Tickets for Fright Fest 2012 at Elitch Gardens now available!

Fall is in the air, leaves are falling and it is time to get scared!  Spend a little goulish time around ghosts and goblins this October at Elitch Gardens.   With two haunted houses, live shows, costume contests and many other treats for the kids or kids at heart, you’ll have a great time any Friday, Saturday or Sunday in October.  To …

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 …

Are you missing $35,000?

Last week I was driving home. Not newsworthy. I was listening to a local Denver radio station. Again, who cares? But what you will care about or should care about is the story that unfolded. The DJ’s were asking callers to call in to confess their sins. As I listened to several accounts, I experienced many different emotions, but that’s …

Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Update

The current I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form expires August 31, 2012. The USCIS has not released an updated I-9, so what are employers to do?  The USCIS has released a notice on their website that states that employers are to continue to use the current version of the I-9 form until an updated version has been released. The full statement reads:  “Until …

Using Social Media to hire!

Recently, we wrote a blog specifically about requesting social media passwords for sites such as Facebook when interviewing applicants.  But when it comes to hiring your next great employee, there are many more social media concerns to think about than asking for passwords.  It is often common practice for employers to “do their due diligence” and conduct their own background …

Hawaii Age Discrimination case settles for over $193,000!

In the news this week is a story from Hawaii that is unbelievable.  According to public news reports, the owner of Hawaii Healthcare Professionals, Inc., Carolyn Frutoz-De-Harne, fired an office coordinator at her Maui facility in 2008.  The reason?  According to management witness statements, Ms. Frutoz-De-Harne ordered the firing because she felt the employee, Debra Moreno “looked old”, “sounded old …