Colorado’s minimum wage increases to $11.10 on Jan. 1

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform, has issued a Notice of Public Hearing to provide interested persons an opportunity to be heard prior to the adoption of proposed Colorado Minimum Wage Order 35, 7 CCR 1103-1. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Division of Labor Standards and Statistics, has proposed Minimum Wage Order Number 35 to reflect the new minimum wage rate of $11.10 per hour scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2019, pursuant to Article XVIII, Section 15, of the Colorado Constitution. The minimum wage order covers certain employees in the industries of retail and service; commercial support service; food and beverage; and health and medical. Other than reflecting the new minimum wage rate, MWO 35 is identical to the current Minimum wage Order Number 34.

The minimum wage rate schedule in Colorado for all employees who receive the state or federal minimum wage rate is as follows: $11.10 per hour on January 1, 2019; $12.00 per hour on January 1, 2020. The minimum wages for tipped employees would increase to $8.08 per hour on January 1, 2019, and to $8.98 per hour on January 1, 2020. These increases are part of scheduled rate increases per Section 15 of Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution, which established a minimum wage rate of $9.30 per hour on January 1, 2017, and requires annual increases of 90 cents each January 1 until it reaches $12 per hour by 2020. No more than $3.02 per hour in tip income may be used to offset the minimum wage of employees who regularly receive tips. Beginning January 1, 2021, the minimum wage is to be adjusted annually for cost-of-living increases, as measured by the Consumer Price Index used for Colorado. Currently, the minimum wage in Colorado is $10.20 per hour for non-tipped employees and $7.18 per hour for tipped employees.

The hearing on proposed Minimum Wage Order No. 35 will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., 633 17th Street, 6th Floor, Denver, Colorado 80202. Public comments must be provided to the Division by 5:00 p.m. Thursday November 8, 2018. Comments may be made by mail, faxed to 303-318-8400 or by E-mail (Michael.primo@state.co.us). (Department of Labor and Employment, Division of Labor Standards and Statistics, Proposed Colorado Minimum Wage Order Number 35, 7 CCR 1103-1.)

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