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2015 CADA Provisions

Posted on 11/13/2014 by Becky Page

On May 6, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 13-1136. This expansion to the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) has been in effect since that date, and most of the bills provisions went into effect as of August 7th, 2013, but small business owners in particular should be aware of a significant provision of the bill that goes into effect on January 1st, 2015.

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Average Salary Budget Increases in 2014

Posted on 9/23/2014 by Becky Page

When it comes to salary budget increases, the Mile High City is decidedly average. According to WorldatWork's 2014-2015 Salary Budget Survey, Denver is on track to meet the national average across the country. According to an infographic provided by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the average salary budget increase in Denver is projected to be 3.0 percent for 2014, while the national average is projected by WorldatWork and other studies cited by SHRM, specifically a study by the Hay Group and the Conference Board, to be the same.

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Generational Challenges in the Workplace

Posted on 8/28/2014 by Becky Page

If you perceive tensions developing in your workplace between younger managers and older workers, you're not alone. According to a special report by the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships recently profiled by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a generational gap in workplaces across the country is leading to increased friction and conflicts between multiple generations of American managers and workers over communication and leadership styles.

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HRP Alert: FLSA Enforcement

Posted on 7/31/2014 by Becky Page

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently noted that the Department of Labor has targeted employers within the oil and gas industry, most notably companies located in the Southwest and Louisiana, for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). SHRM recently profiled six companies in the oil and gas industry that have agreed to pay minimum, regular, and overtime back wages to both blue- and white-collar workers. A Department of Labor spokesman informed SHRM that 2014 is the second year of an FLSA strategic enforcement initiative targeting the oil and gas industry, and the initiative is active with cases ongoing.

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HRP Alert: Employee Health Reimbursements

Posted on 6/17/2014 by Becky Page

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has just released a new Question and Answer statement entitled Employer Health Care Arrangements. In this statement, the IRS has reiterated a declaration made in IRS Notice 2013-54 (PDF): If an employer does not establish a health insurance plan, they cannot reimburse employees for premiums they pay for health insurance through a qualified health plan acquired either in or out of the Marketplace. According to the IRS, "such arrangements are described as employer payment plans. An employer payment plan...generally does not include an arrangement under which an employee may have an after-tax amount applied toward health coverage or take that amount in cash compensation."

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HR Plus Recruitment Services

Posted on 5/13/2014 by Becky Page

Did you know that Human Resources Plus can help you recruit outstanding candidates for your open positions? For years we have assisted our clients with recruiting, mostly through referrals, and we have achieved a number of successful long term placements.

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Electronic Cigarettes

Posted on 4/29/2014 by Becky Page

E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, are skyrocketing in popularity among many tobacco users. These battery-powered devices enable users to inhale a nicotine-infused vapor, and they do not require the use of fire or produce smoke, ash or carbon monoxide. Although the health effects of e-cigarettes are not as well-established as traditional cigarettes, many tobacco users believe that e-cigarettes are not as physically offensive or disruptive as regular cigarettes. However, employers are free to ban or restrict the use of e-cigarettes at work and on company property in the same manner as regular tobacco products.

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The ADA, FMLA and Substance Abuse

Posted on 4/1/2014 by Becky Page

Employers who must deal with employees battling substance abuse may be surprised to learn that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) handle the issue of detoxification differently. When an employee seeks treatment for an addiction, it is important to understand if these laws apply and if the employee is entitled to any protections or accommodations.

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OSHA Inspections

Posted on 3/18/2014 by Becky Page

A workplace inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is usually not a pleasant experience, and it is important for an employer to act and react in ways that will avoid or mitigate fines, citations and/or other enforcement actions.

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Colorado Amendment 64

Posted on 3/4/2014 by Becky Page

The recreational use of marijuana is now legal in Colorado, at least according to "Amendment 64: The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012", which went into effect on January 1st, 2014. Even before this amendment was approved by Colorado voters on November 6th, 2012, employers in the state have expressed confusion over its effects on drug-related employment policies. While confusion does exists in regards to the true legality of the sale, cultivation, and consumption of marijuana and marijuana-derived consumable products in Colorado and other states in relation to federal law, the amendment is very clear when it comes to employment law in Colorado - employers may still test and subsequently discipline employees, up to and including termination, for marijuana use, even for medical purposes.

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