Get Ready for Another Increase to the Colorado State Minimum Wage

The Consumer Price Index for Denver Boulder Greeley has increased by 3.8%, which means a new minimum wage rate for 2012. 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 …

Final pay requirements

The decision has been made.  You have chosen to end the employment relationship between you and one of your employees.  You suspect that they have been stealing tips from the cash drawer and pocketing them as their own.  You are pretty sure the week’s haul amounts to $425.  Given the suspected amount qualifies as a felony, you want to deduct …

Proposed Rule in Colorado Imposes Fines for Employee Misclassification

The Department of Labor and Employment has submitted a draft proposed rule to establish fines associated with employee misclassification. If this rule is approved and enacted, an employer who willfully misclassified an employee as an independent contractor will be fined by the CDLE. The CDLE will fine first offenders 5% of each misclassified employees annual gross wages or $100, which …

HHS Issues New Guidelines on Women’s Preventive Services

On August 01, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced guidelines regarding health insurance plans and what was required to be covered for preventative services for women.  We have summarized a recent newsletter post by BLR here and have listed covered services below.  They include: Well-woman visits Contraception without charging a co-payment, co-insurance, or a deductible Screening for gestational diabetes …

Ridiculous Unemployment Ruling Shows What is Wrong with the System

Back in March of this year, the Maine Unemployment Insurance Commission overturned a lower ruling and awarded unemployment benefits to an employee that was fired for illegally downloading 800 music files onto her work computer. The Portland Press Herald reported that after the employee was fired, she sought unemployment benefits and was initially denied. However, the Commission overturned the denial 3-0 stating, …

Understanding Professional Employer Organizations

If you are investigating contracting with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) for your human resources and payroll processing needs, we encourage you to contact us at 303-466-7864 or info@StaffScapes.com. As a PEO, we are your local trusted advisor dedicated to helping you focus on your employees, increase your profits and protect your assets.  Recently, we read an article by Anthony Jernigan …