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Bill Detail: SB21-039

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Title Elimination Of Subminimum Wage Employment
Status Governor Signed (06/29/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Labor & Employment
House Sponsors Y. Caraveo (D)
R. Pelton (R)
Senate Sponsors R. Zenzinger (D)
D. Hisey (R)
House Committee Public and Behavioral Health & Human Services
Senate Committee Business, Labor and Technology
Date Introduced 02/16/2021

The bill phases out subminimum wage employment for employers
that hold a special certificate from the United States department of labor
that authorizes the employers to pay less than the minimum wage to

employees whose earning capacity is impaired by age, physical or mental
disability, or injury. The bill requires each employer that holds a special
certificate to submit a transition plan to the Colorado department of labor
and employment detailing how the employer plans to phase out
subminimum wage employment.
The bill requires the employment first advisory partnership in the
Colorado department of labor and employment (partnership) to:
  • Develop actionable recommendations to address structural
and fiscal barriers to phasing out subminimum wage
employment and successfully implementing competitive
integrated employment; and
  • Report the recommendations to the general assembly.
The bill continues operation of the partnership, which is scheduled
to repeal on July 1, 2021, indefinitely.
The bill requires the department of health care policy and
financing to add employment-related services for individuals with
intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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