Direct Care Workers
Who is a Direct Care Worker?
“Direct care workers” work in the healthcare industry, in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. The term “direct care workers” usually includes Nursing Aides, Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and Companions, but can encompass other worker types.
For more information about whether you might be a Direct Care Worker, visit our Direct Care Worker webpage.
Workers' Rights for Direct Care Workers
Direct Care Workers, in almost all cases, have the same rights/protections under Colorado law as all other workers, with a few narrow industry and worker-specific exceptions. Worker rights include:
- Timely wage payment
- Overtime Pay
- Direct Care Base Wage rate or Colorado Minimum Wage (whichever is higher)
- Break Times
- Payment for Time Worked, including Certain Travel Time
- And more!
Visit our Direct Care Worker webpage for details on workers’ rights, employers’ responsibilities, and information about Colorado’s Direct Care Workforce Stabilization Board.
Required Reporting for Healthcare Staffing Agencies
Senate Bill 22-210 requires all Supplemental Health-Care Staffing Agencies (SHSA) to provide a report to the Division of Labor Standards and Statistics (DLSS) as a part of a collaborative data collection effort by DLSS, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Department of Health Care and Public Financing (HCPF).
For more information, visit our Required Reporting by Healthcare Staffing Agencies webpage.