"News & Updates" Archives

  1. 5 Ways to Prevent Digital Overload

    by Cameron Bramwell

    Digital overload is exactly what it sounds like, an overwhelming flood of information and stimulation from digital devices, and according to a survey from Microsoft it effects at least 34 percent of all employees. What’s more is this near-constant access to digital technology can be stress inducing, which could negatively impact your mental well-being. To […]

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  2. What Determines Vehicle Safety Ratings?

    by Cameron Bramwell

    Although every vehicle sold in the United States must meet minimum safety requirements, the government also uses safety ratings to encourage consumers to purchase safe vehicles as well as to encourage manufacturers to focus on safety features. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 5-Star Safety Ratings measure the likelihood of an injury occurring in […]

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  3. Yes, Employee Stress is a Problem for Your Business

    by Cameron Bramwell

    No question, modern life is stressful. Most of us live in a pressure cooker of worries about work, money, health, family responsibilities like caring for children or aging parents, and the technology that keeps us in touch with everyone, all the time. What do those other elements have to do with the workplace? A lot. […]

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  4. Colorado Wage Payment Requirements

    by Cameron Bramwell

    Several federal laws regulate wage payments, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act. Colorado law also imposes state wage payment requirements. When federal and state laws are different, the law that is more favorable to the employee will apply. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) […]

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  5. Colorado Overtime Wage Laws

    by Cameron Bramwell

    Federal overtime wage payment requirements are governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In Colorado, these requirements are governed by the Colorado Wage Act (CWA). Under both laws, employees must receive one and one-half times their regular wage rate for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek. The Colorado Department […]

  6. Employees Can Be Fired for Off-Duty Marijuana Use

    by Cameron Bramwell

    A medical marijuana card is not a defense against an employer’s anti-drug policy, according to a ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court. The case involved Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic man who used medical marijuana to treat muscle spasms while off duty from his job at Dish Network. When he violated the company’s drug policy by […]

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  7. Supreme Court Changes Rules on Contraceptive Mandate

    by Cameron Bramwell

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    DID YOU KNOW? On June 20, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would expand Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave rights for same-sex spouses. The proposal would use the “place of celebration” rule, meaning that FMLA eligibility would be determined by legality of same-sex marriage in the state where the […]

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  8. Penalties for Pre-tax Contributions to Employee Individual Health Premiums

    On May 13, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued FAQs addressing the consequences for employers that provide employer payment plans. The IRS clarified that these arrangements do not comply with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) market reforms and are subject to an excise tax. Employer payment plans are arrangements in which employers reimburse employees […]

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  9. May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month

    by Cameron Bramwell

    Your most valuable asset is your ability to earn an income.  All of your future plans are built on the assumption that you will continue to earn a paycheck.  Think about what would happen if you stopped receiving your paychecks.  How would you support yourself? Your family? Your future?  The answer lies in disability insurance.  […]

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  10. Memorial Day 2014!

    by Cameron Bramwell

      Memorial Day is a great time to honor those who died while serving and protecting our country.  All the service men and women allow this country to truly be the land of the free and the home of the brave.  The holiday began being celebrated after the American Civil War, in which hundreds of […]