Colorado Exempt Employees laws & compensation compliance analysis

Colorado Exempt Employees: What you need to know

Under Colorado's Minimum Wage Order, employers in certain industries must pay each employee overtime in the amount of 11/2 times the employee's regular rate for hours worked in excess of 12 in a day or 40 in a workweek (CO Admin. Code Tit. 7 Sec. 1103-1).
Colorado provides an exemption from the overtime requirements for exempt executive/supervisory, administrative, and professional employees.
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Colorado defines an exempt executive or supervisory employee as one who:
• Is a salaried employee earning more than the minimum wage for all hours worked in a workweek;
• Supervises the work of at least two full-time employees;
• Has the authority to hire and fire, or to effectively recommend the hiring of a prospective employee or firing of an employee; and
• Spends a minimum of 50 percent of the workweek in duties directly related to supervision.
Colorado defines an exempt administrative employee as one who:
• Is a salaried employee;
• Directly serves the executive;
• Regularly performs duties important to the decision-making process of the executive;
• Regularly exercises independent judgment and discretion in matters of significance;and
• Has the primary duty of work that is nonmanual in nature and directly related to management policies or general business operations.
Colorado defines an exempt professional employee as one who:
• Is a salaried employee;
• Is employed in a field of endeavor;
• Has knowledge of an advanced type in a field of science or learning customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction and study; and
• Is employed in the field in which he or she is trained ...

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