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Bill Detail: SB21-087

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Title Agricultural Workers' Rights
Status Governor Signed (06/25/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Labor & Employment
House Sponsors Y. Caraveo (D)
K. McCormick (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Moreno (D)
J. Danielson (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee Business, Labor and Technology
Date Introduced 02/16/2021

The bill:
  • Removes the exemption of agricultural employers and
employees from the Colorado Labor Peace Act and
authorizes agricultural employees to organize and join
labor unions; engage in protected, concerted activity; and
engage in collective bargaining;
  • Removes the exemption of agricultural labor from state and
local minimum wage laws;

  • Requires the director of the division of labor standards and
statistics to promulgate rules to establish the overtime pay
of agricultural employees for hours worked in excess of 40
hours per week or 12 hours in one day;
  • Grants agricultural employees meal breaks and rest periods
throughout each work period, consistent with protections
for other employees;
  • Requires agricultural employers to provide agricultural
employees with access and transportation to key service
  • Authorizes agricultural employees to have visitors at
employer-provided housing without interference from other
  • Requires agricultural employers to provide overwork and
health protections to agricultural employees;
  • Prohibits the use of the short-handled or long-handled hoe
for agricultural labor except in specific circumstances;
  • During a public health emergency, requires an agricultural
employer to provide extra protections and increased safety
precautions for agricultural employees;
  • Creates the agricultural work advisory committee to study
and analyze agricultural wages and working conditions;
  • Creates rights, remedies, and enforcement actions for
aggrieved agricultural employees, whistleblowers, relators,
and key service providers.

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