On April 13, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) held a public meeting on misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The meeting was held to elicit comments for a statewide study.
In June 2009, Colorado enacted a law allowing anyone to file a complaint alleging that an employer is misclassifying its employees as independent contractors. The law, codified as C.R.S. § 8-72-114, allows CDLE to impose hefty fines for “willful” misclassifications. It also allows employers to request an opinion from the CDLE on whether an individual should be classified as an independent contractor or employee.