Colorado Hours of Work laws & compensation compliance analysis

Colorado Hours of Work: What you need to know

The basic workday in Colorado is 8 hours. For workers covered by the state’s Minimum Wage Order, Colorado requires payment of an overtime premium equal to half the employee's hourly wage for each hour worked over 40 in a workweek, 12 in a workday, or 12 consecutive hours without regard to the starting and ending time of the workday, whichever calculation results in the greater payment of wages. (CO Admin. Code Tit. 7 Sec. 1103-1). Colorado’s Minimum Wage Order regulates wages, hours, working conditions, and procedures for certain employers and employees in the retail and service, commercial support service, food and beverage, and health and medical industries.
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"Work time" defined. Under Colorado’s Minimum Wage Order, the time during which an employee is subject to the control of an employer, including all the time the employee is “suffered or permitted to work,” whether or not required to do so, is work time. Requiring or permitting employees to remain at the place of employment awaiting a decision on job assignment or when to begin work or to perform cleanup or other duties “off the clock” is time worked.
Coverage. The following employees or occupations are exempt from the state’s Minimum Wage Order:
• Administrative, executive/supervisor, professional, outside sales employees, and elected officials and members of their staff,
• Companions, casual babysitters, and domestic employees employed by households or family members to perform duties in private residences
• Property managers
• Interstate drivers
• Driver helpers
• Loaders or mechanics of motor carriers
• Taxi cab drivers
• Volunteers
• Students employed by sororities, fraternities, college clubs, or dormitories
• Students employed in a work ...

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