Colorado News & Analysis

  • HR Technology

    Report says HR risks becoming irrelevant without modernization. A new report from KPMG finds that three in five HR leaders surveyed believe the HR function will soon become irrelevant if it doesnt modernize its approach to understanding the future workforce. One of the key findings highlighted in Future of HR 2020: Which path are you taking? centers on what the report calls HRs defining challenge: shaping the workforce. Fifty-six percent of the surveys HR respondents said that preparing the workforce for artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies will be the biggest challenge.

  • Federal Watch

    OFCCP encourages hiring military spouses. A November 2019 directive from the U.S. Department of Labors Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) encourages federal contractors to recruit, hire, and retain the spouses of veterans and active-duty servicemembers. Directive 2020-01, titled Spouses of Protected Veterans, will require OFCCP compliance officers to ask federal contractors during on-site investigations about their treatment of veterans spouses. The directive also provides a sample policy statement promoting equal employment opportunities for all military spouses that federal contractors can incorporate into their employee handbooks.

  • Do's and don'ts of female retention and advancement

    Research shows women are graduating from college and professional programs in roughly equal numbers to men—in fact, their graduation rates in many fields are outpacing their male counterparts'. And yet, when we look at the upper echelons of leadership, men greatly outnumber women. Many businesses are concerned by these trends and have invested in retaining women and minority candidates to ensure their success. But there's a right way and a wrong way to approach this problem. Below, we discuss a case study in "the wrong way."

  • Employee's arrest may not always lead to termination

    Suppose an employee has been arrested but not convicted and isn't likely to be released anytime soon. Is it better to put him in unpaid "leave" status or fire him? Unfortunately, there is no hard-and-fast rule. In some cases, discharging an employee for an arrest is illegal. In other situations, it may be legal but ill-advised. Then at other times, it may be legal and advisable to terminate. It will depend on a number of factors, including where the employee is working, the severity of the crime, and your state laws.

  • Understanding the basics of federal E-Verify program

    Employers often debate whether to use E-Verify—a free, mostly voluntary Web-based tool that allows them to verify the employment authorization of new hires. Just as Apple created a technological solution to the legal problem of rampant online music sharing by developing iTunes, E-Verify is often seen as a silver bullet to combat widespread document fraud enabling the employment of undocumented workers. But should employers use it?

  • Parental leave policies: what to know and what to consider

    As American tech companies continue to offer generous parental leave policies, the pressure increases on employers in other industries to consider and implement policies that allow employees time to bond with a new child. Although current federal law doesn't require employers to offer paid parental leave, the trend is edging that way. Ivanka Trump and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez both recently tweeted about paid parental leave being a priority. Given the rise in popularity of such leave and the political interest in the issue, employers must be ready to adopt appropriate parental leave policies.

  • Minimum wage: keeping up with the high cost of living

    As of January 1, 2020, Montana's minimum wage is increasing from $8.50 to $8.65 per hour. The increase applies to all Montana employers except farmers and ranchers who pay employees a fixed rate of compensation.

  • Recent changes for NM employers: ban the box, medical pot, minimum wage, and more

    As we look back on 2019, there have been quite a few laws passed affecting New Mexico employers. There are also changes, effective January 1, 2020, to the New Mexico Minimum Wage Act.

  • Handling office romance in #MeToo era: Know your options

    As Valentine's Day nears, love is in the air—and oftentimes in the workplace. Although workplace romance is common, it can make HR professionals fret about all the what-ifs. What if a relationship is between a supervisor and a direct report? What if rumors of favoritism poison the workplace environment? What if one or both participants is married to someone else? What if a couple's public displays of affection make coworkers uncomfortable? What if a relationship goes sour and the breakup affects morale? And perhaps the most important question to consider: What if a relationship is one-sided and is more accurately described as sexual harassment instead of consensual?

  • Something lacking in your workplace? Boosting employees' soft skills can help

    Anyone involved in recruiting and hiring knows the importance of assessing a candidate's skills. Does the candidate have the right training, experience, and credentials to do the job? But anyone in charge of hiring (or maybe even rehabilitating already-employed workers who aren't quite measuring up) knows that merely evaluating a candidate's hard skills isn't enough. More and more, employers are finding "soft skills" are essential in the workplace.