Colorado Overtime & Minimum Pay Standards (COMPS) Order #36

Last Updated August 26, 2020

The Division of Labor Standards and Statistics in the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment replaced the annually issued Minimum Wage Order with Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Order ("COMPS Order") #36. The COMPS Order, like the prior issued wage orders, is the source of critical Colorado wage rights and responsibilities beyond those provided by federal law: eligibility for the Colorado minimum wage, overtime pay for work past 40 hours per week and 12 hours per day, meal and rest breaks, and other employee and employer rights and responsibilities, such as what wage deductions are permissible, how hourly rates are calculated from non-hourly pay for overtime, and posting the Order's provisions to employees for ease of access. INFO # 1: Colorado Overtime & Minimum Pay Standards Order (COMPS Order) #36 summarizes key parts and interpretations of COMPS Order #36.The Division's Statement of Basis, Purpose, Authority, and Findings offers more detail on the nature, basis for, and findings underlying all changes. The Colorado Overtime & Minimum Pay Standards (COMPS) Order #36 Poster is also now available in English and 10 other languages: Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, French, Mandarin, Nepali, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

The public hearing on COMPS Order #36 was held on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 3:00 pm at the Colorado Division of Labor Standards and Statistics, 12th Floor Conference Room, 633 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202.The hearing was transcribed, and a draft of the transcript is publicly available, in addition to all the comments received, and the transcript of the Division's pre-rulemaking public meeting which took place on August 28, 2019 (scroll down to find these documents).

COMPS Order #36 took effect March 16, 2020, with three narrow modifications based on developments since the original January adoption of COMPS Order #36, yielding the current version of COMPS posted above. The Statement of Basis, Purpose, Authority, and Findings accompanying the spring 2020 modifications explains the modifications considered and adopted at that time.

Following is the appropriate contact information to communicate with us about the COMPS Order.
On the rule-making process: Email:
Press inquiries: Email:
Employer or employee questions on substance of COMPS rules: Call (303-318-8441) or Email:


AMENDED MINIMUM WAGE ORDER 35 (Jan. 1 - Mar. 15, 2020)

Pursuant to Section 15, Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution, these temporary rules in effect January 1 - March 15, 2020, increase the state minimum to $12.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2020, and conformed the Colorado Minimum Wage Order #35, 7 CCR 1103-1, to statutory changes to C.R.S. Title 8.

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