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74 Percent of Employers Plan To Hire Recent College Graduates in 2017

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74 Percent of Employers Plan To Hire Recent College Graduates in 2017
What do all employers have in common at this very moment? Answer:  A shortage of qualified and skilled talent ready to work day one. U.S. employers and Denver staffing agencies and recruiting firms are finding it increasingly difficult to hire qualified, skilled and productive workers and, in Denver’s current business climate, our employers are experiencing the same challenge. As a result, Denver's talent shortage in now negatively impacting growth plans and profits.  Employee morale is also affected, frustrating business owners and CEO’s to inc …

Paralegals and Legal Assistants Can Add Value to Your Organization

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Paralegals and Legal Assistants Can Add Value to Your Organization
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook for employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. However, in the first quarter of 2017, at J. Kent Staffing, a Denver based temporary staffing agency and direct hire recruiting firm we are noticing an uptick in the demand for skilled paralegals and legal assistants by many of our law firm clients and corporate legal departments. And, through J. Kent's GSA Schedule 736 (Temporary Administrative Professional Staffing S …

Staffing Industry Statistics - Did You Know?

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Staffing Industry Statistics - Did You Know?
The staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry makes a vital contribution to the U.S. economy. Did You Know…? 1.  More than three million temporary and contract employees work for America’s staffing companies during an average week.   2.  During the course of a year, America’s staffing companies hire nearly 16 million temporary and contract employees.    3.  Most (76%) work full time, comparable to the overall workforce (82%).    4.  Half (49%) of staffing employees say it’s a way t …

Denver’s Appeal to Millennials Is Unique – It’s Cool!

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Denver’s Appeal to Millennials Is Unique – It’s Cool!
In reading the Wall Street Journal the other day, I came upon a 02/13/2017 article written by Laura Kusisto, “Millennials Are Less Mobile Than Young People Have Been in Decades”.  It’s true, Americans are moving at the lowest rate on record, and recently released Census Bureau data show that a primary reason is that millennials are moving significantly less than earlier generations of young adults. Despite being less likely to be married or have children, today's young people are less mobile than the previous four generations were at the same age, accord …

Job Abandonment and the Employer’s Responsibilities

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Job Abandonment and the Employer’s Responsibilities
J. Kent Staffing, as a provider of a contingent, temporary workforce to thousands of Denver employers since 1979, recognizes that job abandonment occurs in every position whether full-time, temporary, part-time; exempt or non-exempt. We also recognize that job abandonment situations, uncomfortable as they may be, occur across all industries and sectors of the U.S. workplace. Job Abandonment Investigation Must be Acted Upon Immediately —it’s tricky and could be a very time consuming process if extensive investigation is required to include filing of police “wel …

Workplace Tardiness Affects Staff Morale and Business Operations

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Workplace Tardiness Affects Staff Morale and Business Operations
Did you know that workplace tardiness (lateness) costs U.S. businesses more than $3 billion annually? Counterproductive work behavior (CWB) is employee behavior that goes against the legitimate interests of an organization. Workplace deviance is behavior at work that violates norms for appropriate behavior. Is Workplace Tardiness Counter Productive Work Behavior, or Does it Violate the Norm? Those two sentences certainly get my attention, and they made me think about the workplace tardiness problem. Is workplace tardiness a counter productive work behavior? Does workplace t …

2017 Colorado Minimum Wage Increases

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2017 Colorado Minimum Wage Increases
Denver and Colorado Employers - Heads Up!                     Minimum Wage Increases to $9.30/Hour On Nov. 8, 2016, Colorado voted to raise the minimum wage by passing Amendment 70.  Therefore, effective Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, Colorado’s minimum wage increases from $8.31 to $9.30 in 2017, and over the next four years, scheduled increases will bring the minimum wage up to $12.00 per hour with annual adjustments on Jan. 1 thereafter. This will affect all employers--staffing firms, temporary help agencies, contracto …

How Do I Get to "InboxZERO"?

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How Do I Get to "InboxZERO"?
An overwhelming volume of advice is available on how to manage e-mail more effectively and I have read many of them.  But I still ask myself, “Can I really get to “Inbox ZERO”— is it realistic, achievable and attainable for those that do not have Executive Assistants to manage their corporate inbox?  I have concluded that I will never get to “InboxZERO” so, how do I do a better job managing what has become my daily nemesis? Phone, Email, Text I fully understand that email is an extremely useful communication tool, not only in business …

DOL's Final Overtime Rule - Is Your Company Ready? Only 44 Days Left to Comply

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DOL's Final Overtime Rule - Is Your Company Ready? Only 44 Days Left to Comply
Time is running out to define and delimit the exemptions for executive, administrative, professional and outside sales and computer employees that are affected under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).The U.S. Department of Labor's final rule to boost the minimum salary for white collar exemptions goes into effect on Dec. 1. New Salary Thresholds - Effective 12/01/2016 The time is now.  Companies must decide how to handle the otherwise exempt employees whose current salaries will not meet the parameters of the new rule by either raising their salaries or converting them to n …

Clearing the Smoke: Medical Marijuana and the Workplace - Part 1

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Clearing the Smoke:  Medical Marijuana and the Workplace - Part 1
Employers Are Challenged to Navigate a Myriad of Conflicting Laws Numerous states plus Washington, DC, have enacted medical marijuana laws, and additional states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. At the same time, federal law prohibits the possession of marijuana. To help employers and staffing firms navigate the myriad and, in some cases, conflicting laws, the American Staffing Association (ASA) has published an issue paper—“Clearing the Smoke: Medical Marijuana and the Workplace”—authored by Diane J. Geller, Esq., partner in the law firm Fox Roths …

Clearing the Smoke: Medical Marijuana and the Workplace - Part 2

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Clearing the Smoke:  Medical Marijuana and the Workplace - Part 2
Implement an Affirmative Plan of Action Now to Deal With Compliance in the Workplace Denver employers and staffing agencies certainly recognize that off-duty use of medical marijuana presents a slippery slope, as discussed in our recent blog, Clearing the Smoke  Medical Marijuana and the Workplace - Part 1.  Our discussion now continues to follow the American Staffing Association's (ASA) issue | paper presented by Diane J. Geller, Esq., partner in the law firm Fox Rothschild.  Part 1 gave us a comprehensive overview as to the lack of consistency and clarity among s …

J. Kent Staffing Awarded Colorado VA Contract Against its GSA TAPS 736 Schedule

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J. Kent Staffing Awarded Colorado VA Contract Against its GSA TAPS 736 Schedule
J. Kent Staffing Hires 30 Medical Support Assistants - VA Care Expanded Through "Choice Act" J. Kent Staffing, located in Denver, Colorado, through its federal GSA Schedule 736 Temporary Administrative and Professional Staffing Services (TAPS) contract, has been awarded a new contract for providing Medical Support Assistants for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Colorado. This large staffing project will require J. Kent’s staff members to coordinate and authorize Veteran care with community providers that the VA does not supply or cannot supply timely. …

It's "an employee's job market" in Colorado right now

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It's "an employee's job market" in Colorado right now
Source: Denverite.com, Adrian D. Garcia - June 24, 2016 Now is a good time for many unhappy workers in Colorado to figuratively say, “Take this job and shove it.”   The state’s low unemployment rate means companies are competing harder to find or steal qualified workers. The need for skilled workers is so great that the state’s economy may be suffering.   “… Tight labor market conditions are making it more difficult for businesses to grow, acting as a constraint on the state’s economy,” according to a quarterly e …

