Department of Labor and Employment Seeks Public Comment on Revising Colorado Minimum Wage Order

Date: March 6, 2019
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003
Fax: (303) 318-8070

(DENVER) -- The Division of Labor Standards and Statistics today announced that it is seeking public comment on revising portions of the Colorado Minimum Wage Order regulation, 7 CCR 1103-1.

The wage order not only regulates wages but also hours, working conditions and procedures for certain employers and the Division of Labor Standards and Statistics, which is a part of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, would like to receive input from Coloradans on three specific topics.

  1. Industry Coverage:  The Colorado Minimum Wage Order 35 regulates only four industries: (1) Retail and Service; (2) Food and Beverage; (3) Commercial Support Service and (4) Health and Medical.  Should Colorado expand the categories of covered employees in Section 1 of the Minimum Wage Order?
  2. Minimum Salary for Exempt Employees: Should Colorado implement a minimum salary required to be paid to employees covered by the exemptions in Section 5 of the Minimum Wage Order? If so, what should that minimum salary be?
  3. Your Comments:  Are there other changes to Colorado Minimum Wage Order 35 that should be given consideration?

Comments regarding any of these questions should be submitted to the Division’s Rule Coordinator Michael Primo at  When providing comments, please include “Minimum Wage Order” in your subject line.  The deadline to submit written comments is Friday, August 16, 2019. All written comments will be publicly available on the Division's website

In addition to collecting written comments, the Division will likely also convene meetings with stakeholders to learn first-hand about the issues and concerns surrounding Colorado’s Minimum Wage Order.  Each of these meetings will be an opportunity for community voices to be heard, for people to get involved in the conversation and for questions to be raised.

The information extracted from the written comments submitted and from the public meetings will help focus the Division’s work in developing the formal rulemaking process for the Minimum Wage Order, pursuant to the State Administrative Procedure Act, C.R.S. § 24-4-101, et seq.

While the tentative schedule to begin rulemaking on or before November 15, 2019, the Division will remain flexible meeting that deadline.  In determining the impact of changes to the Minimum Wage Order on various industries, the Division may discover it must convene more listening sessions than originally planned.  Research may also be needed and perhaps a meeting with members of the Executive Branch prior to formal rulemaking.

“In this initial stage, we need to hear what is on people’s minds with regard to Colorado’s Minimum Wage Order,” says Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Joe Barela.  “Providing feedback starts an important dialogue that is vital in moving forward.”

Additional information on Colorado’s Minimum Wage Order is available here.