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Colorado Chamber Announces Coalition Against “Fair Workweek” Bill

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DENVER – The Colorado Chamber today announced a growing coalition of diverse business and industry groups opposed to House Bill 1118, the fair workweek scheduling bill. The Chamber has raised concerns that the proposal would drive businesses out of the state and hurt Colorado’s economic competitiveness.

HB 1118 imposes broad new regulations and restrictions on how employers manage employee workweek schedules and pay. Under the bill, employers would be required to release all work schedules at least two weeks in advance and provide predictability pay and retention pay to workers. It would impact thousands of public and private employers across the state, creating inflexible requirements that fail to consider the basic operational needs of businesses and the nature of unpredictable industries.

The diverse coalition of more than 65 business groups reflects the sweeping nature of HB 1118. These punitive new scheduling requirements would be felt not only by the hospitality industry, but also health care providers, public entities like schools, social service providers, and more. While the bill’s proponents claim it will only impact employers with 250 or more employees, as drafted, it would also apply to small and independent businesses that have more than one location in Colorado.

“The harsh reality of this bill is that it will lead to fewer available jobs for workers, lower pay and less flexibility – all while driving businesses out of the state. As written, it’s the most punitive of its kind in the country and the Colorado Chamber will utilize all resources available to oppose it,” Colorado Chamber President and CEO Loren Furman said last week after the bill was introduced.

The growing list of business groups opposed to HB 1118 are as follows:

Restaurant, Retail, Hotels/Lodging, Trade, Healthcare and Tourism:

Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology

Colorado Association of School Executives 

Colorado Bankers Association 

Colorado Beverage Association

Colorado Brewers Guild

Colorado Cider Guild

Colorado Contractors Association

Colorado Convenience Stores Association

Colorado Event Alliance

Colorado Gaming Association

Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association

Colorado Restaurant Association

Colorado Retail Council

CO/WY Petroleum Marketers Association

Hispanic Contractors of Colorado

International Council of Shopping Centers

Kodiak Building Partners

National Utilities Contractors Association

Powersports Dealers Assoc. of Colorado

Rocky Mountain Food Industry Assoc.

The Tavern League of Colorado

Tourism Industry Association

Wagner Equipment Co.

Visit Denver


Regional Economic Development and Local Chambers:

Adams County Regional Econ Partnership

Alamosa Chamber of Commerce

Arvada Chamber of Commerce

Aurora Chamber of Commerce

Broomfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce

Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce

Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce

Colorado River Valley Chamber of Commerce

Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC

Craig Chamber of Commerce

Denver Metro Chamber

Douglas County Business Association

Durango Chamber of Commerce

Estes Chamber of Commerce

Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce

Golden Chamber of Commerce

Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce

Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce

Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce

Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce

Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce

Gunnison Country Chamber of Commerce

Jefferson County Business Lobby

Longmont Chamber of Commerce

Loveland Chamber of Commerce

Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance

Northwest Douglas County Chamber & EDC

Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce

South Metro Denver Chamber

Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce

Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce

Vail Valley Partnership

Westminster Chamber of Commerce

West Chamber (Jefferson County)

West Metro Chamber of Commerce


Statewide Business Organizations:

American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado

Colorado Chamber of Commerce

Colorado Competitive Council

Colorado Concern

Economic Development Council of Colorado

National Federation of Independent Businesses



The Colorado Chamber of Commerce champions free enterprise, a healthy business environment and economic prosperity for all Coloradans. It is the only business association that works to improve the business climate for all sizes of business from a statewide, multi-industry perspective. What the Colorado Chamber accomplishes is good for all businesses, and that’s good for the state’s economy. It was created in 1965 based on the merger with the Colorado Manufacturers’ Association.