Repeal of Colorado's Employment Verification Law Relieves Extra Burden on Colorado Employers

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Repeal of Colorado's Employment Verification Law Relieves Extra Burden on Colorado Employers
At J. Kent Staffing, we recognize the importance of employing a legal and diverse workforce. This diverse workforce contributes greatly to the vibrancy and strength of our Denver and national economies, but at the same time, that vibrancy and strength also attracts unathorized employment.  U.S. law requires companies like J. Kent Staffing to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States – either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. Therefore, to remain compliant, J. Kent spends a great deal of its resources on verifying …

Final DOL Overtime Rule Will Impact Your Business - Effective Dec. 1, 2016

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Final DOL Overtime Rule Will Impact Your Business - Effective Dec. 1, 2016
Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act In our May 3, 2016 blog, 1 in 5 Business Owners Unaware of DOL's Proposed Overtime Rule, we talked about the expectation that the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) will finalize its new rule over the coming months.  However, all 508 pages of the final rule (29 CFR Part 541), were published in the Federal Register on May 23, 2016, much sooner than expected.   The Obama administration announced on May 18, 2016, th …

1 in 5 Business Owners Unaware of DOL's Proposed Overtime Rule

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1 in 5 Business Owners Unaware of DOL's Proposed Overtime Rule
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to finalize its proposed overtime rule in the coming months and experts now predict that final rules will be published sometime between late April and early July, with an effective date 30 to 90 days thereafter. 1 in 5 Business Owners Unaware of the DOL's Proposed OT Rule The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to finalize its proposed overtime rule in the coming months, and it is expected to have a significant impact on businesses. According to Paycheck, Inc., a leading provider of solutions for payroll, 1 in 5 business …

Top Reasons for High Employee Turnover

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Top Reasons for High Employee Turnover
Let's Think About It! What is Employee Turnover? In its basic sense, employee turnover refers to the number or percentage of workers who leave an organization and are replaced by new employees. Another thought is that employee turnover is a measurement of how long your employees stay with your company and how often you have to replace them. Any time an employee leaves your company, for any reason, they are called a turnover or separation. Two Main Categories of Employee Turnover Voluntary turnover is when an employee quits. This can be due to finding a bette …

How To Compete for Top Millennial Talent in 2016

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How To Compete for Top Millennial Talent in 2016
When J. Kent Staffing opened its doors as a Denver staffing agency in 1979, the “Baby Boom Generation” was cementing its impact on American workforce culture. Denver employers were identifying hiring processes and company culture dynamics that attracted and retained top talent from that generation. Ten years ago, “Generation X’ers” started to leave their mark. Today, we observe companies undergoing the most substantial shift in decades, as a new brand of young adults, called “Millennials,” also known as Generation Y, join the workforce. Millenni …

IRS Extends 2015 ACA Reporting Deadlines for Employers (Forms 1095-B, 1095-C)

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IRS Extends 2015 ACA Reporting Deadlines for Employers (Forms 1095-B, 1095-C)
Extension gives employers and software developers additional time to finalize critical programming and testing. On Dec. 28, 2015 the IRS issued Notice 2016-4 extending the due dates for new health care information reporting forms due in 2016. Insurers, self-insuring employers, other coverage providers, and applicable large employers (ALEs) now have additional time to provide health coverage information for 2015 to individual taxpayers and the IRS. IRS Notice 2016-4 officially extends the deadlines to employers for providing "B" and "C" forms to individuals and t …

The Workday is Not a Dress Rehearsal – It’s “ShowTime”

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The Workday is Not a Dress Rehearsal – It’s “ShowTime”
The Impact of Employee Performance What is the Definition of “SHOWTIME”? According to Merriam-Webster the full definition of SHOWTIME is: The scheduled or actual time at which a show or something likened to a show begins. “ShowTime” in the Workplace – Deliver Your Best Performance Every Day Typically we don’t liken the workplace to a show, a Broadway production or a major event, but yet, employers expect that employees deliver their best performance every day. Can a good attitude impact employee performance at work? Yes, it can, and the att …

ACA Compliance - Are You an ALE in 2016?

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ACA Compliance - Are You an ALE in 2016?
What is your understanding of which ALE acronym is most critical to your company’s 2016 ACA compliance strategy?                       1. Additional Living Expense (ALE)                       2. Assumption of Liability Endorsement (ALE)                       3. Absolute Lowest Estimate (ALE)     & …

IRS Notice: ACA May Require Coverage Providers to List Social Security Numbers

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IRS Notice: ACA May Require Coverage Providers to List Social Security Numbers
Health insurance companies may request that members (employers sponsoring coverage) provide them with the social security numbers of those covered by their policies (employees, spouses and children). This is because the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires every provider of minimum essential coverage (MEC) to report that coverage by filing an information return (Form 1095-B, Health Coverage) with the IRS and furnishing a statement to covered individuals. The information is used by the IRS to administer – and individuals to show compliance with – the health care law. In 20 …

The 2015 Power Shift: A Candidate Driven Market

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The 2015 Power Shift:  A Candidate Driven Market
According to the Harvard Business Review, the Candidate driven market shift really started to take shape in 2011. So here we are in 2015; how does it look? Competitive, to say the least! According to the Recruiter Sentiment Study, 2015 First Half, conducted by MRI Network, experts in global search, 90% of recruiters believe the market is Candidate driven compared to 54% in the first half of 2011. Power Has Shifted from Employers to Job Candidates, According to Recruiters At J. Kent Staffing, a Denver based direct hire recruiting firm and temporary/contract staffing provider, we can co …

OSHA Targets Temporary Workers' Safety

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OSHA Targets Temporary Workers' Safety
The American Staffing Association (ASA) and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have joined forces to develop and execute a strategic plan focused on protecting the health and safety of temporary workers. OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels (right) and Richard Wahlquist, President and CEO of the American Staffing Association (ASA), signing the OSHA and ASA Alliance on May 21, 2014. The formal agreement signed between ASA and OSHA on May 21, 2014 has two prevailing goals: To reduce and prevent temporary workers’ exposure to safety and health hazard …

Denver Staffing Agency - BLS: Staffing Firms Added 19,800 Jobs, June 2015

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Denver Staffing Agency - BLS: Staffing Firms Added 19,800 Jobs, June 2015
Bureau of Labor Statistics:  June 2015 Temporary Help Services Trend Up “In June, employment continued to trend up in temporary help services (+20,000),” according to Erica L. Groshen, commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, commenting on the jobs report released today. Seasonally adjusted staffing employment was up 0.7% from May to June and 5.7% from June 2014. Year-to-year staffing job growth also averaged 5.9% over the past 12 months. 5.6% More Staffing Employees in June 2015 than June 2014 Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual …

10 Things You Should Know...
     About Every Candidate You Interview

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10 Things You Should Know...<br>     About Every Candidate You Interview
How do you bring real value to your hiring process and hiring decision? You know the resume but do you know the person? Although the candidate meets your qualifications, do you really know what they think, feel, what is important to them and how they will fit into your culture. Each organization in Denver today is competing to attract top talent from local, national and international markets. The unemployment figures may be up but talent that presents as a “complete package” is still in short supply and does not stay on the market long. Corporations competing in today&rs …

