Colorado Capitol Report

Colorado Chamber Sponsors 38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Awards

Colorado Chamber Sponsors 38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Awards

The Colorado Chamber will sponsor the 38th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Awards on Friday, January 13, 2023 at 11:45 a.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver. Every year since 1986, the business community has come together on the Friday before the national and Colorado holiday to recognize individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations for their commitment to the values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as evidenced by their exemplary social responsibility.

The 2023 honorees include:

  • Charles Burrell
  • Ed Dwight
  • Hate Free Colorado
  • Emanuel Martinez
  • Derek Okubo
  • Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce
  • Charleszine Nelson, Ph.D., who will be recognized for the 2023 Trailblazer Award

Proceeds from the 2023 luncheon will be donated to Denver Kids, Inc. who will select and award Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships to underserved, minority and non-traditional Colorado students. For more information and reservations, visit or call 720.233.6550.

Feedback Requested on Potential Legislation

At the behest of the Office of Governor Polis, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) is proposing legislation to require employers to provide notices to their employees of their eligibility for certain tax credits. These credits include the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), and Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC). According to CDLE, a notification would lead to an increase in the use of these tax credits.

The proposal would require employers to deliver a separate paper notification mailed or hand-delivered to all employees (both W-2 and 1099 employees), while also encouraging employers to include email notification. According to CDLE, the Department of Revenue (DOR) could provide sample text translated into a variety of languages with a link to a website with free tax help resources. CDLE could also send notifications to employers regarding this new requirement.

Here is CDLE’s talking point sheet with more information. The Chamber will provide a draft bill once we receive one. Any feedback you can provide on how this new requirement would impact your company is greatly appreciated. Please send feedback as well as questions to Meghan Dollar, SVP of Governmental Affairs and Political Operations ([email protected]) or Larry Hudson, contract lobbyist ([email protected]). Any feedback would be appreciated by COB December 7.

Keep Your Business in Compliance with Colorado’s Paid Sick Leave Law!

Details: Join us for our next Employer Training Workshop which will provide guidance on Colorado’s mandatory paid sick leave law. The Workshop will also prepare employers on the administration and approval of paid sick leave in conjunction with the newly mandated paid Family & Medical Insurance Leave benefits to avoid potential duplication of leave.

Date: December 7, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Location: Colorado Chamber, 1600 Broadway, Ste. 1000, Denver
Remote participation is available.

Instructor: Brooke Colaizzi, Member, Sherman & Howard

About Brooke

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Newsletter from the FAMLI Division of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

In this edition of the newsletter, the FAMLI Division has information about the My FAMLI+ portal, required postings, communications for your employees, rule updates, and information for TPA’s, and the Division has added a new section for trending questions called People are Asking!

Read the FAMLI Newsletter here.

Digital Skills Training for Small Business

December 5, Boulder, CO
Sponsored by Meta Boost, Boulder Chamber and the Colorado Chamber

If you’re taking your business online or transitioning to a career that requires greater digital skills, Meta wants to ensure you’re set-up for success. The Meta Boost program was launched to help small businesses across the country grow by providing the digital skills they need to be discovered and compete. During this hands-on session, you’ll will be able to jumpstart your business with free tools from Meta. You’ll also learn everything you need to know, from setting up a business page to communicating with your customers to managing and measuring your marketing.

See the complete schedule and register at: