Governor Polis has recently signed two pieces of legislation in to law.
“Ban the box”. Colorado has now become the 12th state to prohibit employers in the public and private sector from asking about criminal history on job applications. Any reference that asks an employee about criminal history – felonies, misdemeanors, arrests, etc. must be removed from any employment application that is being used, electronic or otherwise. Employers can still run background checks if they customarily do so on all prospective hires that they are offering employment to on a contingent basis.
“The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act” provides protections and promotes equity for workers of all genders to attempt to equalize pay protections. This is a good reminder for all employers to review each of their workers’ wages to ensure that similar workers are being paid for similar work.