Some bills of interest to employers were introduced since the Colorado General Assembly convened last Wednesday. While it is too early to assess their likelihood of success, they are as follows:
HB17-1001 would enable an employee of an employer that employs at least 50 employees to take up to 18 hours of leave from work for purposes of attending his or her child’s academic activities. This is similar to the Parental Involvement in K-12 Education Act, which sunsetted in September 2015.
HB 17-1021 Current law requires employers to release requested information to the Division of Labor Standards and Statistics (Division) in the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and allows the Division to have access to employers’ premises and all books, records, and payrolls. Current law also prohibits the Division from releasing this information if doing so could reveal a trade secret. This bill clarifies that information obtained by the Division that relates to a finding by the Division of a violation of wage laws is not confidential and shall be released to the public or for use in a court proceeding, unless the director of the Division determines that the information includes specific information that is a trade secret.
SB17-001 would require a state agency to give a small business (fewer than 500 employees) a period of time to cure a first-time minor violation of a rule instead of enforcing the rule by imposing a fine.
SB 17-080 would reduce the amount of wages that may be withheld and paid under a garnishment.
SB 17-055 would prohibit an employer from requiring any person, as a condition of employment, to become or remain a member of a labor organization or to pay dues, fees, or other assessments to a labor organization or to a charity organization or other third party in lieu of the labor organization.
Two bills would modify the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA)
SB17-040 would modify CORA to include digital files.
HB17-1029 The bill would allow a custodian to deny access to confidential personal information records and employee personal email addresses. Clarifies that the provisions of CORA that relate to civil or administrative investigations and trade secrets and other privileged and confidential information apply to the judicial branch.
Other bills could affect employers indirectly due to their potential economic impact:
HB17-1068 would require that the Colorado Department of Transportation only consider proposals for public-private initiatives that pay prevailing wages for construction labor.
HB17-1051 would modernize the Colorado Procurement Code, which governs how most executive-branch agencies buy goods and services.
HB17-1063 would reduce the personal property taxes paid by a business by increasing the exemption from $7,300 to $50,000.
MSEC will continue to monitor those bills that relate directly to employment.