Employment INFO available

Not long before the COVID-19 pandemic occupied employers’ time and attention, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment began issuing interpretive notices and formal opinions — INFOs — providing guidance on employment laws and regulations.  INFOs offer the most detailed guidance issued by the CDLE in recent memory. Employers who don’t review these notices are […]

All in the FAMLI: It’s time to prepare for medical leave program

Colorado voters approved Proposition 118 in 2020, authorizing a state-run paid family and medical leave insurance (FAMLI) program.  The FAMLI program will provide paid leave for employees to take care of themselves and their families during circumstances that pull them away from their jobs — growing their families or taking care of loved ones with […]

Sins of wage mistakes costly

Class action wage and hour litigation is expected to “explode” in 2022, according to a report from the Seyfarth Shaw national law firm. The prediction is based in large part on the Biden administration’s new employee-friendly wage and hour regulations and a stated goal of increasing enforcement of wage and hour laws. The administration already […]

Employment laws in the making

In addition to regulatory changes already in place for 2022, state legislators have introduced measures that will affect Colorado employers if they become law. Here’s a look at just some of those bills:  House Bill 22-1216 — restrictive employment agreements. As I discussed in my column in January, Colorado ranks among the most restrictive states […]

Beware breaking law with noncompete agreements

Among the lesser-known changes to Colorado law for 2022 is Colorado Senate Bill 21-271. Effective Jan. 1, SB 21-271 amended numerous statutes, including an 11-word amendment to Colorado’s noncompete law to make violations of the law a criminal offense, specifically a class 2 misdemeanor.   Class 2 misdemeanors in Colorado are punishable by three to […]

Labor to comply: Employers face changing laws

The Colorado Legislature and Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, specifically the department’s Division of Labor Standards and Statistics (DLSS), have acted aggressively to reshape rules applying to the employee-employer relationship over the past two years. The year ahead will be no exception. Let’s look briefly at some of the changes coming in 2022. The […]

Beware legal issues with background checks

Employers frequently use background reports compiled by third parties as part of the screening process for prospective employees. While the practice is common, there are legal issues of which employers must remain aware. Requirements apply to background checks compiled by third-party screening agencies as opposed to in-house reference checks or records, including criminal histories obtained […]

Board signals labor relations changes

Robert Frost observed in his 1914 poem “Mending Walls” that good fences make good neighbors. Well-written employee handbooks, policies and procedures similarly help employees understand their roles, rights and responsibilities while providing a framework for productive employer-employee relationships.   The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) gives employees the right to engage in protected concerted activities […]

Vaccine mandates leave employers uncertain

A patchwork of COVID-19 vaccination mandates and new government rules has left employers uncertain of their legal rights and responsibilities. They’re wondering how to make sense not only of what’s happened but also what the future could hold. Several rules could affect Grand Valley employers. On Aug. 30, the Colorado Board of Health adopted an […]

Reduce risks in remote work

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to the way organizations operate and employ their work forces. Some changes have heralded a new normal from which there’s no going back. Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, estimates that by 2025, 70 percent of the work force will work remotely at least five days a […]