Colorado Employers' Zero-Tolerance Drug Policies Trump Medical Marijuana Laws

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Colorado Employers' Zero-Tolerance Drug Policies Trump Medical Marijuana Laws
Colorado employers’ zero-tolerance drug policies trump Colorado’s medical marijuana laws, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Monday, June 15, 2015.  In a 6-0 decision, the high court affirmed lower court rulings that an employee using medical marijuana and working for a company with a zero-tolerance policy prohibiting drug use can be terminated if they fail a drug test. Employer May Fire Employee for Use of Medicinal Marijuana – Even If It’s Off Duty The case involved a Dish Network employee who was a quadriplegic, had a state-issued license to use medica …

Birthdays in the Workplace - What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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Birthdays in the Workplace - What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Regardless of company size, every organization is faced with the question, how to manage “Birthdays in the Workplace". With more than 36 years' experience providing temporary staffing and conducting direct hire search engagements for our Denver employers, we have had many opportunities to hear, and learn, how clients manage and are challenged with “Birthdays in the Workplace”. Birthdays in the Workplace – Manage With Care, Thoughtfulness and Consistency Celebrating “Birthdays in the Workplace” is unique to each organization. If done with re …

Denver Staffing Agency - Affordable Care Act "Higher Fee" Rule

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Denver Staffing Agency - Affordable Care Act "Higher Fee" Rule
Affordable Care Act (ACA) Compliance With Treas. Reg. §54.4980H-4(d)(2) The “Higher Fee" Rule The ACA Special “Higher Fee” Rule – Offer of Coverage on Behalf of the Client Some staffing firm clients are asking staffing firms to charge a “higher fee” for its temporary or contract employees enrolled in the staffing firm’s health insurance plan than for those who are not enrolled under a special rule found in Treas. Reg. §54.4980H-4(d)(2). Why? “Higher Fee” Rule Satisfies Client’s ACA Obligation …

Denver Staffing Agency - Colorado Employment Verification Requirement For Newly-Hired Employees

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Denver Staffing Agency - Colorado Employment Verification Requirement For Newly-Hired Employees
  J. Kent Staffing in Denver, Colorado provides employees across all industries and sectors, to include high wealth family offices, start-ups, and all levels of government. Our clients range in size from publicly traded to small and mid-sized organizations. In order to be compliant with both federal and State of Colorado employment verification laws, J. Kent spends a great deal of its resources on verifying and documenting the legal employment eligibility for each of our newly-hired staff members.             Fed …

Denver Staffing Agency - Onboarding - Does Your Company Get It Right?

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Denver Staffing Agency - Onboarding - Does Your Company Get It Right?
Onboarding, or organizational socialization, is not only a critical part of an effective overall talent management strategy, but also critical specifically to talent retention. According to the SHRM Foundation, each year nearly 25% of the working population undergoes some type of career transition, and of the newly-hired employees that fail within 18 months, the percentage is even much greater.  A well thought out onboarding program will hep mitigate turnover and ensure new employee success. What is Onboarding? Onboarding is the process by which new employees get adjusted …

Denver Staffing Agency - Reduce Your Affordable Care Act (ACA) Costs with Staffing Strategies

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Denver Staffing Agency - Reduce Your Affordable Care Act (ACA) Costs with Staffing Strategies
  Denver staffing agency, J. Kent Staffing invites J. Kent clients and Denver employers to join us Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 10:00 AM, Mountain Standard Time (MST) for a free webinar featuring Alden Bianchi, nationally recognized author, speaker and expert on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Alden is also the Practice Group Leader of Mintz Levin’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice   Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate, Effective Jan.01, 2015 Free Webinar – Attendance is Limited Note - ACA Webinar Confirmation Confirmat …

Denver Staffing Agency - Working With a Staffing Company Under the Affordable Care Act

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Denver Staffing Agency - Working With a Staffing Company Under the Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act Who is a Variable Employee Under the ACA?         What Staffing Clients Need to Know About Compliance ACA Employer Mandate - Effective Jan. 01, 2015 The Staffing Industry’s Position on the ACA Members of the American Staffing Association, the industry’s leading organization of staffing companies, are informed about the ACA and committed to compliance J. Kent Staffing will not participate in business practices that violate the intent of the law The U.S. Internal Revenue Service wil …

Do Staffing Firms Plan to Offer Coverage to Temporary Employees Under the ACA?

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Do Staffing Firms Plan to Offer Coverage to Temporary Employees Under the ACA?
YES!  AFFORDABLE CARE ACT - YOUTUBE The Affordable Care Act is the most sweeping health care legislation in decades. As you know, on Jan. 1, 2015 the Employer Mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will require large employers (for 2015, those with 100 or more full-time plus full-time equivalent employees) to provide insurance for their workforce or pay penalties.  The penalties are severe.  J. Kent has decided that we will provide insurance plans to our temporary employees to comply with the employer provisions of the law. Employer Shared Resp …

Denver Staffing Agency - Colorado Marijuana Positive Rates Increased 20%

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Denver Staffing Agency - Colorado Marijuana Positive Rates Increased 20%
About the Author Allen Smith, J.D. is the manager of workplace law content for SHRM (Society for Human Resource Mangement) Drug Use Up Among Workers - 09/19/14, Allen Smith For the first time since 2003, the rate of positive drug tests among workers is up, largely due to the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington state, according to Quest Diagnostics. Marijuana Positive Rates Increased 20% in Colorado and 23% in Washington Between 2012 and 2013 Marijuana positive rates increased 20 percent in Colorado and 23 percent in Washington between 2012 and 2 …

Denver Staffing Agency J. Kent Staffing Awarded NTSB Contract for Colorado Region

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Denver Staffing Agency J. Kent Staffing Awarded NTSB Contract for Colorado Region
Denver staffing agency J. Kent Staffing (J. Kent), through its GSA Schedule 736 Temporary Administrative and Professional Staffing Services (TAPS) contract, has been awarded a contract for administrative support staffing for the National Transportation and Safety Board’s (NTSB) Central Region. NTSB Central Region Headquartered in Denver – Oversees 18 States The Central Region of the NTSB, headquartered in Denver, Colorado oversees an 18-state region. The Central Region is responsible for all civil aviation accidents that occur within the Great Plains, surround the Great L …

Denver Staffing Agency J. Kent Awarded Colorado VA Contract, Fills 32 Healthcare Positions Quickly

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Denver Staffing Agency J. Kent Awarded Colorado VA Contract, Fills 32 Healthcare Positions Quickly
Denver staffing agency J. Kent Staffing, through its GSA Schedule 736 Temporary Administrative and Professional Staffing Services (TAPS) contract, has been awarded a contract for staffing 40 Medical Support Assistants for the federal government's Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Colorado. “Problems with the healthcare American veterans receive has been well documented now for several years and it is a complex issue,” said J. Kent Staffing founder and CEO J. Kent Gervasini. “We are pleased and proud to have been selected for this large and significant staffin …

Denver Staffing Agency - Workers' Comp - Small Business Assumes Same Risk as Fortune 500

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Denver Staffing Agency - Workers' Comp - Small Business Assumes Same Risk as Fortune 500
Why do Denver employers use staffing or temporary help agencies? One of the reasons is the ability to shift risk to the Employer of Record (EOR), the staffing agency, who shoulder many common employer risks. Employee Workers' Comp Code Misclassification Under Insures Your Employees Working with many small to medium sized Denver businesses, we recognize that small business did not count on having to become an HR professional. Nevertheless, even if you have just a few employees and do not have a Human Resources Manager on your staff, you still assume the same risks and responsibili …

When Were Health Care Benefits First Offered by US Employers?

