Wage and Hour Laws
Colorado Wage Act
The Colorado Wage Act (C.R.S. 8-4-101 et seq.) requires Colorado employers to pay employees their earned wages in a timely manner. The Wage Act is commonly referred to as the Colorado Wage Law, the Colorado Wage Claim Act, or the Colorado Wage Protection Act. The law addresses deductions from wages, vacation, commissions, bonuses, final pay, pay periods and paydays, and pay statements.
Colorado Minimum Wage Order 31
Effective: January 1, 2015
Colorado Minimum Wage Order Number 31 establishes a new state minimum wage rate of $8.23. The Wage Order regulates overtime, meal and rest periods, tips and gratuities, uniforms, and record keeping for four major industries. More>
Division of Labor Authority
The Colorado Division of Labor has the authority to conduct an inquiry into allegations of violations of Colorado Wage Law.
Pursuant to Colorado Revised Statute 8-4-101(14)(a) "Wages" or "compensation" means:
(I) All amounts for labor or service performed by employees, whether the amount is fixed or ascertained by the standard of time, task, piece, commission basis, or other method of calculating the same or whether the labor or service is performed under contract, subcontract, partnership, subpartnership, station plan, or other agreement for the performance of labor or service if the labor or service to be paid for is performed personally by the person demanding payment. No amount is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable, at which time such amount shall be payable to the employee pursuant to this article.
(II) Bonuses or commissions earned for labor or services performed in accordance with the terms of any agreement between an employer and employee;
(III) Vacation pay earned in accordance with the terms of any agreement. If an employer provides paid vacation for an employee, the employer shall pay upon separation from employment all vacation pay earned and determinable in accordance with the terms of any agreement between the employer and the employee.
(b) "Wages" or "compensation" does not include severance pay.
Partial list of payment issues the Division may review
- Bounced Checks
- Bonuses and commissions
- Compensatory (Comp) Time
- Deductions from Pay
- Final Pay
- Methods of payment
- Pay periods, statements, and paydays
- Tipped Employee Wages
- Vacation pay
Issues that do not fall under the Division's authority
- Bankruptcy and insolvency
- Davis-Bacon Act/Prevailing Wages
- Holiday pay/leave
- Jury duty
- Retirement plans
- Severance pay
- Sick pay/leave
- Wages earned outside the state of Colorado
- Colorado Revised Statute 8-4-101 et seq (Colorado Wage Act)
- Senate Bill 14-005 (Wage Protection Act)
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