Colorado Employment and Labor Law Updates 2023


December

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


November

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


October

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


September

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


August

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


July

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


June

Employer Assistance for Home Purchase Tax Credit

Bill

Senate Bill 1189 (2023)

Summary

Concerns an income tax credit for employer assistance to employees in making a home purchase.

Enacted

06/09/2023

Effective Date

08/08/2023

Topics

Wage_and_Hour: Benefits, Tax_credits


Public Employees Workplace Protection

Bill

Senate Bill 111 (2023)

Summary

Concerns public employees’ workplace protection from employer retaliation.

Enacted

06/08/2023

Effective Date

08/08/2023

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


Protecting Opportunities and Workers Rights Act

Bill

Senate Bill 172 (2023)

Summary

Concerns protections for workers against discriminatory employment practices; rejects the Severe or Pervasive standard for proof of workplace harassment in favor of a standard that prohibits unwelcome harassment; encourages employers to adopt equal employment opportunity policies to prevent and disincentivize illegal harassment and discrimination; encourages the the free reporting, discussion, and exposure of discriminatory or unfair employment practices.

Enacted

06/08/2023

Effective Date

08/08/2023

Topics

Agreements: Non-disclosure; Claims_and_Penalties: Attorney_fees, Costs, Damages, Injunctive_relief, Penalty, Punitive_damages; Employer_Obligations: Investigations, Recordkeeping; Prohibited_Practices: Discrimination, Harassment, Marital_status, Retaliation


Direct Care Workforce Stabilization Board

Bill

Senate Bill 261 (2023)

Summary

Creates the Direct Care Workforce Stabilization Board in the Department of Labor and Employment to review the direct care industry, which is the industry of workers who provide home-based or community-based direct care to individuals who require assistance in accomplishing activities of daily living; appropriates funds.

Enacted

06/05/2023

Effective Date

08/08/2023

Topics

Employment_relations: Direct_care_employee, Home_health_worker; Government: Board, Department/Agency; Industry: Direct_care, Home_care


Equal Pay for Equal Work

Bill

Senate Bill 105 (2023)

Summary

Requires the Director of the Division of Labor Standards and Statistics in the Department of Labor and Employment to investigate complaints or other leads concerning wage inequity and, upon finding of a violation, order compliance and relief; requires an employer to, among other things, for each job opportunity or promotional opportunity where the employer is considering more than one candidate, follow specific guidelines for posting the opportunity; appropriates funds.

Enacted

06/05/2023

Effective Date

01/01/2024, 01/01/2029

Topics

Employer_Obligations: Notice, Terms_and_conditions, Wage-range; Employment_relations: Current_employees, Hiring, Job_advertisements, Job_postings, Prospective_employee, Remote_employee


Veterans With Disabilities Property Tax Exemption

Bill

Senate Bill 36 (2023)

Summary

Provides that current law requires an individual applying for the property tax exemption for a veteran with a disability to submit the application to the Division of Veterans Affairs in the State Department of Veterans and Military Affairs; requires an individual to submit an application to the individual’s county tax assessor; requires an individual to include proof of qualifying veteran with a disability status.

Enacted

06/05/2023

Effective Date

06/05/2023, 01/01/2024

Topics

Employment_relations: Veteran; Wage_and_Hour: Tax_credits


Restrictions on Governmental Nondisclosure Agreements

Bill

Senate Bill 53 (2023)

Summary

Provides that no school district, board of cooperative services, public school, or any department, institution, or agency of a school district, board of cooperative services, or public school shall make it a condition of employment that an employee executes a contract or other agreement that prohibits, prevents, or otherwise restricts the employee from disclosing factual circumstances concerning the employee’s employment unless the prohibition is necessary to prevent disclosure of specified information.

Enacted

06/02/2023

Effective Date

08/08/2023

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


Paid Sick Leave

Bill

Senate Bill 17 (2023)

Summary

Allows an employee to use accrued paid sick leave when the employee needs to care for a family member whose school or place of care has been closed due to inclement weather, loss of power, loss of heating, loss of water, or other unexpected occurrence or event that results in the closure of the family member’s school or place of care, or to grieve, attend funeral services or a memorial, or deal with financial and legal matters that arise after the death of a family member; appropriates funds.

Enacted

06/02/2023

Effective Date

08/08/2023

Topics

Leave_laws: Bereavement, Child_care, Emergency, Sick


May

Rights of Coloradans with Disabilities

Bill

House Bill 1296 (2023)

Summary

Concerns the creation of a task force to study issues related to the rights of Coloradans with disabilities.

Enacted

05/26/2023

Effective Date

05/25/2023

Topics

Employment_relations: Disabled_employee; Government: Committee; Prohibited_Practices: Disability


Employee Ownership Tax Credit Expansion

Bill

House Bill 1081 (2023)

Summary

Increases the cap for converting a qualified business to a worker-owned cooperative or employee ownership trust and increases the cap for converting a qualified business to an employee stock ownership plan; expands the tax credit to include a specified percent of the costs of a qualified employee-owned business expanding its employee ownership by at least a specified percent, not to exceed a specified amount.

Enacted

05/23/2023

Effective Date

08/08/2023

Topics

Wage_and_Hour: Tax_credits


Current Pay Periods For State Employees

Bill

Senate Bill 180 (2023)

Summary

Relates to changes to the State’s payroll system to codify current pay periods for State employees; provides that salaries paid on a monthly basis for the specified month shall be paid on the first working day of a specified month; provides that this does not apply to institutions of higher education.

Enacted

05/17/2023

Effective Date

08/08/2023

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


Wage Theft Enforcement Fund Disbursements

Bill

Senate Bill 231 (2023)

Summary

Concerns the ability of the Division of Labor Standards and Statistics in the Department of Labor and Employment to disburse money in the Wage Theft Enforcement Fund to employees after an employer fails to make payments determined to be owed to the employees; makes an appropriation in connection therewith.

Enacted

05/17/2023

Effective Date

04/17/2023

Topics

Claims_and_Penalties: Wage_theft


April

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


March

Employer Notice of Income Tax Credits

Bill

House Bill 1006 (2023)

Summary

Relates to law that requires an employer to provide its employees with an annual statement showing the total compensation paid and the income tax withheld for the preceding calendar year; requires an employer to provide written notice of the availability of the federal and State earned income tax credits and child tax credits; provides that the written notice must be in English and any other language the employer uses to communicate with employees.

Enacted

03/31/2023

Effective Date

08/08/2023

Topics

Employer_Obligations: Notice; Wage_and_Hour: Earned_income_credit


Staffing Agency CAPS Checks

Bill

Senate Bill 40 (2023)

Summary

Requires a staffing agency that provides employees who will have contact with at-risk adults to perform a Colorado Adult Protective Services check and to provide the results to the employer.

Enacted

03/14/2023

Effective Date

01/01/2024

Topics

Industry: Hiring_agency


Employee Leave for Colorado National Guard Service

Bill

House Bill 1045 (2023)

Summary

Clarifies that a member of the Colorado National Guard or any other component of the military forces of the State who is an officer or employee of a public employer is entitled to a leave of absence from employment for training or active state military service for the equivalent of a specified number of weeks of work on the officer’s or employee’s regular work schedule each year.

Enacted

03/13/2023

Effective Date

03/10/2023

Topics

Employee_obligation: Documentation; Employment_relations: National_guard; Leave_laws: Military, Unpaid_leave


February

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


January

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.

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