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When Were Health Care Benefits First Offered by US Employers?
  America's employers have been providing health insurance coverage to the majority of the workforce and their dependents for many years.  These benefits have included anything from partial coverage to full payment of medical, dental, and vision care, and are sometimes part of the hiring package employers offer to eligible employees.  As the national debate on health care continues and the current system evolves, it is important to understand the historical reasons behind this practice in order to contextualize it in today's world.  A brief history of no …

How To Attract “A” Level Performers: A Core Competency of Business Success

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How To Attract “A” Level Performers: A Core Competency of Business Success
“Today, out-selling the competition for “A” level performers is a core competency of business success. That’s not hyperbole; it’s reality. It is the only way we can win the War for the Best Talent, and our victory is the only way employers can win the War for a Big Bottom Line.” Peter Weddle. Peter Weddle has been writing columns for his own newsletter and for the Interactive Edition of The Wall Street Journal since 1999. The following column has been drawn from that work and updated: First, we have to recognize that the best and brightest hav …

Denver Staffing Agency - Hot Market for Denver Job Seekers and Home Sellers

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Denver Staffing Agency - Hot Market for Denver Job Seekers and Home Sellers
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the unemployment rate for Denver fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2014 to 5.8 for the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield area. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Colorado rate. When you reflect that the unemployment rate in Denver peaked in March 2010 at 9.1% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower, any savvy business enterprise knows that the competition for top talent or “A” level performers is once again a reality. Here is a quick look at Denver’s unemployment rate change ove …

Colorado Employers May Have a “Zero Tolerance” Marijuana Policy

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Colorado Employers May Have a “Zero Tolerance” Marijuana Policy
About the Author Stephen DeHoff is a business and employment partner at the Denver-based firm Fortis Law Partners, LLC.  He routinely reviews and prepares drug and alcohol policies for businesses and frequently counsels human resources professionals on the creation and implementation of workplace policies.  Mr. DeHoff was assisted in the preparation of this article by firm associate Adrienne Schwisow. In November 2012, Colorado and Washington State became the first U.S. states to legalize non-medical marijuana use.  This year, Colorado became the first state in whi …

Denver Staffing Agency - Completing Form I-9 for Remote Hires is Required

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Denver Staffing Agency - Completing Form I-9 for Remote Hires is Required
As a Denver temporary staffing agency, and a direct hire recruiting firm since 1979, we understand that we are a vital link in stopping unauthorized and illegal employment, and that begins with Form I-9. In 2013, J. Kent Staffing employed 457 professional staff in their various functional areas of expertise working across every industry and sector. At J. Kent Staffing, we recognize the importance of employing a legal workforce; therefore in 2013, our Staffing Managers processed the Form I-9, 457 times for each employee to ensure that we employ only individuals who may legally work in …

Denver Temporary Agency - Workers' Comp 101: How is My Premium Determined?

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Denver Temporary Agency - Workers' Comp 101: How is My Premium Determined?
Denver staffing agencies provide professional, administrative and light industrial staff to employers across many industries and sectors. However, all staffing is not the same, and neither is each workers' compensation (WC) insurance rate for a specific job or position. For example, the assumption that all office workers fall under the WC Code 8810 is not correct; although this is a widely held believe within the business community. Risk is Inherent in Each and Every Job Each job assignment has unique qualities, considerations, tasks and risks that are carefully analyzed and revie …

Denver Staffing Agency – Recent Law School Graduate Becomes Creative in Job Search

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Denver Staffing Agency – Recent Law School Graduate Becomes Creative in Job Search
In Denver, Colorado as well as throughout our nation, the competition for legal jobs continues to be strong (and in many cities fierce) because more students graduate from law school each year than there are jobs available. According to Forbes Contributor, Joshua Wright’s recent article, 01/10/2014, “In most of the U.S., and for many law school graduates, the legal job market continues to be lousy.” At J. Kent Staffing, a Denver based Recruiter and provider of temporary staffing since 1979, we can confirm Mr. Wright’s well researched article. What are we seeing? …

Colorado Minimum Wage Increases Effective Jan. 01, 2014 to $8.00 per hour

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Colorado Minimum Wage Increases Effective Jan. 01, 2014 to $8.00 per hour
The Colorado Division of Labor has adopted Colorado Minimum Wage Order Number 30 to reflect the new state minimum wage of $8.00 per hour, a 22 cent increase over 2013. The minimum wage for “Tipped Workers” (employees who regularly receive tips) will increase to $4.98 from $4.76 per hour. Article XVIII, Section 15 of the Colorado Constitution requires the Colorado minimum wage to be adjusted annually for inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for the Denver-Boulder-Greeley region. State of Colorado - 9 Year Minimum Wage History Effective Date …

Staffing Agencies in Denver Hear "10 Things" Employees Really Want

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Staffing Agencies in Denver Hear "10 Things" Employees Really Want
Staffing Managers and Denver Recruiters are continually charged with searching for, identifying, vetting and hiring top talent. For the successful Denver Recruiter, this is a must core competency. At J. Kent Staffing we interview hundreds of applicants each month. During the interview process the candidate shares their personal career goals, what motivates them, and what do they really want out of their next job or what they do not like about their current job, boss or corporate culture. A Raise is Important, But What Else is Valued? At the beginning of each year, many Denver employe …

Denver Staffing Agency - ACA FAQs 8 of 8 – Oct. 9, 2013

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Denver Staffing Agency - ACA FAQs 8 of 8 – Oct. 9, 2013
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes major new legal obligations on employers, including new excise taxes, which will increase the cost of supplying temporary and contract workers. The staffing industry is committed to compliance with the ACA, and the American Staffing Association (ASA) is actively working to help staffing firms and clients understand the rules and how they will affect staffing services. These answers to frequently asked questions are designed to help staffing professionals understand the basic ACA requirements and compliance issues. FAQ 8. Is It Possible For Staffing …

Denver Staffing Agency - ACA FAQs 7 of 8 – Oct. 9, 2013

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Denver Staffing Agency - ACA FAQs 7 of 8 – Oct. 9, 2013
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes major new legal obligations on employers, including new excise taxes, which will increase the cost of supplying temporary and contract workers. The staffing industry is committed to compliance with the ACA, and the American Staffing Association (ASA) is actively working to help staffing firms and clients understand the rules and how they will affect staffing services. These answers to frequently asked questions are designed to help staffing professionals understand the basic ACA requirements and compliance issues. FAQ 7. Can Temporary Employees Be …

Denver Staffing Agency - ACA FAQs 6 of 8 – Oct. 9, 2013

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Denver Staffing Agency - ACA FAQs 6 of 8 – Oct. 9, 2013
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes major new legal obligations on employers, including new excise taxes, which will increase the cost of supplying temporary and contract workers. The staffing industry is committed to compliance with the ACA, and the American Staffing Association (ASA) is actively working to help staffing firms and clients understand the rules and how they will affect staffing services. These answers to frequently asked questions are designed to help staffing professionals understand the basic ACA requirements and compliance issues. FAQ 6. Can Staffing Firms Help Cli …

