Both the federal government and individual states require that certain posters be displayed in the workplace.
For federal requirements please visit this page, which includes an interactive application that will show you which posters are required by law for your business.
State of Colorado requirements can be viewed here.
The minimum wage in Colorado is $11.10 per hour as of January 1, 2019. Colorado reviews and revises this figure annually, based on the consumer price index (CPI) for the Denver Metro Area. Be sure to print and display a new poster each year. Remember, it must be displayed in a location frequently viewed by all employees, such as a break room. Please be informed about both the federal and the state minimum wage—you must pay the higher of the two.
The Colorado minimum wage poster can be downloaded here.
It is important that you maintain records for payroll, time sheets, employee files, and other information. Each of these has a specified mandated retention period that can last for many years. All of this varies by state.
According to the Department of Labor and the Fair Labor Standards Act, you must retain three years of employee time records.
Laws differ from state to state, but in all states, employees must receive overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. In Colorado, overtime also must be paid for hours worked over twelve in a workday.
No. Employees are not allowed to waive their rights to fair wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act regardless of an agreement or contract. All non-exempt employees must be paid overtime for hours worked in excess of forty per week. Please note that individual states may have additional requirements.
It depends. Paying a salary to someone does not always qualify him or her as an exempt employee—there are additional considerations. If he or she is salaried but not exempt, the employee’s hours must still be tracked and overtime must be paid. For more information on exempt status qualifications, please contact StaffScapes or visit the Department of Labor webpage.
Yes. However, their hours must be tracked and they must receive overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. Individual states may have additional requirements. In Colorado, overtime also must be paid for hours worked over twelve in a workday.
The U.S. Department of Labor outlines specific requirements that must be met to be eligible for exempt status. More information can be obtained here.
Yes. You are required to track time worked on a time card and pay overtime for hours above forty per workweek. Individual states may have additional requirements. In Colorado, overtime also must be paid for hours worked over twelve in a workday.
Wages must be paid on a regular basis and at least monthly. Colorado requires that all employees be paid within ten days of the last day of the pay period. Laws of other states may be different.
Under Colorado law, no, unless there has been criminal behavior by the employee that has been reported to the authorities.
If you have filed a police report and pressed charges, Colorado law allows you up to ten calendar days to conduct an audit after termination before remitting a final paycheck. If criminal charges are not filed within ninety days or the employee is found not guilty in a court of law and charges are dismissed, the employee is entitled to recover any withheld amounts. Individual state laws may differ. Currently, there is no federal law covering this issue.
According to the Department of Labor, employers are allowed to withhold standard payroll deductions such as taxes, insurance, 401k contributions, elective benefits and garnishments and similar court ordered deductions. Other deductions may be eligible if agreed upon in advance and documented in writing. These could include loans repayment, pay advances, goods or services, equipment, property and union dues.
This is subject to state law. Currently in Colorado, if the employee resigns, his or her check may be issued on the next normally scheduled pay date. If an employee is terminated and your payroll department is located on-site, you must issue the check at the time of termination. If the payroll department is not regularly scheduled for operation at the time, the check must be issued within six hours of the start of the next workday. If your payroll department is located off-site, you must issue the check within 24 hours of the next workday.
Generally, you must follow whichever one benefits the employee the most. However, if only one law is enacted, either federal or state, you must follow that guideline.
According to federal law, no individual under the age of 14 is allowed to perform any work covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act. Individuals aged 14-15 may participate in non-hazardous and non-manufacturing jobs, subject to limitations on the number of hours worked. There are no hourly restrictions for individuals aged 16-17; however, they are not allowed to work in industries that are considered hazardous. There are no restrictions for employees aged 18 and above.
Each state can have its own separate child labor laws, so be sure you’re in compliance with the laws of those states you operate in.
Not according to federal law. However, Colorado mandates a ten minute break for every four hours worked. In addition, a 30-minute unpaid lunch break is minimally required for employees working more than five consecutive hours. Laws of other states may differ.
No. All tips in excess of $20 per month must be reported to you as the employer. All tip earnings, regardless of the monthly amount, must be claimed as income and be taxed accordingly. For more information, please visit here.
Generally the answer is yes. However, individual circumstances affect compensable time. Please contact StaffScapes for guidance.
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