In the Halls of Power

Towards Justice strategically engages with policy makers and public officials on issues that affect worker power and enforcement of workplace protections. That work can involve, among other things, (1) drafting comments to administrative agencies, including to the Colorado Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Labor; (2) testifying before state legislative bodies, as we have done in support of legislation to expand public enforcement of worker protections; (3) advocating before court administrators regarding access to courts for low-wage workers; and (4) drafting legislation, as we have done in support of legislation regulating no-hire, no-poach, and non-compete agreements, legislation that would create whistle-blower enforcement mechanisms for violations of state worker and consumer protection laws, and a city ordinance to expand city-level worker protections. We generally do not lead policy campaigns, but instead focus our resources on areas where we bring unique insight or expertise.

The Wage Order Campaign:

Towards Justice and our partners are pleased that the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) is reconsidering our state’s Minimum Wage Order this year.  We are encouraging the CDLE to expand the categories of employees covered by the Minimum Wage Order and 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.

Read more HERE.

Other examples of our work include:

  • Provide strategic guidance and drafting support at the national and state level for issues ranging from no-hire and no poach agreements in the fissured workplace to reforming arbitration laws in Colorado
  • Work with stakeholders to identify legislative changes related to Colorado’s Wage Claim Act, salary basis, mechanic’s lien protections, and other changes that build worker power
  • Collaborate with Colorado District Attorneys to combat wage theft and better enforce workplace protections
  • Call on the Polis Administration to Strengthen and Modernize the CDLE for the Benefit of Workers and Law-Abiding Employers in collaboration with local and national partners NELP, EARN, CO Fiscal Institute, and the Bell Policy Center. Full joint report available HERE.
  • Use administrative processes to comment on regulations promulgated by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to ensure that the wage theft claim process, wage order, and strategic enforcement priorities represent worker needs
  • Collaborate with Denver’s Consumer Protection Division regarding the creation of a city ordinance to prohibit wage theft as an unfair and deceptive act or practice and presentation of a comprehensive plan for protecting workers from the scourge of wage theft in collaboration with the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters and the Korbel School at the University of Denver. Full white paper available HERE.