Denver Staffing Agency - ACA FAQs 5 of 8 – Oct. 9, 2013

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Denver Staffing Agency - ACA FAQs 5 of 8 – Oct. 9, 2013
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes major new legal obligations on employers, including new excise taxes, which will increase the cost of supplying temporary and contract workers. The staffing industry is committed to compliance with the ACA, and the American Staffing Association (ASA) is actively working to help staffing firms and clients understand the rules and how they will affect staffing services. These answers to frequently asked questions are designed to help staffing professionals understand the basic ACA requirements and compliance issues. FAQ 5. What if the Staffing Arrange …

Denver Staffing Agency - ACA FAQs 4 of 8 – Oct. 9, 2013

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Denver Staffing Agency - ACA FAQs 4 of 8 – Oct. 9, 2013
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes major new legal obligations on employers, including new excise taxes, which will increase the cost of supplying temporary and contract workers. The staffing industry is committed to compliance with the ACA, and the American Staffing Association (ASA) is actively working to help staffing firms and clients understand the rules and how they will affect staffing services. These answers to frequently asked questions are designed to help staffing professionals understand the basic ACA requirements and compliance issues. FAQ 4. Will clients have …

Denver Staffing Agency - ACA FAQs 2 of 8 – Oct. 9, 2013

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Denver Staffing Agency - ACA FAQs 2 of 8 – Oct. 9, 2013
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes major new legal obligations on employers, including new excise taxes, which will increase the cost of supplying temporary and contract workers. The staffing industry is committed to compliance with the ACA, and the American Staffing Association (ASA) is actively working to help staffing firms and clients understand the rules and how they will affect staffing services. These answers to frequently asked questions are designed to help staffing professionals understand the basic ACA requirements and compliance issues. FAQ 2.  Do Staffing Firms Pla …

Denver Staffing Agency – Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), Ease Eyestrain at the Computer

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Denver Staffing Agency – Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), Ease Eyestrain at the Computer
At J. Kent Staffing in Denver, Colorado there are many days that I spend 10 hours a day looking at my computer.  During a normal business day, I research, analyze data, constantly write and draft business documents; typically working with two 24” computer monitors at the same time.   Does this sound familiar?  I bet many of you have a job just like mine, and some of you working in social media marketing, graphic design, engineering, oil and gas or the sciences possibly have 3 monitors to stare at for extended periods.   Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) At …

Denver Staffing Agency - ACA, Oct 1, 2013 Employee Notice Rule Still Applies

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Denver Staffing Agency - ACA, Oct 1, 2013 Employee Notice Rule Still Applies
Even though the Obama administration has delayed enforcement of the employer “play or pay” provisions of the Affordable Care Act until Jan. 1, 2015, employers still have to comply with the provisions of the law requiring them to notify employees by Oct. 1, 2013, of their health insurance options in 2014.     The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued guidance stating that: by Oct 1, employers must notify current employees and new employees hired on or after that date of the health plans (if any) the employer will offer the availability …

Denver Staffing Agency - May 2013, BLS - Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary

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Denver Staffing Agency - May 2013, BLS - Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on 07/09/2013, that on the last business day of May 2013, 3.8 million jobs were open, little changed from April.   May 2013 - Net Employment Gain (over 12 months ending May)   Hires have totaled 51.9 million Separations have totaled 50.1 million Resulting in a net employment gain of 1.8 million.  Job Opening and Labor Turnover Summary There were 4.4 million hires in May, at a 3.3% hire rate. The number of hire …

Denver Staffing Agency – J. Kent Staffing Is Deeply Committed to Affordable Care Act Compliance

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Denver Staffing Agency – J. Kent Staffing Is Deeply Committed to Affordable Care Act Compliance
American Staffing Association Statement of Principles The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the most sweeping health care legislation in decades. It will allow workers greater access to better coverage at more competitive prices, giving them more control over their work life, and increasing the mobility and competitiveness of the U.S. work force. The Staffing Industry is Deeply Committed to ACA Compliance While implementing the ACA presents challenges to staffing firms due to the unique characteristics of their work forces, the staffing industry is deeply committed to compliance …

Denver Temp Agency – Staffing Firm or Client, Who is the Responsible Employer Under ACA?

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Denver Temp Agency – Staffing Firm or Client, Who is the Responsible Employer Under ACA?
Part 2 of 2 Continuing with, “Will Clients Have Employer Obligations for Staffing Firm Employees Under the Affordable Care Act (Part 1), here is Part 2, delving deeper into employer responsibilities. Part 2 has also been prepared by Ed Lenz, Senior Legal Counsel for the American Staffing Association (ASA) and Alden Bianchi, an expert in employee benefits and executive compensation. Together they have been working directly with the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department on behalf of ASA and the staffing industry. Therefore, we would like provide additional information regarding AC …

Denver Staffing Agency – Staffing Firm or Client, Who is the Responsible Employer Under ACA?

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Denver Staffing Agency – Staffing Firm or Client, Who is the Responsible Employer  Under ACA?
Part 1 of 2 J. Kent Staffing, a Denver, Colorado, woman-owned, staffing firm and temporary help agency has been working hard to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010.  The following article has been prepared by Ed Lenz, Senior Legal Counsel for the American Staffing Association (ASA) and Alden Bianchi, an expert in employee benefits and executive compensation.  Together they have been working directly with the IRS and U.S. Treasurary Department on behalf of ASA and the staffing idustry.  Therefore, we wou …

Denver Staffing Agency Hires Intercept Surveyors Using Mini-iPads for DIA Market Research Project

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Denver Staffing Agency Hires Intercept Surveyors Using Mini-iPads for DIA Market Research Project
Market research studies are conducted in Denver, Colorado in nearly every industry.  Denver is a growing, dynamic city, attracting global customers, and therefore, market conditions are frequently examined in order to understand the preference, attitudes, and behaviors of consumers in our market-based economy. Whether government or private industry, all sectors are trying to understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price. Denver International Airport Contributes $22 Billion a Year to Colorado’s Economy At the heart of our Denver market-based econ …

Denver Staffing Agency – Newly Revised Form I-9 For All New Hires and Re-Verifications

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Denver Staffing Agency – Newly Revised Form I-9 For All New Hires and Re-Verifications
Washington - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) effective March 8, 2013 published a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 for use. All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States.The Department of Homeland Security has published a Notice in the Federal Register informing employers of the new Form I-9 (Rev.03/08/13) N. New Improvements to Form I-9 – User-Friendly Instructions Improvements to Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) N include new fields, reformatting to reduce errors, and clearer instructions to bo …

Denver Staffing Agency - Financial Analyst Job Outlook Expected to Grow 23%

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Denver Staffing Agency - Financial Analyst Job Outlook Expected to Grow 23%
Financial Analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They study company financial statements and analyze commodity prices, sales, costs, expenses, and tax rates to determine a company's value by projecting its future earnings. They often meet with company officials to gain a better insight into the firm’s prospects, management, and strategies.   Financial Analyst Employment Expected to Grow 23% from 2010-2020 Denver Staffing Managers and Denver financial recruiting firms are seeing a rise in demand for Financial Analysts. In …

Denver Employers Making Job Offers Quickly in 2013

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Denver Employers Making Job Offers Quickly in 2013
"Today, out-selling the competition for "A" level performers is a core competency of business success.  That's not hyperbole; it's reality.  It is the only way we can win the War for the Best Talent, and our victory is the only way employers can win the War for a Big Bottom Line."  Peter Weddle has been writing columns for his own newsletter and for the Interactive Edition of The Wall Street Journal since 1999. Denver Employers Making Job Offers Quickly in 2013 Although current unemployment rates are still near recession highs as of Janu …

