Improving Colorado’s Minimum Wage Order

Help Improve Colorado’s 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.

When do you work start working for free?

Are you a salaried worker who’s classified as exempt from overtime? Then after October 25th, you’re probably working for free. Because that’s the day when the average salaried worker — who puts in 49 hours a week— has already worked full-time hours this year. If you don’t get overtime pay when you work overtime hours, that means all your time for the rest of the year is effectively free for your employers.

What is your personal free time day? We built a calculator so you can figure it out!


Free Time Day comes with two months left in the year because more and more salaried workers are putting in more and more hours — and we’re not getting paid for it. That’s why here in Colorado, we’re calling on the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to update our state’s overtime rules so that every worker paid less than 2.5 times the minimum wage (about $62,400/year) gets time and a half when they work more than 40 hours in a week.

If you want to be paid for all the hours you work tell the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Make your voice heard!

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