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How to avoid getting hit by Wage and Hour

Employers, HR directors and payroll managers have a lot on their plate with compliance. It’s extremely difficult to stay up on all the changes and details of local, state and federal employment compliance topics. Wage and Hour investigations might not be as familiar as OSHA or IRS audits, but their notoriety is increasing due to… Continue Reading How to avoid getting hit by Wage and Hour

As we read about the latest bank settlement with the federal government, it may seem that $7 billion is a hefty fine to be paid by Citigroup. Apparently it’s not. Citigroup’s shares were up 3 percent after the settlement, so someone must think it’s a good deal. Some may argue any settlement is better than… Continue Reading Who should be culpable for Citigroup’s bad dealings?

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Have you ever had one of those days when all you could think was, “Gosh, do I need a vacation.” Of course you have, because all work and no play aren’t good for anyone. A vacation doesn’t have to be two weeks on a tropical island, or even a long weekend at the beach. A… Continue Reading Take a vacation from your vocation, because it works

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Grants to UCCS Aging Center support elder care and caregivers

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Aging Center was recently awarded three grants, totaling more than $500,000, from the Colorado Health Foundation, Caring for Colorado Foundation and the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments’ Area Agency on Aging. A two-year $372,708 Colorado Health Foundation grant and a $75,000 Caring for Colorado grant will support the center’s… Continue Reading Grants to UCCS Aging Center support elder care and caregivers

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The stereotype for retirement is fishing, gardening, horseback riding or playing golf — and not doing much else. The classic idea of retirement as a life of uninterrupted leisure is evolving. With people living longer, they’re more active in early retirement, and many choose to focus this energy on a retirement lifestyle much different from… Continue Reading How much will you need to enjoy your retirement?

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How vital is your neighborhood to your well-being? How would you describe your neighborhood to someone looking to relocate? How would you rate your neighborhood’s social, physical and economic climate? Economic — Are there businesses located within a few miles of your home? Do you have choices for going out to eat nearby? Are you… Continue Reading Let’s plan together for a sustainable future

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Small business owners are bottom-line oriented. They make decisions based on what makes financial sense. More times than not, however, doing right by their employees is just as important as the almighty dollar in the decision-making process. Small employers know a positive work environment means increased productivity, which in turn improves their bottom line. This… Continue Reading Colorado small business owners say raise the wage

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Whose great ideas are those, after all?

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Our Constitution guarantees some protection for inventions to provide incentives for geniuses of all stripes. By now the protection of patents and copyrights has become a legal industry under the catch-all phrase “intellectual property.” The question remains, should one’s ideas be legally protected against infringement? Is it fair for me to use someone else’s ideas… Continue Reading Whose great ideas are those, after all?

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Kaiser Permanente is unique in Southern Colorado in that we function as a health insurer and a health care provider. This integrated system allows us to provide our members with affordable, high-quality care. Patient care delivery is led by the Colorado Permanente Medical Group, a team of more than 1,000 physicians serving as the “Permanente”… Continue Reading Kaiser developing relationships with local physicians

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Drake: No talk about premature death?

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Recently the Regional Business Alliance hosted a panel discussion on Martin Drake Power Plant’s future. It wasn’t a shock that nobody spoke in depth about available alternatives to coal-powered energy production, but I was genuinely surprised that nearly no attention was paid to the pollution Drake emits onto our 600,000-plus residents, employees, students and visitors.… Continue Reading Drake: No talk about premature death?

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