Colorado Wage Protection Act Signed

Last Thursday, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the Wage Protection Act into law. The bill aims to assist employees in receiving unpaid wages more quickly. It also authorizes the director of the Division of Labor in the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to establish an administrative procedure to adjudicate wage claims of $7,500 or less and issue citations and notices of assessments for the amounts due.

Business interests squashed a similar bill to the Colorado Wage Protection Act of 2014 last year. The bill returned without criminal penalties and passed through both chambers of the General Assembly in the first week of May.

While portions of the new law went into effect immediately upon Gov. Hickenlooper’s signature, the major portions affecting employers will not take effect until January 1, 2015. Click here to read an article from our June Bulletin by attorney Curtis Graves on the new law.