The storms of this winter have left employers scratching their heads about withholding employee pay for missed work days. Should an employer pay its employees when the business is closed because of snow? The answer depends on whether employees are exempt or non-exempt under the Fair labor Standards Act (FLSA). Exempt and non-exempt are not the same as salaried versus hourly. That an employee is paid on a salary basis is only one test that must be satisfied in order to qualify for an overtime exemption. An employee must also satisfy the minimum salary test and the job duties test.
The outcome was set in stone, supporters believed. But opponents never gave up. And the opposition prevailed. “I was counting votes,” said a member of the Highway 115 Citizens Advisory Committee. “Sometimes I thought they heard us, sometimes I thought not. It was up and down, then they went into closed...
When Linda Weise moved the Colorado Springs Conservatory into its location in southwest downtown, she told then-Mayor Steve Bach: “Don’t leave me alone out here; make sure there are other businesses.” Five years later, Weise’s Conservatory — a nonprofit dedicated to providing performing arts training to area schoolchildren — is...

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Employee turnover has begun. We're hearing from more and more clients and researchers that the most competent people have begun to leave for new jobs. In most cases, the employers we interview tell us that they have been surprised at their departure, and their rate of departure, of their...
To the Editor: As a Colorado Springs native, I’ve always been disappointed in my hometown always thinking of itself as small. My outlook over the years has been shared with various business leaders and mayors: Colorado Springs is at the base of the mountains; Denver and Pueblo are not. But our...
If you ask Coloradans what’s the biggest threat to our national security, they’ll probably say things like terrorism, a rising China or a nuclear Iran. Cyber-terrorism and North Korea would probably also make the list. But you’re not likely to hear the word “sequestration” — a provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011 that […]
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Open records and open meetings assure transparent governing. It’s that simple. Any argument for closing records should be met with both skepticism and alarm. Why? Because keeping records from the public keeps important — sometimes vital — information from the people  appointed and elected officials pledged to serve. In this case,...
Every January, without fail, some intrepid reporters covering the state Legislature in Denver do a little digging and come up with a few interesting stories, based on a sampling of proposed bills that are beginning to work their way through the General Assembly. Sometimes those first stories come out before...
The issue: The National Cybersecurity Center needs a dedicated source of funding. What we think: If we want to create cybersecurity jobs,  the NCC needs to spend more time creating programs and less time raising money. It’s time for state and national leaders to put their money where their mouths are. For months, we’ve heard...
Dear Editor, I read with interest the article entitled "Lessons from the success of downtown Springs." As one who lived in Portland, Ore., I can attest to the importance of mixed use in a successful downtown. When I arrived last year to live and work in Colorado...
“We can so do this!” said Amanda Miller last Saturday as we waited to start the Copper Triangle, a 78-mile bike ride through the mountains. We’d be riding from Copper Mountain resort up Fremont Pass and down to Leadville on Colorado 91, up U.S. 24 to Tennessee Pass, Battle Mountain and Minturn, then the long […]
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All politics, all the time! At least, that’s how it feels if, like me, you’re a political junkie blundering through the blogosphere. It’s as if you’ve wandered into a huge, geeky party where everyone is articulate, analytical, argumentative and obsessively political. It’s as addictive as daytime television, or supermarket tabloids, or golf, or fly-fishing or … well, let’s not go there.
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