In this Capitol Report:
WATCH: Chamber President Loren Furman Explains How Businesses Will Be Impacted By UI Increases
Colorado Chamber President & CEO Loren Furman talks to Denver7 about the significant Unemployment Insurance premium increases that will be facing Colorado employers unless state legislators act.
Key Leaders at Department of Labor & Employment Meet with Colorado Chamber Members
This week, the Colorado Chamber’s Labor & Employment Council convened and heard from key leaders at the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment on critical issues impacting businesses. Executive Director Joe Barela provided an update to our members on the Unemployment Trust Fund deficit and ways that the Department is confronting fraud as well as the Department’s legislative priorities. He was joined by Deputy Executive Director Cher Haavind, and Phil Spesshardt, Unemployment Insurance Division Director, who both shared details on the new IT programs being used to counter the UI fraud and the ongoing investigations of the fraudsters.
Tracy Marshall, the new Director of the Family & Medical Leave Program provided a brief update on the next steps with the Family & Medical Leave Program and rulemaking which will include an initial stakeholder process for developing exemptions for employers that create their own family and medical leave programs. That stakeholder and rulemaking has not yet begun.
Scott Moss, Wage & Hour, Division Director, shared that the Department would provide further guidance on how employers and employees could comply with the combined paid sick leave and family and medical leave laws which is creating consternation for many employers. Colorado Chamber staff also discussed labor and employment legislation being proposed during the 2022 legislative including:
Bill #’s TBD – Workplace harassment bills
Bill #TBD – False Claims Act
Bill # TBD – Premises Liability
SB 34 – Business Identity Theft
Bill # TBD – Uniform Law Commission Restrictive Employment Agreement
No positions on bills were taken during the Council meeting since many have yet to be introduced or were just recently introduced by the Legislature. The next meeting of the Labor & Employment Council will be February 16th. Please RSVP to [email protected] to attend.