Sick leave for employees.
Under SB20-2-05, commonly called the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act employers with 16 or more employees are required to provide paid sick leave to their employees beginning Jan. 1, 2021. It will be accrued at one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 48 hours per year. All other employees will be required to provide the paid leave beginning on Jan. 1, 2022.
Whistleblower protection during public health emergencies.
House Bill 20-1415 provides workers with additional rights and was enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It adds protection for workers who raise health and safety concerns. Emergency rules were enacted in 2020 but some changes take effect on Jan. 1.
Pay disparity prevention.
Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (SB19-085) builds upon the federal Equal Pay Act passed in 1963 prohibiting a wage differential based on sex, including gender identity.
Employers of any size are required to announce to all employees employment advancement opportunities and job openings, and a position’s pay range, including a list of benefits, for the opening.
New Minimum wage.
Effective Jan. 1, 2021, the minimum wage will increase from $12 per hour to $12.32. In 2006, Colorado voters approved a ballot measure tying the annual minimum wage to inflation, except for 2017-20, when it rose by larger amounts due to a 2016 ballot measure raising the minimum wage to $12 by 2020.