your company can be surprised with an audit by the WHD of the DOL at any time. Audits can occur for any of the following reasons (and the assigned investigator is not required to disclose the reason for the audit): Random selection Triggered by a complaint to the DOL by an e …

Pins For A Purpose - J. Kent Staffing Supports Special Olympics Colorado

  • 5/19/19 |
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Pins For A Purpose - J. Kent Staffing Supports Special Olympics Colorado
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 gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.” On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, J. Kent Staffing participated in the annual “Pins For A Purpose” even …

Which Would You Choose... Hard Skills or Soft Skills?

  • 4/17/19 |
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Which Would You Choose... Hard Skills or Soft Skills?
When it comes to hiring a new employee, in the absence of a “perfect” candidate, would you rather hire someone with:      1) The right experience and qualifications, but lacking in soft skills, OR      2) The soft skills that align with your corporate culture, but lacking experience and qualifications According to a recent survey of more than 2,000 professionals conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Yoh, a leading international talent and outsourcing company and part of Day and Zimmermann, three out of four Americans would choose #2 …

New Announcements from Corporate Retailers on Increases in Minimum Wages

  • 4/15/19 |
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New Announcements from Corporate Retailers on Increases in Minimum Wages
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 the 3rd time in less than two years that the retailer has increased its minimum wage. Target plans to raise its hourly wages for workers to $15 in 2020. Amazon – last autumn announced a minimum hourly wage of $15 for its U.S. e …

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

  • 3/19/19 |
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J. Kent Staffing Wins ClearlyRated's 2019 Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards
  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 Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and placed talent. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing winners have …

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

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No Job Opening, No Problem... Hiring the Best Without an Open Position
Have you ever stumbled across or met with a great candidate for your company, but didn’t hire them because you didn’t have a current opening? In today’s continued tight candidate market, many companies are actively embracing a new strategy of stockpiling those core, talented candidates who are hard to find when they need them. This approach generally applies to specialized or higher skilled candidates in fields such as in information technology, social media, engineering, and accounting – where worker shortages have led to prolonged searches and lost revenue. …

Bills for Colorado Employers to Watch this Legislative Session

  • 2/12/19 |
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Bills for Colorado Employers to Watch this Legislative Session
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. In this 2019 Legislative Session, Colorado legislators have introduced bills that would protect applicants’ and employees’ rights relating to equal pay and criminal history inquiries. If these bills are passed, the new laws could impact employers’ operations. Equal Pay For Equal Work Act | SB19-085 SB 19-085 was introduced on January …

Minimum Wages on the Rise - January 2019 Update

  • 1/8/19 |
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Minimum Wages on the Rise - January 2019 Update
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 The 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 it reaches $12.00/hour in January, 2020. Nearly Half of the U.S. to See an Increase in Statewide Minimum Wage in 2019 On January 1, 2019, 19 states will be raising their minimum wage, with another 3 states and the Di …

Best Practices for Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

  • 12/4/18 |
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Best Practices for Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
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 have a duty to prevent and correct instances of harassment in the workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has provided guidance for employers on best practices for preventing and addressing sexual harassment. EEOC Core Principles: The EEOC identified core principles which have proven effective for addressing ha …

Voting Leave (Colorado Law) and Politics in the Workplace

  • 10/30/18 |
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Voting Leave (Colorado Law) and Politics in the Workplace
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 - employees to vote using a certain method, but they can mandate the hours the employee takes off to minimize the disruption to the workplace. So, for those employees who prefer to vote in person on Election Day, it’s important for Colorado employers to know the la …

Consumer Data Privacy - Amendment to Colorado's Law, Effective September 1, 2018

  • 9/19/18 |
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Consumer Data Privacy - Amendment to Colorado's Law, Effective September 1, 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 security procedures for the protection of consumers’ data, dispose of unneeded data, and provide notice of data breaches to consumers. Data Security Procedures Employers must implement and ma …

Job Postings & Descriptions - Are Yours ADEA Compliant?

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Job Postings & Descriptions - Are Yours ADEA Compliant?
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 the spotlight as sexual harassment and racism, age discrimination is more prevalent than people think, and cases are on the rise. Some notable recent cases related to hiring and interviewing practices: In 20 …

What Is Your Company's Minimum Wage?

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What Is Your Company's Minimum Wage?
State & Locale Minimum Wages on the Rise News articles and reports of minimum wage increases are a frequent occurence today. Some of the most notable are Seattle, with a current minimum wage of $15.00 per hour, and San Francisco's will increase to the same effective July 1, 2018. Here in Colorado, with the 2016 passage of The Colorado $12 Minimum Wage Amendment (also known as Amendment 70) Colorado's minimum wage, currently $10.20 per hour, was increased to $9.30 per hour as of January 1, 2017, and is increased annually by $0.90 until it reaches $12.00 per hour in January, 2 …

Starting Salaries on the Rise for New Bachelor Degrees

  • 5/23/18 |
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Starting Salaries on the Rise for New Bachelor Degrees
Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Starting Salaries on the Rise for New Bachelor Degrees As Denver Recruiters, J. Kent Staffing has a strong niche of placing new grads into professional jobs. Good timing is certainly on their side with the favorable hiring climate and unemployment numbers at record lows, making it difficult for companies to find available talent. Many of us remember the very opposite in 2009, when eager grads with normally very marketable degrees found themselves moving back in with mom and dad and working a restaurant job just to make ends meet. I also rem …

Don't Forget About the "I" in D&I

  • 4/19/18 |
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Don't Forget About the "I" in D&I
  D&I = Diversity & Inclusion Most companies today understand both the benefits and importance of recruiting and hiring a diverse workforce that includes a range of ages, ethnicities, religions, social classes, physical abilities, and political and world views. But, once you have the diversity piece down, it’s critical for management to ensure the right culture is in place that promotes, supports, and encourages all employees – from top to bottom – to be aware of the inclusion side of the D&I formula.   In …

Increase Employee Retention - Get Your Employees Involved!

  • 3/22/18 |
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Increase Employee Retention - Get Your Employees Involved!
Retain or Recruit – Which is More Important? Many managers and executives would agree – it’s easier to keep good employees than to recruit, hire, and train new ones (although your company’s pipeline for new recruits has to be a constant focus as well).  In today’s extremely tight labor market - Colorado’s unemployment rate is just 3.0% in March 2018 - having a strong employee retention strategy is paramount in today’s war for talent. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, the average cost of losing a good hire was $29,600 in 2017. …

Test Your Knowledge - 10 Interesting Denver Facts!

  • 2/20/18 |
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2nd Edition - Denver Fun Facts Quiz As a woman-owned Denver staffing agency since 1979, J. Kent Staffing loves the rich history of Denver and the new milestones that are continually shaping our great town. Settlers were attracted here because of the discovery of gold, but Denver continues to lure present-day settlers with the closeby mountains, 300 days of sunshine annually, 7 professional sports teams, 2nd largest performing arts center and the largest city park system in the U.S.   Whether you’re a Denver native or new to the city, here are 10 interesting pieces of …