Colorado State Minimum Wage Set to Increase Again for 2013

The Consumer Price Index for Denver Boulder Greeley has increased by 1.8%, which means a new minimum wage rate for 2013. 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 …

Workplace Conversations

My relationship is a little like that of political consultants, James Carville and Mary Matalin. Known as fierce defenders of their individual political beliefs, they don’t hold back any opinion regardless of what the other might think. The Democratic National Convention ended last week and as I patiently (with just a few defending arguments) listened to the opinions of my significant …

Changes to Small Group policies with Anthem

Last week, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado made a significant change to their small group policies that will impact many small business owners. According to recent updates, owners will see their premiums increased by up to 15 percent for employees that smoke and who are a part of their policies. Higher rates have been charged for smokers …

Key Indicators of Workers’ Compensation Insurance in Colorado

A workers compensation seminar that I attended a couple weeks ago had a brief presentation from our state Director of Workers Compensation, Director Tauriello. A couple of interesting and telling key indicators were presented from the Director. He stated that NCCI, The National Council on Compensation Insurance, has recently completed an analysis and found that Colorado is right in the …

Health Exchanges in Colorado

During the next couple of years, various Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) regulations will be required.  These include mandates for all businesses with 50 or more employees to provide health care and for all individuals to maintain a policy through either their employers or on their own. To assist in this process, the State of Colorado has created …