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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

  • 3/18/19 |
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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 …

Job Postings & Descriptions - Are Yours ADEA Compliant?

  • 7/17/18 |
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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?

  • 6/21/18 |
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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. …