Bill Inspired by Rocky Mountain PBS News Report Overcomes Hurdle

A bill inspired by a Rocky Mountain PBS investigation unanimously passed out of the state’s House Judiciary Committee Thursday afternoon, April 21. Now it faces consideration by the House. House Bill 16-1347 updates a 100-year old law that shields violators of wage and hour laws, such as minimum wage and overtime, from public scrutiny. Under the law’s current interpretation, state labor authorities consider records of wage and hour law violations confidential “trade secrets” and exempt them from the Colorado’s open records laws, as we reported last spring. That means consumers, businesses and employees can’t find out whether the companies they want to patronize, compete against, or work for are treating their employees fairly under the law. Continue Reading →