Colorado Telecommuting laws & HR compliance analysis

Colorado Telecommuting: What you need to know

With the high cost of commuting and initiatives for reducing traffic, public and private employers in the state are increasingly allowing employees in eligible positions to telecommute one or several days a week.
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To extend the state’s promotion of telework to private employers, the Remote Work Initiative provides resources to all employers and provides a telework certification program for remote managers and employees. More information is available at cdle.colorado.gov
In an effort to encourage remote work, the “Flexplace” alternative scheduling program began in 2007 for eligible employees in state departments and state higher education institutions. In 2021, the state government launched an initiative to move 20 percent to 30 percent of its workforce to remote locations permanently.
The program is not considered an employee benefit, but a discretionary management tool. Flexplace schedules are intended for one day per week or selected days of the month; however, full-time telework may be used to accommodate persons with disabilities. Employees may work from state satellite offices or from home. Workers must get permission from supervisors and sign written telecommuting agreements, and there are no changes in their compensation, benefits, or status if they participate in Flexplace.Information is also available at www.colorado.gov.
The state has also included teleworking as part of its emergency pandemic readiness plan.
There are no special provisions for industrial homeworkers; however, homeworkers should be compensated in the same manner as on-site workers, whether the pay is determined.
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