Colorado Employees: Are You Being Paid Correct Wages?

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Under Colorado’s Minimum Wage Order 34, employers in certain industries must pay each employee overtime pay – 11/2 times the employee’s regular rate for hours worked in excess of 12 hours in a day and/or 40 in a workweek. Colorado does not require employers to pay overtime where the employee performs executive/supervisory, administrative, and professional work.

Executive/Supervisory Employees

Colorado defines an exempt executive or supervisory employee as:

  • A salaried employee earning more than the minimum wage for all hours worked in a workweek;
  • Supervises the work of at least two full-time employees;
  • Has the authority to hire and fire, or to effectively recommend the hiring of a prospective employee or firing of an employee; and
  • Spends a minimum of 50 percent of the workweek in duties directly related to supervision.

Administrative Employees

Colorado defines an exempt administrative employee as:

  • Is a salaried employee;
  • Directly serves the executive;
  • Regularly performs duties important to the decision-making process of the executive;
  • Regularly exercises independent judgment and discretion in matters of significance; and
  • Has the primary duty of work that is nonmanual in nature and directly related to management policies or general business operations.

Professional Employees

Colorado defines an exempt professional employee as:

  • Is a salaried employee;
  • Is employed in a field of endeavor;
  • Has knowledge of an advanced type in a field of science or learning customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction and study; and
  • Is employed in the field in which he or she is trained

Often times, employers will misclassify their employees as a salary employee as an executive/supervisory, administrative, and professional employee when in fact the employee does not meet the definition(s) and should be paid hourly. If you have questions about if you are being paid correctly, call us. Our job is to help you with your job. Contact Ramos Law today for help with employment law issues and one of our experienced attorneys will discuss your case with you.

Madison Fiedler-Carlson, JD

Madison Fiedler-Carlson, JD

Madison Fiedler-Carlson, JD is an employment law attorney at Ramos Law with a background helping those experiencing unlawful discrimination, harassment, termination, and wage and hour issues.
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