Improving Colorado’s Minimum Wage Order

Having convinced the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) to reconsider portions of the state’s Minimum Wage Order, Towards Justice and our partners are working hard to ensure that the agency hears from Colorado workers and their champions this summer.  The CDLE asked the public to submit comments by August 16, 2019 about whether to expand the categories of employees covered by the Minimum Wage Order and whether to implement a minimum salary for employees who may be exempted from overtime under the managerial/executive and administrative exemptions.

The CDLE has immensely broad authority to set “standards of conditions of labor and hours of employment not detrimental to health or morals of workers.” C.R.S. 8-6-106. Now is our chance to make worker voices heard.


Too many workers in Colorado don’t receive all the protections of Colorado wage-and-hour law. Construction workers, agricultural workers, and manufacturing workers aren’t entitled to overtime under state law or state-mandated rest and meal breaks. If you believe all workers in Colorado should be guaranteed meal and rest breaks, make your voice be heard by submitting a comment HERE.


Time is precious and too many people in Colorado work long hours without overtime pay. Under current state law, it is too easy for employers to abuse exemptions from overtime for managerial and administrative employees.  We should restore overtime pay for workers who earn below a minimum salary.  With an increased salary threshold, Colorado employers will value worker time, and encourage them to spend time with children, in the mountains, volunteering, or reflecting if long hours are not necessary to get the job done.  And when long hours are necessary, employers will pay time and a half to essential workers to compensate them for working more than 40 hours in a week or 12 hours in a day.  Help explain that to the CDLE by submitting a comment HERE.

Upcoming Events

 For Attorneys

PELA and Towards Justice are excited to offer you a 2 Credit CLE program on May 29, 2019 discussing statutory and regulatory changes to Colorado wage and hour law.  This program is FREE if you agree to use what you learn to assist a Colorado organization in preparing and submitting comments to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment in response to that agency’s informal rule-making on the Wage Order this summer.

CLE:  Colorado Wage-and-Hour Law: Statutory and Regulatory Changes on the Horizon

DATE:  May 29, 2019

TIME:  12:15-2:15pm

LOCATION:  Busse Board Room, Mile High United Way, 711 Park Avenue, Denver, CO 80203

This short-term project is a great way to get involved in re-shaping Colorado wage and hour law and representing clients who would otherwise go unrepresented.


For Partners

For Workers

Make your Voices Heard!

Comment on expanding overtime rights HERE

Comment on expanding Minimum Wage Order coverage HERE