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Bill: HB14-1075
Title: Deferral Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Official Summary

The bill reduces the deferral of unemployment insurance benefits
to claimants who, while on unemployment, accept work and then separate
from that work because it is unsuitable within 30 days after accepting the
work and apply again for unemployment insurance benefits. The current
deferral penalty is 10 weeks. The bill reduces the deferral period in these
situations to the period of time the claimant worked prior to the

Senate SponsorsL. Tochtrop (D)
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
StatusHouse Committee on Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Postpone Indefinitely (02/25/2014)
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Bill: SB14-005
Title: Wage Protection Act
Official Summary

For purposes of duties, obligations, and liabilities related to the
payment of wages, the bill:
  • Expands wage claims to include violations involving the
state minimum wage;
  • Requires an employer to maintain records reflecting
information in an employee's pay statement for at least 3
years after payment of the wages and to make the records
available to the employee and the division of labor in the
department of labor and employment (division). The bill
authorizes the executive director of the division to impose
a fine on an employer who fails to retain or make available
the records.
  • Requires an employer to mail a check for wages to the
employee's last-known address within 60 days after the
check was due if an employer is unable to otherwise deliver
the check to the employee.
Under current law, to recover penalties in an action for unpaid
wages, an employee is required to make a written demand on his or her
employer to recover penalties, and the penalties are increased by 50% if
the employer's failure to pay is willful. The bill:
  • Provides that failure to respond to a written demand creates
a rebuttable presumption that the failure to pay was willful;
  • Provides that service of a small claims court complaint
serves as the written demand; and
  • Reduces the penalties for failing to pay wages by 50% if
the employer makes legal tender to the employee of the
amount that the employer believes in good faith is due the
The bill authorizes the director of the division to establish an
administrative procedure to adjudicate wage claims. For wage claims
filed with the division for $7,500 or less, the bill establishes procedures
for the division to adjudicate the claim and issue citations and notices of
assessments for the amounts due. A person dissatisfied with a decision
may commence a de novo civil action in any county or district court of
competent jurisdiction.
Current law provides that fines collected by the division are
deposited in the general fund. The bill provides that the fines are
deposited in a new wage theft enforcement fund.
The bill provides that an employee is entitled to reasonable
attorney fees in an action to recover the minimum wage.

Senate SponsorsJ. Ulibarri (D)
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/29/2014)
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Bill: SB14-068
Title: Retirement Age For PERA Members
Official Summary

A member of the public employees' retirement association (PERA)
who was not an active member, inactive member, or retiree on December
31, 2016, is currently required to have 30 years of service and to have
reached the age of 58 or 60, depending on the PERA division in which
the member is employed, to retire with a full retirement benefit. The bill
modifies the retirement age for PERA members by requiring such
members, other than state troopers, to have 30 years of service and to
have reached the age of 65 to retire with a full retirement benefit.

Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
House SponsorsK. Priola (R)
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/05/2014)
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