The Importance of Job Descriptions

I recently read an article in the PEO Insider magazine written by Paula Watkins, SPHR, that talked about how many employers do not have job descriptions that properly protect them when reviewed against the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA).  In general, Ms. Watkins points out that when President George W. Bush signed the ADAAA into law in 2008, …

Colorado State Minimum Wage Increase Finalized for 2013

The Colorado minimum wage increase for 2013 has been approved. The rate will increase to $7.78 per hour. The state of Colorado has also posted the new Minimum Wage Poster which will need to be posted at all worksites by the first of January. StaffScapes will be sending out to all of our clients the updated poster shortly. If you have any …

Establishing a dress code for your office

It seems that dress code is a sticky situation today for some offices. Gone are the days of wearing dress suits daily and understanding proper choices for clothing when at work. Today, the norm can feel like tank tops, jeans, graphic t-shirts and shorts at the office. If your work environment matches these clothing choices, there is absolutely nothing wrong …

To Disclose or Not to Disclose, that is the question!

It has been a bad year.  You were diagnosed with an illness, you filed for divorce and as a result, you are bankrupt and now need to file Chapter 7.  You try hard not to let your personal life affect your life at work, but sometimes it just does.  So, do you tell your boss and co-workers what you are …

Do we all pay the same for medical charges?

A Denver Post article written by Michael Booth and published on November 2, 2012, sheds an interesting light on the current and future pricing of health care services. According to Mr. Booth, a new database has been created and released to the general public. Maintained by the Center for Improving Value in Health Care, this database is designed to compare …

Confused About the New Marijuana Law?

Confused About the new Marijuana Law? Are you wondering how this will affect your business, employees and clients? Can you fire employees for testing positive for marijuana? What about Colorado’s anti-discrimination law that prohibits termination for lawful off-duty activity? Do you need to make changes to your Drug-Free Workplace policies? How will your insurance policies be affected (ie. workers compensation, general liability, product liability, etc.)? What …

Voting requirements for employers

On Tuesday, November 6, Americans will cast their vote for the next President of the United States as well as many additional important political positions and amendments. As an employer, you may have questions regarding your requirements for allowing your employees time away from work to vote.  According to the Colorado Secretary of State, and Revised Statute §1-7-102, employers must allow …

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  At StaffScapes, we wanted to bring to you information regarding disability awareness, what is considered a disability and some statistics regarding employment of disabled workers. The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) requires all employers with 15 or more employees to provide qualified disabled individuals with the same employment-related opportunities as their non-disabled co-workers.  Discrimination in …

The Benefits of Vision Care

Voluntary benefits can increase job satisfaction, reduce expenses, improve productivity and help set you, the employer apart from your other competitors when recruiting key staff for your business.  It also is a primary factor in the decision employees make to stay with their employers when compared to job opportunities that do not offer benefits. Last year we shared with you …

Stripper Poles and Workers’ Comp.

After 40 years of living, I know I still have a lot to learn.  But in those 40 years, I’ve also experienced a lot and seen some really strange things.  So imagine my surprise when I read a publicity pitch a few weeks ago on tow hitch stripper poles.  Got that picture?  After I quit laughing from the images describe …