Colorado General Assembly Adjourns this Week

The Colorado General Assembly’s First Regular Session will adjourn on May 10, 2017. With the First Regular Session coming to a close, the General Assembly has acted by postponing indefinitely several bills that would have impacted Colorado employers. In the General Assembly, “postponed indefinitely” means “defeated for the year.”

The following bills were recently postponed indefinitely by the Colorado General Assembly:

HB17-1290 Retirement Savings Plan – This bill would require employers in Colorado to participate in a state-sponsored retirement savings plan. Postponed indefinitely by the Senate Committee on State, Veterans, and Military Affairs on April 26, 2017.

HB17-1305 “Ban the Box” – This bill would prohibit an employer from seeking salary history information from an applicant. Postponed indefinitely by the Senate Committee on State, Veterans, and Military Affairs on May 1, 2017.

HB17-1307 “FAMLI” – This bill would have created a Family and Medical Leave Insurance program to provide partial wage replacement for workers taking leave under certain conditions. Postponed indefinitely by the Senate Committee on State, Veterans, and Military Affairs on May 3, 2017.

Although these bills were postponed indefinitely during this session, it is likely we will see these or similar bills introduced in the future. Bills cannot be resurrected from year to year, but must be re-drafted and introduced as new bills in the following year. Thus, the bills on the same subject can vary in details if introduced next year, but are likely to return in some form.

MSEC will continue to monitor legislative updates for our members on employer-related bills.