Colorado PERA Employers Receive Open Records Requests
Recently, Colorado employers who participate in PERA, the Public Employees’ Retirement Association of Colorado, have received requests for records under the Colorado Open Records Act. The requests ask for information about employees participating in PERA including their names, work addresses, and home zip codes. The requests are being made by the AFSCME Council 76, AFL-CIO. The AFSCME is the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. This is the largest public employee and health care worker union in the United States.
The Colorado Open Records Act covers certain public sector organizations within the state and requires them to provide access to documents that meet the Act’s definition of a “public record.”
We have not heard of similar requests being made of public sector employers in other states. As you may expect, employers receiving these requests have many questions. For more information about Colorado Open Records Act requirements and to discuss your organization’s response, please contact our Labor Relations Department.