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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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Planning for Disasters

Posted on 2/11/2014 by Becky Page

In 2013, the tragic flooding in Colorado demonstrated that catastrophic disasters can strike almost anywhere. Businesses should protect their employees and their assets with a comprehensive disaster and business continuity plan. What are some of the elements of comprehensive disaster and business continuity plans, and what should your business specifically do to help your employees during a disaster? Last year, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) released highlights from a disaster planning session conducted at a SHRM conference.

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Effective January 1st: Colorado Minimum Wage Increase

Posted on 12/31/2013 by Becky Page

Did you know that on January 1st, 2014, the Colorado Minimum Wage will increase from $7.78 to $8.00 for most workers and from $4.76 to $4.98 for “Tipped Employees”? This increase marks the fourth rise in the Colorado minimum wage since January 1st, 2010. Although the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, employers must pay whichever minimum wage is higher. In order to remain in compliance with Colorado state law, employers must automatically increase the hourly wage of any employee making less than $8.00 an hour effective January 1st.

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Flu Season

Posted on 12/17/2013 by Becky Page

“Flu Season” is upon us, and it is important for employers to be aware of the damaging effects a workplace flu outbreak can have on employee health and wellness and workplace productivity. Fortunately, implementing a few simple, economic steps to encouraging proper hygienic practices and discouraging behaviors that spread infectious diseases can help mitigate the damaging effects of flu season in your workplace.

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Featured Client: Ski Butlers

Posted on 12/1/2013 by Becky Page

Our members come from all industries, represent all sizes, and are important to us! We are excited to support the growth and success of our members by publishing business profiles here on our blog and in our e-newsletter. We encourage you to discover how they might help you or your business be successful – we are happy to make the introduction!

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Introducing HRP Audits

Posted on 11/7/2013 by Becky Page

One of the more frustrating elements of HR compliance is knowing that “you don’t know what you don’t know”. Where does your business stand when it comes to HR compliance? Are you fully compliant, partially compliant, or do you really have no idea if your business is compliant or not? Fortunately, an HR audit from Human Resources Plus can restore your peace of mind and avert the costly consequences of an official government regulatory compliance audit.

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Human Resources Plus Awarded 2013 Circle of Safety Award

Posted on 10/22/2013 by Becky Page

We are proud to announce that Pinnacol Assurance has awarded Human Resources Plus, Inc. (HRP) the 2013 Circle of Safety Award. HRP and 59 other Pinnacol Assurance policyholders from across the state of Colorado were honored by Pinnacol for “...exemplary performance in safety, loss control, and financial and claims management. HRP is delighted to have received this award for the fourth year in a row and we consider it an honor to be ranked among 60 of Pinnacol Assurance's safest and most responsible business customers in the state of Colorado.

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EPL Insurance

Posted on 10/8/2013 by Becky Page

During difficult economic times, small businesses and privately-held companies find it natural and sometimes vital to reduce costs in order to say competitive. Many of these businesses and companies have reduced costs in a number of unorthodox ways; unfortunately, the results of a recent survey by the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies entitled “Chubb 2010 Private Company Risk Survey” indicate that many privately-held companies are reducing costs by scaling back, eliminating and sometimes simply omitting Employment Practices Liability (EPL) insurance protection. While this may reduce costs in the short-term, it can lead to an increased risk of disastrous financial losses from EPL charges and lawsuits in the future. Chubb learned that the number of companies purchasing EPL policies fell from 2007 to 2010, which they note is a period that “roughly” encompasses the recent recession and financial crises in America. As of 2010, only one in four private companies are covered by EPL insurance policies.

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