Several changes go into effect at the beginning of the new year. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will see six new sets of rules become effective January 1, 2021.

The new rules are listed here by ShermanHoward.com:

  • STATE LABOR RELATIONS RULES: Passed to facilitate labor-management partnership agreements between employees in the state personnel system and the executive branch of state government.
  • COLORADO OVERTIME AND MINIMUM PAY STANDARDS ORDER #37: Governs minimum wage, overtime, rest and meal breaks, and other aspects of Colorado wage and hour law. COMPS #37 also incorporates some regulations pursuant to the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA), which establishes a paid sick leave benefit for most employees in Colorado.
  • WAGE PROTECTION RULES: Implements parts of the Colorado Wage Act as amended by the Wage Protection Act and the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act.
  • EQUAL PAY TRANSPARENCY RULES: Implements Part 2 of the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.
  • COLORADO “WARNING” RULES (The Colorado Whistleblower, Anti-Retaliation, Non-Interference, and Notice- Giving Rules): Details the Division’s authority to enforce certain provisions of the Public Health Emergency Whistleblower Act, the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act, the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, the Chance to Compete Act, the COMPS Order, the Colorado Wage Act, and other important state labor and employment statutes and regulation. Emergency rules were adopted on September 21, 2020, and there are few changes to the new rules to take effect on January 1, 2021.
  • DIRECT INVESTIGATION RULES: Details the Division’s authority to investigate potential violations of various labor standards. The Division’s authority includes enforcement of the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act, the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, the Public Health Emergency Whistleblowing Act, the Chance to Compete Act, and other state labor and employment laws. Emergency rules were adopted on September 21, 2020, and there are few changes to the new rules to take effect on January 1, 2021.
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