$640 million in bonds sold.  Funds to help unemployment account in Colorado.

On July 2, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced that the State of Colorado had sold $640 million in bonds to help lower the associated costs to business owners related to unemployment costs.  Since the recession began in 2007, job losses across Colorado have depleted the unemployment fund. As a result, the state has borrowed close to $600 million from the …

Overtime Claims rejected by U.S. Supreme Court

On June 18, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of SmithKline Beecham Corporation in a groundbreaking FLSA overtime compensation case that will most likely affect many small businesses.  The case brought by Michael Christopher & Frank Buchanan (Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corporation) primarily centered around two pharmaceutical sales representatives who claimed they were owed overtime pay for …

7 preparation tips for emergency business evacuations

Our thoughts go out to those who have been affected by the number of fires burning in our beautiful state of Colorado and to the men and women fighting on the front lines to contain the flames.  A few months ago we posted a general blog about emergency preparedness.  Although evacuations from fire differ from other natural disaster plans, we …

Social media password requests

In recent press there has been a lot of talk about applicants having potential employers ask for their passwords to view social media profiles such as Facebook.  Some employers view this as a reasonable request as they want proof of character and work ethic.  Applicants feel this is an invasion of privacy and that what they do on their own …

Background Checks.  What they include and why you should do them.

You’ve found someone to hire that appears to be the “perfect” candidate.  Now, you have two options.  Hire without doing your due diligence or hire after a thorough review.  Although there is something to be said about listening to your intuition or gut instinct, the latter is our recommendation.  Generally, the following checks are included in a standard background screening: …

Discount tickets to Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park now available!

StaffScapes is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Elitch Gardens to offer you, our valued clients and employees, discounted tickets to its theme and water park.  Valid on any regular operating day, your pass allows you to bypass ticket waiting lines and get straight to the fun!  For just $27.99 per ticket (regularly $43.99) you will receive one full admission ticket …

Hero 2 Hired

Are you an employer who is currently hiring or plans to hire this year? Would you like to support America’s service members at the same time?  We’d like to share with you important information about a new program designed to help Guardsmen and Reservists find full-time civilian employment. The Hero2Hired (H2H.Jobs) website program was recently launched by the Office of …

5 Key Tips To Avoid Hiring The Wrong Employee

As a business owner, you know how important it is to hire the best employee for your business.  Someone who is a good fit with your company culture, someone who is great at the job they have been hired for and someone that you hope will stay on your payroll for some time.  But how do you know for sure …

Summer heat – 6 tips for preventing illness while working outdoors

With Summer quickly approaching, it’s time to think about preventing illness while working outdoors.  The following are suggestions to prevent heat stroke and other heat related issues while working in hot conditions: 1. Be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses. These include headache, dizziness, weakness, confusion, irritability, thirst, nausea and vomiting.2. Protect yourself from direct sunlight when …

The 4 P’s of Growth & Prosperity – Partners

Note:  Recently, StaffScapes had the pleasure of presenting at a local Chamber of Commerce luncheon. During this speech, we focused on points to help the small business owner grow and prosper in 2012.  We have taken this speech and created a series of blogs we will post based on each of the 4 P’s we feel are critical to your …