Colorado Overtime Law

Colorado Minimum Wage

The Colorado Minimum Wage is $7.28 per hour for all adult employees and emancipated minors, as of January 1, 2009.

Minimum Wage Credits and Exceptions

1. Up to $25 per week for lodging furnished by the employer may count towards the Colorado Minimum Wage.

2. Reasonable cost of meals provided to the employee may count towards the Colorado Minimum Wage.

3. Unemancipated minors under 18 may be paid $6.19 per hour.

4. Employees with physical disability certified by the Director may be paid $6.19 per hour.

5. Deductions from wages must be in accordance with the Colorado Wage Act.

Colorado Tipped Minimum Wage

As of January 1, 2009, the Colorado Tipped Minimum Wage is $4.26 per hour ($7.28-$3.02).  No more than $3.02 per hour in tip income may be used to offset the minimum wage of tipped employees.

An employee engaged in an occupation where he or she customarily and regularly receives more than $30 per month in tips is defined as a tipped employee.

Employers must pay a wage of at least $4.26 per hour. If tips combined with wages do not equal minimum wage, the employer must make up the difference in cash wages.

Employer-required sharing of tips with employees who are not customarily tipped nullifies tip credits towards minimum wage.

Deduction of credit card processing fees from tipped employees nullifies tip credits
towards minimum wage.

Meal Periods and Rest Periods

Meal Periods:

Employees are entitled to an uninterrupted and dutyfree 30-minute unpaid meal period when their work shift exceeds 5 consecutive hours.  The employee must be completely relieved of all duties for the meal period.  If the above conditions are not met, then the employee must be allowed to consume a meal on-duty, and be
compensated for the entire on-duty meal period.

Rest Periods:

Employees are entitled to a compensated 10-minute rest period for each 4 hours of work or major fractions thereof. Wages may not be deducted for the rest period.  It is not required that the employee be permitted to leave the premises for the rest period.

Colorado Overtime Law

In general, non-exempt employees covered by the Wage Order must be paid time and one-half their regular rate of pay for any work in excess of:

1. 40 hours per workweek.

2. 12 hours per workday.

3. 12 consecutive hours without regard to the start and end time of the workday.

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