Denver Staffing Agency - Obama Issues Employer Responsibility Regulations Under ACA - Part 6

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Denver Staffing Agency - Obama Issues Employer Responsibility Regulations Under ACA - Part 6
On Friday, December 28, 2012, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service finally issued long-awaited proposed regulations detailing many of the employer responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care Act.    The 144-page rule will be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 2. Comments on the proposed regulations are due March 18. In addition, a public hearing on the regulations will be held in Washington, DC, on April 23. Employers May Rely on Proposed Regulations – Pending Issuance of Final Regulations …

Denver Staffing Agencies Respond to ACA “Key Provisions and Timelines” in 2013 – Part 5

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Denver Staffing Agencies Respond to ACA “Key Provisions and Timelines” in 2013 – Part 5
Denver staffing agencies, temporary help firms and large Denver employers (50 or more employees) should all be aware of key provisions and timelines affecting employers beginning January 2013 under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2012.  Here are some of those key dates and provisions for 2013 and 2014: Date Key Provision or Timeline   2013 Jan. 1 Employers must report value of employee health benefits on 2012 Form W-2. …

Denver Staffing Agency - ACA 12-Month “Look-Back” Period Begins Jan. 1, 2013 - Part 4

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Denver Staffing Agency - ACA 12-Month “Look-Back” Period Begins Jan. 1, 2013 - Part 4
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010, makes sweeping changes in the U.S. health care system, many of which will affect our Denver, Colorado employers and others in our nation.  2013 “Look-Back” Period Begins – All Employee Data Analyzed Denver staffing agencies such as J. Kent Staffing are now in the process of preparing and planning for implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and will begin to analyze all employee data for the 2013 “look-back” period.  For lar …

Denver Staffing Agencies Subject to Colorado Minimum Wage Increase in 2013

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Denver Staffing Agencies Subject to Colorado Minimum Wage Increase in 2013
Colorado Constitution Requires Annual Minimum Wage Adjustment for Inflation Article XVIII, Section 15 of the Colorado Constitution requires the Colorado minimum wage to be adjusted annually for inflation. The state minimum wage is tied to the Consumer Price Index for the Denver-Boulder-Greeley region. The pending increase is directed by a 2006 constitutional amendment that provides annual cost-of-living adjustments to the minimum wage. This will affect many Denver jobs in a variety of industries and sectors to include Denver staffing agencies and Denver temporary agencies provid …

Denver Staffing Agencies – Proactive Overtime Management is Just Good Business!

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Denver Staffing Agencies – Proactive Overtime Management is Just Good Business!
As a Denver employer of an hourly, non-exempt workforce during the 2008 Great Recession, we know that overtime hours worked by your staff have been sparingly approved.  Due to the negative impact of increased payroll cost on your company’s budget, Proactive Overtime Management is a must as discussed in our blog on August 22, 2012. State of Colorado and City & County of Denver Enforce Strict Overtime Policies  During the Great Recession of 2008, Denver employers have been proactively managing overtime, and in some cases have written strict overtime policies.  T …

Denver Staffing Agency Awarded 5-Year Contract for GSA 736 Schedule

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Denver Staffing Agency Awarded 5-Year Contract for GSA 736 Schedule
DENVER, CO., November 26, 2012 – J. Kent Staffing is pleased to announce they have been awarded the GSA Schedule 736 contract. The 736 Schedule, awarded by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on September 24, 2012, has a contract end date of September 23, 2017.  GSA Advantage!® - Electronic Ordering System  Acknowledging the growth in federal spending through GSA, J. Kent Staffing has placed their staffing services and solutions on the federal government’s electronic ordering system, GSA Advantage!®. J. Kent Staffing is now certified to provid …

Denver Staffing Agency - Technical Recruiter Inherent to Success of Information Technology Firms

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Denver Staffing Agency - Technical Recruiter Inherent to Success of Information Technology Firms
Denver Recruiters are specialists in the practice of attracting qualified individuals on behalf of their clients or organizations. Recruiters may be generalists or have a particular knowledge of the many industries and sectors that make up the North American Industry Classification System, known as NAICS.  Denver’s Information Technology Jobs Unfilled Due to Lack of Skilled and Qualified IT Workers Today one of the hottest sectors is information technology, and the jobs are plentiful. However, the uncomfortable truth is that our tech companies just can’t find the work …

Denver Staffing Agency - Work-Life Integration—A 2012 Workforce Reality

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Denver Staffing Agency - Work-Life Integration—A 2012 Workforce Reality
When working with professional, career-minded Denver job seekers, Denver staffing agencies and recruiters are beginning to see a change from the concept of “work-life balance” to the reality of “work-life integration.” What’s the difference? Work-Life Balance – A Concept Wikipedia defines work-life balance as a concept including proper prioritizing between "work" (career and ambition) and "lifestyle" (health, pleasure, leisure, family, and spiritual development/meditation). Related, though broader, terms include "lif …

Denver Staffing Agency - The Affordable Care Act Waiting Period Defined - Part 3

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Denver Staffing Agency - The Affordable Care Act Waiting Period Defined - Part 3
Having just returned from the American Staffing Association’s Staffing World Convention in Las Vegas (October 9 - 11, 2012), J. Kent Staffing Managers would like to update you on important information regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which will directly affect Denver employers  to include Denver staffing agencies.  Guidance notice 2012-59 – Clarifies Waiting / Administrative Period Guidance notice 2012-59, released in August 2012, clarifies group health insurance waiting or administrative period under section 2708 of Patient Pr …

Denver Staffing Agency – The Affordable Care Act “Look-Back” Defined August 2012 - Part 2

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Denver Staffing Agency – The Affordable Care Act “Look-Back” Defined August 2012 - Part 2
On August 2, 2012, J. Kent Staffing, a Denver based temporary and contingent staffing agency, published its Part 1 of its Employer Headlines on Obamacare, “Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare—Next Steps for Staffing Firms." At the time our article was posted, the Obama administration still had not released the important official guidance clarifying the definition of full-time employee under the Affordable Care Act and “look-back proposal.”  That official guidance, Notice 2012-58, was finally released on Friday, August 31, 2012 Why is the Full-Tim …

Denver Staffing Agency – Lack of Hard & Soft Skills Impact Unemployment Rate

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Denver Staffing Agency – Lack of Hard & Soft Skills Impact Unemployment Rate
Denver staffing agencies and Colorado recruiters have a daily mission to search for and recruit the most qualified talent to enhance their Candidate Pool. At J. Kent Staffing we recognize that our clients need top talent to compete, therefore, more frequently, they are requiring the right combination of "hard" and "soft" skills sets when making a new hire.  Whether our client’s organization is a Fortune 500 firm or a small, entrepreneurial company, every CEO in Denver, Colorado is looking for top talent that can bring both skill sets to the …

Denver Staffing Agency - Proactive Overtime Management Minimizes FLSA Liability

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Denver Staffing Agency - Proactive Overtime Management Minimizes FLSA Liability
Based on a recent ruling in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Denver employers are not liable for unauthorized overtime in excess of 40 hours per week if they did not know or had reason to know of overtime worked. On December 11, 2011 the court reviewed Kellar v. Summit Seating Inc. (No. 11-1221, 7th Cir., 2011), and ruled in favor of Summit Seating, Inc. arguing that the plaintiff, Susan Kellar, did not give her employer overtime notice. On her own account she was arriving at work between 15 minutes and 45 minutes before the start of her shift, and punched the time clock at those …

