The Colorado Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws specifically set how much and when a worker must be paid.
The laws are set forth by state statute and non-exempt employers must comply with these laws. There are numerous exceptions to these laws based upon the type of employment, the classification of the job, the type and manner of compensation, and the size of the employer. There are also federal wage laws pursuant to the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that also set forth pay requirements from employers.
Colorado Overtime Pay Laws
Colorado Minimum Wage Order Number 27 requires payment of overtime to employees at the rate of one and one-half times the regular rate of pay for any work in excess of:
- 40 hours per workweek
- 12 hours per workday
- 12 consecutive hours without regard to the starting and ending time of the workday (excluding duty-free meal periods).
Colorado requires employers to pay employees overtime, unless an exemption applies. The two classifications of employees are exempt (employers do not need to pay the mandated minimum wage amount as long as the statutory exemption requirements are met) and non-exempt (employees under the age of 20 may be paid not less than $4.25 per hour for the first ninety (90) consecutive calendar days of employment. If employees received tips as part of their wages, they must be paid a minimum of $2.13 per hour and their total wages (wages + tips) must be equal or greater than the standard minimum wage rate.
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Colorado Minimum Wage Laws
By law, Colorado’s minimum wage must be increased annually to adjust for inflation. Colorado’s current minimum wage rate is $8.31 and applies to employees in the retail and service, commercial support service, food and beverage, and health and medical industries.
In addition to state minimum wage requirements, there are also federal minimum wage requirements. If an employee is covered by both state and federal minimum wage laws, the law which provides a higher minimum wage or sets a higher standard shall apply. An employer must also comply with federal minimum wage laws, which currently sets the federal minimum wage at $7.25.
If an employer chooses to pay employees minimum wage, the employer must pay those employees in accordance with the minimum wage law, either federal or state, that results in the employees being paid the higher wage. In most instance in Colorado, the state minimum wage law will apply as it generally guarantees a higher wage rate for employees than federal law.
Under the State law, employers in the retail and service, food and beverage, commercial support services, or health and medical industries, must provide employees with a ten (10) minute, paid break for every four (4) hours worked or major fraction thereof. The break should be in the middle of the shift, if practical. For workers in other industries other than the above mentioned, the federal rules apply. The federal rule does not require an employer to provide either a meal (lunch) period or breaks.
Colorado Minimum Wage & Overtime Laws Resource
An excellent resource for information is the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment website.
Largest Cities in Colorado Providing Jobs
The ten largest cities in the State of Colorado provide jobs and income to both their own residents and those from outside communities. These include jobs in both public sector and private sector. The cities are listed below:
- Northeast Jefferson
- Colorado Springs
- South Aurora
- West Adams
- Southwest Arapahoe
- Fort Collins
Commonly Asked Colorado Overtime Pay Questions
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- How much is overtime pay?
- Am I entitled to overtime pay?
- Does Colorado have mandatory overtime laws?
- What is the minimum wage and hour law?
- When is overtime owed?
- What is the overtime rate?
- How do I get my unpaid overtime pay?
Free Legal Advice For Colorado Unpaid Overtime Pay Claims
If you were not paid the required minimum wage pay or overtime pay, you have the legal right to pursue a wage claim against the past or present employer. There are strict time deadlines so you should contact our unpaid overtime lawyers today to determine whether you are owed unpaid wages. We will represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis so there are no legal fees or expenses unless we recover your unpaid lost wages for you.
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