Colorado Violence in the Workplace laws & safety compliance analysis

Colorado Violence in the Workplace: What you need to know

State Requirements
Prohibiting Weapons in the Workplace

Private employers may limit, restrict, or prohibit weapons in the workplace, including those brought to the workplace by individuals who have been issued a concealed weapons permit by the state. A permit to carry a concealed weapon does not authorize a person to bring a handgun into a place where carrying firearms is prohibited by federal law, into a public building with security personnel or electronic weapon screening permanently in place, or onto the property of an elementary, middle, junior high, or high school (unless stored in the individual's locked vehicle or permitted individual is a security officer employed or retained by a school district or charter school) (C.R.S. Sec. 18-12-214).

Domestic Violence Leave Law
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Employers must allow employees to take up to 3 days of leave in any 12-month period, with or without pay, if the employee is the victim of domestic abuse, stalking, sexual assault, or of any other crime that includes an act of domestic violence. An employee is entitled to use this leave only to protect himself or herself by:

  • Seeking a restraining order to prevent domestic abuse
  • Obtaining medical care or mental health counseling or both for himself or herself or for his or her children to address physical or psychological injuries resulting from the act or crime
  • Making his or her home secure from the perpetrator or seeking new housing to escape the perpetrator, or
  • Seeking legal assistance to address issues arising from the act or crime.

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