Denver Staffing Agency – Employers Should Continue to Use Current Form I-9

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Denver Staffing Agency – Employers Should Continue to Use Current Form I-9
Until further notice, employers should continue using the Form I-9 currently available on the forms section of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website (uscis.gov). This form should continue to be used even after the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number expiration date of August 31, 2012 has passed. USCIS will provide updated information about the new version of the Form I-9 as it becomes available. Although it had been announced previously that a form change would take place in August 2012, the USCIS will continue to use the current Form I-9. To ob …

Denver Staffing Agency – The Handshake, the Interview and You

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Denver Staffing Agency – The Handshake, the Interview and You
Although we missed the June 21st World Handshake Day, we at J. Kent Staffing would like to spend some time talking about a telling event during the interview process: the handshake. While a good handshake did not make our list of  "Top 10 Interview Blunders," it definitely can affect the impression you give to hiring managers and others involved in the interview process as you are in the hunt for a competitive Denver job with top companies.   The Handshake – Non-Verbal Communication Many researching the history of the handshake have come across gre …

Denver Staffing Agency - “Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare—Next Steps for Staffing Firms" - Part 1

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Denver Staffing Agency - “Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare—Next Steps for Staffing Firms" - Part 1
On July 12th, J. Kent’s Staffing Managers  and Denver Recruiters participated in an American Staffing Association (ASA) training webinar titled, “Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare—Next Steps for Staffing Firms.” Although J. Kent Staffing has been tracking this legislation for more than a year, the seminar served notice that the impact of financial and reporting costs will significantly affect all Denver employers to include Denver staffing agencies. Webinar Panel Experts Edward A. Lenz, Esq. -  ASA Senior Vice President, Legal and Public Affairs …

Denver Staffing Agency - Social Media Marketing Jobs Increase 65% Since June 2011

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Denver Staffing Agency - Social Media Marketing Jobs Increase 65% Since June 2011
Social media marketing refers to the process of gaining website traffic or attention through social media sites. Social media marketing programs usually center on efforts to create content that attracts attention and encourages readers to share it with their social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or Google +,  for example. Denver Social Media Marketing Professionals Needed by Small Business Enterprises With the increased awareness around social media marketing trends, J. Kent Staffing’s clients have begun to develop a marketing strategy to increase their brand …

Denver Accounts Payable Staffing – Talent Difficult to Find

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Denver Accounts Payable Staffing – Talent Difficult to Find
Denver Accounts Payable Specialists with solid full-cycle AP experience are not an easy find.   On the contrary, when J. Kent’s Denver Recruiters identify a qualified, experienced Accounts Payable Specialist, it is not difficult to match them with top Denver companies looking for this type of accounting department talent. Accounts Payable Specialists – Found in Most Industries Accounts Payable Specialists positions may be entry level or highly experienced and are generally found in most industries. If the position is entry level close supervision is generally req …

Denver Shipping & Receiving Clerk Key to Manufacturer's Supply Chain

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Denver Shipping & Receiving Clerk Key to Manufacturer's Supply Chain
Central to any organization’s on-time and successful delivery and storage of goods and materials is the management of business operations, namely logistics.  Simply put, supply chain, logistics management involves integration, transportation, inventory, warehousing, material handling, packaging, and often, security. One of the positions, fundamental to a global manufacturer’s supply chain management success, is the hands-on position of Shipping and Receiving Clerk.  Denver Shipping and Receiving Clerk Key to Successful Warehousing Logistics J. Kent’s client …

Denver Staffing Agency – Legal Assistant Staffing for Prominent Denver Attorney

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Denver Staffing Agency – Legal Assistant Staffing for Prominent Denver Attorney
5th Generation Denver, CO Attorney Still Has Passion for the Law A lifelong Colorado resident, Mr. Hodges was born in Denver, Colorado to a family that had been practicing law for five generations.  Mr. Hodges was a keen and focused student, and soon found that he too shared his family’s passion for law.  He ventured to Illinois to attend Lake Forest College, and then returned to his native Colorado to attain his J.D. at the University of Colorado. 42 Years of Legal and Community Service Over the last 42 years, he has cultivated a successful career as one of Denver&r …

Denver Staffing Agency – Estate Attorney Mentors Young Denver Professionals

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Denver Staffing Agency – Estate Attorney Mentors Young Denver Professionals
Since 1997, the law firm of Joseph G. Hodges, Jr., Attorney at Law has outsourced their human resources, recruiting, hiring, and staffing administration and management to Denver staffing agency, J. Kent Staffing.  For more than 3 decades, J. Kent, a Colorado recruiting and Contingency Search and Temporary Staffing firm has been recognized as one of the leaders in the greater metro area and Rocky Mountain Region.    During the past 15 years, the law firm and Mr. Hodges, a highly respected trusts and estate attorney has looked to J. Kent Staffing for qualified Paralegal …

Denver Staffing Agency Participates in E-Verify Program

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Denver Staffing Agency Participates in E-Verify Program
Denver Staffing Agency Recognizes the Importance of Employing a Legal Workforce As a Denver staffing, recruiting and temporary agency, J. Kent Staffing recognizes the importance of employing a legal workforce.  Although J. Kent has been judiciously verifying employment eligibility of its large temporary staff using the Form I-9 since 1986 (after the passage of the Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986), effective February 17, 2012, we are augmenting our Form I-9 with the federal E-Verify program.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) E-Verify Clause At J. Kent, we pro …

Denver Staffing Agency - Colorado Fun Facts Quiz For Human Resource Managers

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Denver Staffing Agency - Colorado Fun Facts Quiz For Human Resource Managers
Few Can Deny That Colorado Has a Distinctive Allure J. Kent Staffing, a Denver, Colorado contingency search firm and temporary staffing agency frequently conducts searches for companies and entrepreneurs opening new Denver offices.    Since 1979, companies planning on relocating or opening new offices in Denver as well as out-of-state job seekers repeatedly quiz J. Kent’s Recruiters and Staffing Managers about our state and the state of our economy.   Whether it is a search for top Denver accounting talent, a seasoned Human Resource Manager, a Social M …

Denver Staffing Agency – Denver Fun Facts Quiz for Job Seekers

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Denver Staffing Agency – Denver Fun Facts Quiz for Job Seekers
Whether You're New to Denver or a Native, This City is Full of Surprises Denver staffing agencies, Colorado temp agencies and top Denver recruiters understand that Colorado’s economy is built on small business which is responsible for 97% of new job creation in the state.   Largely responsible for state's business activity are private sector investors as well as participating cities and counties.  These entities, many times in partnership have created a competitive environment that attracts companies, jobs and talented, new Denver job seekers.  …

Denver Staffing Agency – Denver Job Seekers Need More Netiquette

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Denver Staffing Agency – Denver Job Seekers Need More Netiquette
Part 4 of 4: The Internet has its own culture, Netiquette.  Netiquette is the etiquette governing communication on the Internet.  Netiquette is a cyber-word with real world implications.  Netiquette, or net etiquette, is the social code of the Internet because the Internet is a network and etiquette is a social code.  The Golden Rule of Netiquette is to do unto others on the Internet as you would have done to you.  Good Netiquette involves respecting others' privacy and not doing anything online that will annoy or frustrate other people.  Thre …

