(April 26) – A bill by Rep. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, to put an end to the secrecy around companies found guilty of wage theft earned final approval from the House this morning on a bipartisan 47-17 vote.
Wage theft refers to the illegal practice of paying employees less than they deserve by requiring employees to conduct work off the clock, violating minimum wage, not paying overtime or other violations of labor laws. Under current law, employers found guilty of committing wage theft are protected from public scrutiny because the information is classified as a “trade secret.”
HB16-1347, the Wage Theft Transparency Act, ends that classification and allows the information to be publicly available.
“Employers who are guilty of violating wage laws should not be shielded from public scrutiny,” said Rep. Danielson. “The Wage Theft Transparency Act allows information about these bad actors to be made public. We need to protect the people of Colorado who work so hard to earn their paychecks and if this bill passes, it will deter employers from engaging in such bad practices.”
Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry (CACI) testified as neutral during the first committee hearing, indicating there would be no negative impact on the Colorado business community.
The bill now proceeds to the Senate.