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Colorado Seeks Input on Paid Sick Leave, Minimum-Wage Rules

July 29, 2020, 8:20 PM

Possible changes to Colorado’s paid sick-leave law and inflation-related minimum-wage adjustments are to be the focus of informal discussions Aug. 20 and 21.

The state Division of Labor Standards and Statistics anticipates that it would undertake rulemaking related to some new laws, including those affecting paid sick leave and the minimum wage. The state plans to publish a notice of proposed rules by September, with each set of final rules taking effect by Jan. 1, 2021, the division said July 28 in an email to Bloomberg Tax.

The Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (S.B. 20-205), which took effect July 14, is the topic of an Aug. 20 meeting that is expected to address procedural changes, such as filing and investigating claims. However, substantive changes may be proposed to provide greater clarity or to address case-by-case determinations, the email said.

The Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Order No. 36, which generally took effect in March, is to be the subject of an Aug. 21 meeting. Rulemaking is expected to address any inflation-related adjustments to be made to the state’s $12 minimum wage, effective Jan. 1, as well as to consider stakeholder-suggested changes, the email said.

The public meetings are to be held remotely. Comments may be submitted by Aug. 21 with a form from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Those wishing to speak at the meetings should complete the form to submit a request.

Input also may be provided during a formal comment process or at any rulemaking hearing that would follow publication of proposed rules.

Also to be addressed at the meetings are the Public Health Emergency Whistleblowing Act (H.B. 20-14-15), which took effect July 11; the Colorado Partnership for Quality Jobs and Services Act (H.B. 20-1153), which took effect June 16 and has to do with the Colorado WINS state employee union; and the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (S.B. 19-085), which takes effect Jan. 1, 2021.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christine Pulfrey in Washington at cpulfrey@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Trimarchi at mtrimarchi@bloombergindustry.com

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