Denver Staffing Agency – Email Etiquette, Top 10 “Don’ts" For Denver Job Seekers

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Denver Staffing Agency – Email Etiquette, Top 10  “Don’ts" For Denver Job Seekers
Part 3 of 4: When you are on the hunt for a Denver job, you must understand Email Etiquette or "Netiquette" in order to have a successful outcome to your job search. During your job search you will have to construct emails, send attachments as directed, and may be required to carry on an e-versation (electronic conversation) with Human Resource Managers, Recruiters, and Staffing Managers.   We have discussed the Top 10 Email "Dos"; now here are the Top 10 Email “Don’ts”.  The dos and the don'ts apply to anyone using email me …

Denver Staffing Agency – Email Etiquette, Top 10 “To Dos" For Denver Job Seekers

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Denver Staffing Agency – Email Etiquette, Top 10  “To Dos" For Denver Job Seekers
Part 2 of 4: When you are in the hunt for a Denver job, you must understand Email Etiquette or "Netiquette" in order to have a successful outcome for your job search. It is important to learn Email Etiquette Dos and Don'ts.  During your job search you will have to construct emails, send attachments as directed, and may be required to carry on an e-versation (electronic conversation) with Human Resource Managers, Recruiters, and Staffing Managers.  Here are the Top 10 Email “To Dos” to help you land the job that you want.   DO Bef …

Denver Staffing Agency – Email Communication Key in the Hunt for Denver Jobs

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Denver Staffing Agency – Email Communication Key in the Hunt for Denver Jobs
Part 1 of 4: Understanding the importance of a professional email address and email etiquette, particularly for those Denver job seekers and J. Kent Candidates looking for new employment opportunities, cannot be overstated. As a Denver, Colorado staffing agency, J. Kent Staffing receives and executes a vast majority of its business correspondence through the Internet, particularly email.   Our Denver Staffing Managers, Recruiters, Researchers and operations team manage and process millions of emails a year in order to conduct the complex business of staffing and recruiting.&nb …

Denver Staffing Agency – Entry Level Jobs for Recent College Graduates

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Denver Staffing Agency – Entry Level Jobs for Recent College Graduates
J. Kent Staffing, a Denver staffing agency has worked with recent college graduates in their quest for that first entry-level, professional, career opportunity in non-technical fields since 1979.  Needless to say, throughout the past three decades, our Denver Staffing Managers and Recruiters have experienced many different job markets and they recognize the job challenges faced by recent college graduates when the economy contracts.  Contracting markets such as we have seen between 2008 – 2011mean fewer good jobs especially for those non-technical majors.  J. K …

Denver Staffing Agency – New Career Opportunities in Electronic Medical Records

  • 3/30/12 |
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Denver Staffing Agency – New Career Opportunities in Electronic Medical Records
Top Denver staffing agencies are always looking to attract successful talent to enhance and increase their candidate pool with educated, skilled, qualified and trained staff. Likewise, as a staffing agency, if we are truly invested, it is also incumbent upon us to stay abreast of legislation at all levels that may impact our nation’s jobs and careers.  At J. Kent, our research team, Staffing Managers and Recruiters continually assess new career and Denver job opportunities.   Federal EMR Electronic Medical Records Mandate 2014/2015 Deadline Creates New Denver J …

Denver Staffing Agency Hires Contract Compliance Specialist

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Denver Staffing Agency Hires Contract Compliance Specialist
Denver Staffing Agency Hires Contract Compliance Specialist-Provides Seamless Payroll Services Staffing A Denver, Colorado public-private partnership to the tune of $2.085 billion is big, and big implies the need for a lot of qualified staff.  Whether it is professional talent, support staff or field personnel, on a project of this size, every person must be productive, and their contribution meaningful enough to bring the deliverables in on time, and on or under budget.  However, when every person counts, loss of trained and qualified staff members will affect work flow and tea …

Denver Staffing Agency Reports Significant Increases in January 2012 Staffing Orders

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Denver Staffing Agency Reports Significant Increases in January 2012 Staffing Orders
Denver Staffing Agency Sees Private Sector Job Creation Activity January 2012 was a busy month for J. Kent Staffing in Denver, Colorado as we have seen a significant increase in Denver metro staffing requests, and hiring over January 2011.  We are quite surprised by the surge of new orders.  It is good news for everyone, especially those of us in the private sector trying to provide jobs or help start careers for our qualified candidates and employees.  We understand the private sector job creation that we experienced, particularly by small business, is crucial to …

Who Tracks the Staffing Industry?
...Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economists and Wall Street

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Who Tracks the Staffing Industry?<br>...Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economists and Wall Street
Employment is just one measure of overall U.S. economic performance. In general, employment levels tend to increase as the economy expands and contracts during times of economic slowdown or recession.  However, changes in overall employment levels tend to be delayed in monthly labor reports, and appear later than the period in which the trend occurred—making them a lagging indicator of economic trends.  However, Denver staffing agencies and staffing agencies in general throughout the United States and globally have an excellent pulse on the economy and current hiri …

Colorado Staffing Agency-Denver Payroll Services for Contract Staffing

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Colorado Staffing Agency-Denver Payroll Services for Contract Staffing
If you are not able to determine the classification clearly, err on the side of caution and use a Colorado staffing agency or Denver temp agency to eliminate misclassification and costly consequences through the agency’s Denver payroll services. Independent Contractor or Employee? The Supreme Court has claimed there is no single test for determining if an individual is an independent contractor or an employee according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Even in legal terms, the line between an independent contractor and an employee is not always clear. However, the cost of misclas …

Colorado’s Minimum Wage Expected to Increase in 2012

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Colorado’s Minimum Wage Expected to Increase in 2012
Colorado Constitution Requires Annual Minimum Wage Adjustment for Inflation Article XVIII, Section 15 of the Colorado Constitution requires the Colorado minimum wage to be adjusted annually for inflation. The state minimum wage is tied to the Consumer Price Index for the Denver-Boulder-Greeley region. The pending increase is directed by a 2006 constitutional amendment that provides annual cost-of-living adjustments to the minimum wage.     28 Cent Increase Effective January 1, 2012   The proposed increase will be effective January 1, 2012  …

It's A Fact
...Staffing Companies Match Millions of People to Millions of Jobs

  • 10/16/11 |
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It's A Fact<br>...Staffing Companies Match Millions of People to Millions of Jobs
Jobs, Flexibility, Bridge, Choice, Training Jobs We're the jobs people. Staffing companies match millions of people to millions of jobs.   2.01 million people per day are employed by staffing companies in the U.S. 8.6 million temporary and contract employees are hired by U.S. staffing firms over the course of a year. 79% of temporary and contract employees work full time, virtually the same percentage as the rest of the work force. Flexibility The staffing indus …

“Are They Really Ready To Work?”: Employers' Perspectives on New Entrants to the Workforce

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“Are They Really Ready To Work?”: Employers' Perspectives on New Entrants to the Workforce
As the baby boom generation slowly exits the U.S. workplace, a survey of leaders from this consortium of business research organizations found the incoming generation sorely lacking in much needed workplace skills — both basic academic and more advanced “applied” skills.   In collaboration, The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conducted an in-depth study of the corporate/business perspective on the readiness of new entrants into the U.S. workfo …