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Minimum Wage

Colorado's current minimum wage rate is $8.00.
For more information on Colorado's minimum wage laws, visit our Colorado Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.
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Overtime

Colorado requires employers to pay employees overtime at a rate of 1½ time their regular rate when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek, more than 12 hours in a workday, or 12 consecutive hours without regard to the workday. Colorado requires employers to pay employees overtime, unless an exemption applies, at CO Div. of Labor Advisory Bulletin 10(I). Federal overtime laws may also apply. For federally-defined exemptions and other federal overtime laws see FLSA: Overtime.
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Meals and Breaks

Colorado employers doing business in the retail and service, food and beverage, commercial support services, or health and medical industries, must provide their employees with a meal period of no less than thirty (30) minutes when they work more than five (5) consecutive hours. The employee must be relieved of all duties during the entire thirty-minute meal period. This "duty-free" meal period may be unpaid. When it is not practical because of the nature of an employee's job to permit a "duty-free" meal period, the employee must be permit to consume an "on-duty" meal and must be compensated for the break time. CO DOL Advisory Bulletins and Resource Guide. Colorado employers in the retail and service, food and beverage, commercial support services, or health and medical industries, must provide employees with a ten (10) minute, paid break for every four (4) hours worked or major fraction thereof. The break should be in the middle of the shift, if practical. CO DOL Advisory Bulletins and Resource Guide. Colorado does not have any meal or break requirements for employers in industries other than retail and service, food and beverage, commercial support services, and health and medical, thus the federal rules apply. The federal rule does not require an employer to provide either a meal (lunch) period or breaks. However, if an employer chooses to do so, breaks, usually of the type lasting less than twenty (20) minutes, must be paid. Meal or lunch periods (usually thirty (30) minutes or more) do not need to be paid, so long as the employee is free to do as they wish during the meal or lunch period. DOL: Breaks and Meal Periods.
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Vacation Leave

Information about Colorado vacation leave laws may now be found on our Colorado Leave Laws page.
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Sick Leave

Information about Colorado sick leave laws may now be found on our Colorado Leave Laws page.
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Holiday Leave

Information about Colorado holiday leave laws may now be found on our Colorado Leave Laws page.
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Jury Duty Leave

Information about Colorado jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Colorado Leave Laws page.
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Voting Leave

Information about Colorado voting leave laws may now be found on our Colorado Leave Laws page.
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Severance Pay

Colorado law does not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract. CO DOL Advisory Bulletin and Resource Guide.
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