Colorado wage law does not require nor prohibit any paid holidays, and does not require nor prohibit any extra pay for working on holidays. When an employee is paid for a non-work holiday, the holiday hours do not count towards overtime unless actual work was performed on the holiday.
Colorado wage law does not require nor prohibit severance pay. Severance pay is a benefit offered by employers at their own discretion. Severance pay is not wages or compensation for the purposes of the Colorado Wage Act.
Please see "References" below for more information on paid sick leave that may be required by state or federal law.
- Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Order ("COMPS Order") #37(Rule 4)
- Colorado Revised Statutes 8-4-101(14)(b) (Severance Pay)
- Colorado Revised Statutes 24-34-402.7 (Domestic Abuse Leave)
- Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay (“Colorado HELP”) Rules (COVID-19 related leave effective March 11 - July 14, 2020)
- Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (C.R.S. 8-13.3-401 et seq., SB 20-205, effective July 14, 2020)
- Colorado Wage Protection Rules 7 CCR 1103-7 (effective 4/14/2021)
- Colorado Wage Protection Rules 7 CCR 1103-7 (temporary rules, effective 1/1/2021, replaced with permanent rules on 4/14/21)
- INFO# 6A: Paid Leave Under the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (COVID-19 related leave effective July 15 - December 31, 2020)
- INFO# 6B: Paid Leave Under the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (Paid leave requirements effective January 1, 2021)
- INFO #6C: Paid Leave Under the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (How Requirements Differ from 2020 to 2021, & from Other Laws)
- Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
- Colorado Civil Rights Division
- U.S. Department of Labor FMLA Guidance
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
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