Statewide Mandate On March 22, 2020, Governor Polis signed Executive Statewide Order D 2020 013 (the “Statewide Order”) which requires all Colorado employers, with exceptions for certain industries discussed below, to reduce their in-person workforces by 50% unless the employer can certify that employees are no closer than six feet from one another during any […]

On March 21, 2020, the EEOC formally stated that its Pandemic Preparedness Guidelines (previously applicable to influenza only) (the “Guidelines”) are also applicable to COVID-19, and published its updated Guidelines with specific reference to COVID-19. The EEOC made clear that COVID-19 now poses a “direct threat”—a significant risk of substantial harm to the health or […]

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, mandating all employers who employ under 500 people to offer paid leave for certain COVID-19 related reasons Updated March 25, 2020 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) has several provisions directly relevant to all employers who employ […]

Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Effective March 16, 2020, Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Order (“COMPS Order”) #36 will go into effect, replacing Colorado Minimum Wage Order #35 and all prior minimum wage orders in Colorado. The COMPS Order sets a new state minimum wage, expands the COMPS Order applicability to all employers, […]

“Coronavirus” (COVID-19) The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (“Coronavirus”) has now reached Colorado and Governor Polis has declared a state of emergency. Colorado employers are wondering how best to protect their employees while also respecting employee rights and maintaining a normal workplace environment. This blog post briefly discusses the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s (“CDC”) recommendations […]

On May 28, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed HB-19-1025—known as “Ban the Box” into law. Like many other states, Colorado’s “ban the box” law prohibits employers from inquiring into the criminal history of job applicant initial job applications for potential employees. Laws like these were coined as “ban the box” laws due to employers often […]

Colorado’s New Equal Pay Law

On May 22, 2019 Governor Jared Polis signed the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (“EPEWA”), scheduled to go into effect on January 1st, 2021. The EPEWA applies to all Colorado employers, both public and private, and offers incentives to employers who proactively conduct self-audits of their compensation policies. Basics of the EPEWA: The EPEWA […]

For years, employers have made arbitration of employee disputes a requirement of employment by including arbitration agreements in their employment agreements or offers of employment. Often times, those arbitration agreements include class action and collective action waivers—meaning that employees are prohibited from pursuing lawsuits against their employers on a class action or collective action basis. […]