Pay Transparency Bill Passes First Test

(March 22) – A bill by Rep. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, and Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, to protect all employees in the state who wish to discuss wages with their coworkers passed the House Business Affairs & Labor Committee on a 10-3 vote.

“This bill is a measure to promote equal pay,” said Rep. Danielson. “One way that employees can determine if they are being paid fairly is by talking to each other about their pay.”

“For people to advocate for themselves, they need to know if they are being paid fairly,” said Rep. Salazar. “It’s only fair to protect any employee in Colorado who wants to find out this information.”

HB16-1156, Extending Pay Transparency to All Employees, will prohibit all Colorado employers from taking action against their employees for talking to each other about their pay.

This is one of the three equal pay bills sponsored by House Democrats this session. The other two bills are HB16-1001, Equal Pay in State Contracts, and HB16-1166, Fair Pay from the Start.

The bipartisan approval sends the bill to the House floor for second reading.

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