Last week, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed HB17-1269, extending to public employees protections from being discriminated against for sharing wage data.
Currently under Colorado law, employers that are exempt from the federal National Labor Relations Act are not included in the state prohibition against engaging in discriminatory or unfair employment practices, such as disciplining or discharging employees, who inquired about, disclosed, compared, or otherwise discussed employee wages. The bill removes that exemption from the law and would apply the current law to those classes of employers, namely federal, state, and local governments, thereby extending wage transparency protections to all employees. The bill becomes effective August 9, 2017.