Colorado State Laws
Additional State Laws
Colorado Revised Statute Title 24 states: “The fact that a person has been convicted of a felony or other offense involving moral turpitude shall not, in and of itself, prevent the person from applying for and obtaining public employment or from applying for and receiving a license, certification, permit, or registration required by the laws of this state to follow any business, occupation, or profession.”
There are various exceptions, such as for individuals applying to work with vulnerable populations or as peace officers.
Effective August 3, 2019Increased Eligibility For Criminal Record Sealing
Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 1275 (HB1275), which makes it easier for residents to have certain criminal records sealed. A summary of this bill provided by the Colorado General Assembly states that HB1275 makes it easier to seal criminal records when:
HB1275 goes into effect on August 3, 2019.
Effective May 22, 2019Equal Pay Legislation
Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 85, known as the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. This legislation is designed to prevent gender-based wage discrimination. It states that Colorado employers:
Exceptions are made for:
The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act goes into effect on January 1, 2021.
Effective May 28, 2019Ban The Box
Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 1025, which created Ban the Box laws for CO employers. It prohibits employers from:
The Department of Labor and Employment will enforce these laws. An initial violation may result in warnings and an order of compliance. Additional violations could incur penalties.
Consumer Reporting Agencies may not product reports that include:
Employers can only use consumer credit reports if they are substantially related to the person’s current or potential job. They may be used if:
If an employer wishes to take adverse action based on the results of a consumer credit report, the employer must disclose that fact in writing and list what specifically led to the decision.