Colorado Enacts Equal Pay Law

Just over a week after significantly increasing the penalties for failure to pay correct wages, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 85 into law last week making Colorado the latest state to enact an equal pay mandate. The law will become effective on January 1, 2021 at which time employees who believe they were…

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Colorado Ups Wage Theft to Felony

One week ago yesterday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed HB 1267, An Act Concerning Penalties for Failure to Pay Wages, into law. The law provides that employers who refuse to pay a wage claim, falsely deny a wage claim with an intent to not pay, or underpay a claim as a means to harass or…

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Independent Joe #55 April/May 2019

This year on April 20, national food brands stepped up their cutesy cannabis promotions—to tie in with what has become an annual pot-lover’s holiday. The numerical designation 420 is slang for the consumption of cannabis. So on the 20th day of the 4th month, brands like Pizza Hut said “It’s high time for a brownie,”…

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Colorado Senate Kills Paid Family Leave Bill

Senators in Colorado succeeded in blocking adoption of a paid leave mandate in the Rocky Mountain state earlier this month as the Senate Finance Committee killed the Paid Family Leave Act for the year. Initially, the committee just tabled the measure to give sponsors enough time to draft amendments to make the proposal more palatable…

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Court Rulings on Franchise Issues

There were a couple of cases decided recently that we thought would be worth bringing to your attention. The first involved a question of choice of law and forum selection that originated in Ohio and transferred to the Arizona federal court. In its decision, the Arizona court invalidated a choice of law and venue provision…

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Right to Work States: 28 & Stalled

The national wave of states adopting right to work legislation hit a bump and stalled this past week when the Colorado House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted to kill Senate Bill 55, which would have prohibited any Colorado company from requiring union membership as a condition of employment. The demise of SB 55…

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What About Health Care?

With President-elect Trump promising to repeal Obama Care and both houses of Congress controlled by the Republicans, one could easily assume that the ACA will be repealed early on in the Trump presidency.  That may be easier said than done however.  Although it’s true that republicans will control both branches of Congress, they will not…

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Minimum Wage Hikes Pass

Voters in the four states that were considering minimum wage ballot initiatives this week approved all 4 measures on Tuesday.  The states of Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington each will see their minimum wages rise by varying amounts on different time schedules as a result of election day approvals.  Three of the four however (Arizona,…

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Colorado Rocky Mountain High

The late John Denver only sang of a metaphorical “Rocky Mountain High” – post-legalized recreational marijuana, it seems far more tangible today! A ballot initiative in Boulder Colorado that would impose a tax of $.02 per ounce on sugary drinks sold within the city is being challenged by residents.  The city council approved placing the…

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Colorado & Washington Voters To Decide Wages

It is now official, voters in two more states will be asked this fall whether their minimum wages should be increased.  This past Monday, advocates in Colorado submitted over 200,000 signatures, more than double the required 98,492, to place the question of mandating an increase in the state minimum wage on the November ballot.  The…

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