Sunday, 09 December 2007 17:00

Colorado Economy

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Colorado's economy will continue to grow steadily in 2008.

Colorado's economy will grow at slower rate in 2008 with a 1.9 percent increase in jobs, largely in the service industries.

University of Colorado economist Richard Wobbekink says"the Colorado economy seems to be going along a pretty good clip and doesn't seem that shaken by national events."

The University of Colorado at Boulder Leeds School of Business will present its annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook forum on Monday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Denver Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1750 Welton St. 

Economic Outlook Forum

As reported in the Rocky Mountain News today, four employees that where held at gun point and robbed have been fired.

The four employees have been fired for not following company procedure. When being robbed by what appears to be someone with inside knowledge the employees did not enter an alarm code when opening the company safe. The robber's told employee not to enter any funny code or they would be shot.  The employee's feared for there lives and did as the robber's instructed.

ACE Cash Express believes that if everyone follows procedures then all employees are save. By not following procedure it buts customers and employees at risk.

The four employees where all called in shortly after each incident thinking that they may receive some counseling but instead where fired. The four employees have hired an attorney and have filed suit.

Is this a responsible thing to do to your employees? Does it set a bad precedent? Should employees be held responsible for this type of incident? Should the employer take other action?

As this case moves forward in the court system I will keep you posted.

Robbed then fired, workers battle bosses at cash store

Thursday, 08 May 2008 18:00

American Idol remains at the top!

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TV reality shows are top subjects around the water cooler, put employees say it is not on company time.

American Idol is the most talked about television program in the workplace for the third consecutive year, according to the latest Spherion Workplace Snapshot Survey conducted by Harris Interactive.

Most popular talked about shows:

33% American Idol

15% Dancing with the Stars

13% Lost

10% CSI

7% Grays Anatomy

6% The Office

What hasn’t changed is American workers’ view that talking about television can be good for the workplace. This year’s survey found that 40 percent of U.S. workers said talking about television at work increases office camaraderie, a slight decrease from 44 percent in 2007. Moreover, 52 percent of workers ages 30-39 believe it increases office camaraderie, more than any other age group.

Can employers stop this or is it a good think to encourage?  Learn more about policy and suggested handbook procedures by contacting StaffScapes.

Source: Spherion

Thursday, 13 March 2008 18:00

Economic Stimulus Payment Notice

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Economic Stimulus Payment Notice

Dear Taxpayer:

We are pleased to inform you that the United States Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, which provides for economic stimulus payments to be made to over 130 million American households. Under this new law, you may be entitled to a payment of up to $600 ($1,200 if filing a joint return), plus additional amounts for each qualifying child.

We are sending this notice to let you know that based on this new law the IRS will begin sending the one-time payments starting in May. To receive a payment in 2008, individuals who qualify will not have to do anything more than file a 2007 tax return. The IRS will determine eligibility, figure the amount, and send the payment. This payment should not be confused with any 2007 income tax refund that is owed to you by the federal government. Income tax refunds for 2007 will be made separately from this one-time payment.

For individuals who normally do not have to file a tax return, the new law provides for payments to individuals who have a total of $3,000 or more in earned income, Social Security benefits, and/or certain veterans' payments. Those individuals should file a tax return for 2007 to receive a payment in 2008. Individuals who qualify may receive as much as $600 ($1,200 if married filing jointly). Even if you pay no income tax but have a total of $3,000 or more in earned income, Social Security benefits, and/or certain veterans' payments, you may receive a payment of $300 ($600 if married filing jointly).

In addition, individuals eligible for payments may also receive an additional amount of $300 for each child qualifying for the child tax credit. For taxpayers with adjusted gross income (AGI) of more than $75,000 (or more than $150,000 if married filing jointly), the payment will be reduced or phased out completely. To qualify for the payment, an individual, spouse, and any qualifying child must have a Security number. In addition, individuals cannot be dependent of another taxpayer or they filed a 2007 Form 1040NR, 1040NR-EZ, 1040-PR, or 1040-SS.

All individuals receiving payments will receive a notice and additional information shortly before the payment is made. In the meantime, for additional information, please visit the IRS website.