Colorado Capitol Report

Get Involved: New Chamber Task Force Addresses Climate Action and Sustainability

Get Involved: New Chamber Task Force Addresses Climate Action and Sustainability

Businesses across the state are highly invested in a clean environment and healthy economy for their communities and the future of Colorado. We believe that working together, we can protect our environment without sacrificing economic growth.

That’s why the Colorado Chamber created a new Environmental Sustainability & Climate Action Task Force to lead a collaborative effort to establish climate and sustainability policies that address responsible production and provide tools businesses need to succeed.

Businesses across the state struggle to find a balance between their investment in a clean environment and the challenge of implementing complex environmental regulations adopted over the last few years. The goal of the task force is to pave the way for collaboration in addressing environmental sustainability with responsible, reasonable policies and regulations that are predictable and avoid a one-size-fits-all approach for businesses.

Learn more about the goals and objectives of the task force here. To join the Task Force, please contact Loren Furman at [email protected].

Department of Labor & Employment Speaks to Council on Family & Medical Leave Program & Potential 2023 Legislation

This week, representatives with the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment spoke to the CO Chamber’s Labor & Employment Council members regarding various topics of interest to employers including the kick-off of the state-run Family & Medical Leave Program (FAMLI) and the Department’s legislative and regulatory priorities for the 2023 Legislative Session.

Representatives from the CDLE that spoke to Council members included Joe Barela, Executive Director (CDLE) Cher Haavind, Deputy Executive Director (CDLE), Daniel Chase, Chief of Staff, Caitlin Adams, Legislative Liaison, Scott Moss, Division Director, Division of Labor Standards & Statistics, Katherine Keegan, Director of Office of the Future of Work and Lee Wheeler-Berliner, Managing Director of the CO Workforce Development Council.

The Colorado Chamber staff also previewed potential 2023 labor and employment legislation including additional changes to the FAMLI program; improvements to the 2019 Equal Pay for Equal Work law, Workforce Development,  and the likely return of the workplace discrimination legislation among other topics.

Please contact Meghan Dollar at [email protected] or Larry Hudson at [email protected] with any questions regarding labor and employment issues.

Thank you!

Registration is Open for the Wage & Hour Law and Regulations Training Workshop

Avoid potential fines for unintended wage and hour violations and receive updates on pending regulations with Jennifer Harpole, Jennifer Harpole, Shareholder, Littler law firm.

Date: January 19th
Time: 10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Location: Colorado Chamber Office, 1600 Broadway, Suite 1000, Denver, 80202 or virtually by Zoom

Register for the event here.

Save-the-Dates: Upcoming Policy Council Meetings

Health Care Council – Jan. 12th

  • Guest Speaker: Representative Andrew Boesenecker, House District 53 (D-Fort Collins)
  • Discussion of Governor Polis’ 2022 policy priorities

Tax Council – Jan. 13th

  • Guest Speakers from the Colorado Department of Revenue: Mark Ferrandino, Executive Director, Brendon Reese, Senior Director Taxation Division, Josh Pens, Director of Tax Policy, Cooper Reveley, Legislative Liaison

Labor & Employment Council – Jan. 18th

  • Guest Speaker: To be Determined

Energy & Environment Council – Jan. 24th

  • Guest Speakers: Garry Kaufman, Deputy Director for Regulatory Affairs, CDPHE (confirmed) and Joel Minor, Environmental Justice Program Manager (invited)

Governmental Affairs Council – Jan. 31st

  • Guest Speakers: Allie Kimmel, Legislative Director, Office of the Governor and Eleni Angelides, Deputy Legislative Director, Office of the Governor

View the complete list of policy council meetings on the online calendar.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Laura Moss at [email protected] or (303) 866-9652  for more information.