New Minimum Wage Rate for Colorado in 2009

The Colorado Department of Labor just announced the new minimum wage rate for 2009. The minimum wage rule enacted in 2006 to the Colorado Constitution requires the state’s minimum wage rate to be adjusted each year for inflation. The inflation adjustment is based on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the Denver-Boulder-Greeley combined area. …

Identity Theft Using Your Social Security Number

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. The Social Security Administration gives some tips on home to keep your social security number protected. Remember you Social Security number is confidential. Be careful about sharing your number with anyone who asks for it. Don’t make it easy for someone to steal your number. Identity thieves get your personal information …

Initiative #93 – Safe and Healthy Workplace

StaffScapes review of the devastating labor initiatives on the November Ballot. Initiative #93 would “allow an injured employee to bring an action in District Court for compensatory and punitive damages, if the employer fails to provide a safe and healthy workplace.” The term “safe and healthy workplace” is not defined in the initiative. This new action is available in addition …

Unemployment Rising

A recent Labor Departments report has listed an increasing toll to the housing, credit, and financial crises of the US economy. According to the report the nation’s unemployment rate zoomed to a five year high of 6.1 % in August 2008. Employers have eliminated 84,000 jobs. Proof the troubled economy is hurting workers and businesses together.  With an unemployment rate …

Initiative #92 – Employer Responsibility for Health Insurance

StaffScapes review of the devastating labor initiatives on the November Ballot. Initiative #92 would “Require every private employer with 20 or more employees to provide health insurance for both employees and their dependents.” The initiative also requires employers to pay at least 80 percent of the employee only premiums and 70 percent of dependent premium coverage. Employers who do not …

Is Your Company Prepared for an Emergency?

September is National Preparedness Month. This is a good time for you and your employees to prepare for workplace emergencies. In the case of a natural disaster, fire, explosion, or other workplace crisis, The Department of Homeland Security has a very useful website full of resources to help train your employees for any workplace emergency. To utilize these resources, go …

Initiative #76 – Allowable Reasons for Employee Discharge or Suspension

StaffScapes review of the devastating labor initiatives on the November Ballot. Initiative #76 would eliminate “at will” employment in Colorado, prohibiting employers from firing or suspending full-time employees except for reasons defined in the amendment as “just cause”.  The term “just cause” includes: incompetence; substandard performance; neglect of job duties; repeated violations of an employer’s written policies and procedures; gross …

PEO Brokers

StaffScapes, a regional Professional Employer Organization (PEO), is expanding its business model. Are you a PEO Broker or insurance agent looking to place business with a PEO or an insurance agent looking to keep your client from going to a PEO? StaffScapes is your solution for Colorado and the Rocky Mountain area. StaffScapes is a Denver PEO covering all of …

New Health Program in Alabama

New program in Alabama gives state employees the opportunity to be humiliated at work. The new program that has caused some questions will be brought to 37,527 state employees and cause at-work weigh-ins and fat tests. If an employee weighs over the “normal “BMI then they will be given two choices: either pay up or slim down. The cost for …

Why would a business use a PEO?

Business owners more than ever are selecting PEO’s to allow them to better focus their energy on income generating activities. Business owners want to focus their time and energy on the “business of their business” and not on the “business of employment.” As businesses grow, most owners do not have the necessary human resource training; payroll and accounting skills, the …