Colorado Employer's Law Blog

Colorado Employer's Law Blog

An Employer's Guide Through the Twists and Turns of Employment Law and Litigation, Including Collective and Class Actions.

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BREAKING NEWS: Nationwide Injunction Blocks the U.S. DOL’s Final Rule That Nearly Doubled the Minimum Salary for Exempt “White Collar” Employees

Posted in Fair Labor Standards Act, Human Resources, Misclassification

On Tuesday afternoon, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas (Sherman Division) entered a preliminary injunction in State of Nevada et al. v. United States Department of Labor et al., Civil Action No. 4:16-CV-00731, blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s Final Rule, which would have increased the minimum salary for “white collar”… Continue Reading

New Year, New Minimum Wage Increase

Posted in Background Checks, Colorado Wage Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Human Resources

As of January 1, 2013, Colorado’s minimum wage increased from $7.64 per hour to $7.78 per hour, with tipped employee’s minimum wage increasing from $4.62 per hour to $4.76 per hour. The Colorado Division of Labor adopted Colorado Minimum Wage Order Number 29 (PDF) to reflect the new state minimum wage.  The Minimum Wage Order… Continue Reading

Colorado’s Minimum Wage Increases 3.8%, to $7.64 Per Hour

Posted in Colorado Wage Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Human Resources

Effective January 1, 2012, Colorado’s minimum wage increased by $0.28, from $7.36 per hour to $7.64 per hour (for tipped employees, from $4.34 to $4.62).  This is $0.39 more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.   The new minimum wage requirement is set forth in Colorado Minimum Wage Order 28 (PDF) now in effect.… Continue Reading

There’s An App For That! The Bright Side to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Launch of iPhone App to Track Wages

Posted in Fair Labor Standards Act, Uncategorized

On May 9, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a news release announcing the launch of its first application for smartphones – a timesheet to help employees independently track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed.  The App, called “DOL – Timesheet,” is available to download for free on iTunes.… Continue Reading

It’s a Snow Day! Dealing with Inclement Weather and the Proper Payment of Wages

Posted in Colorado Wage Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Human Resources

I have received quite a few requests for inclement weather policies of late, and since the topic of “snow days” frequently arises this time of year, I wanted to provide some (hopefully) useful information for employers.  The question of whether an employer is obligated to pay employees for “snow days” depends largely on two questions: Is the… Continue Reading

Happy 72nd Birthday, FLSA – Time For An Overhaul

Posted in Fair Labor Standards Act

In 1938, during the Great Depression, Congress enacted the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to: “aid the unprotected, unorganized, and lowest paid of the nation’s working population; that is those employees who lacked sufficient bargaining power to secure for themselves a minimum subsistence wage.” At that time, we had an industrial workforce and most jobs had a… Continue Reading