The spirit of independence and a strong work ethic are strong in the State of Colorado. The State is built on independent minded people coming out and staking their claim the wild west. Fur trappers, mountain men, and gold and silver prospectors all came out to find their fortunes. Over the last several years Colorado, and Denver in particular, have experienced a similar wave of people coming to the state to find their fortunes where business interests are strong and unemployment low.
While the mountain men of the past may not have had labor protections today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment ensures compliance with all federal and state labor laws, including posting requirements. Apart from the standard federal posting requirements like ADA, FLSA, and FMLA, Colorado has a few posters that are specifically required in state. One of which is “Notice to Workers – Poster 502” which comes out of the Colorado Employment Security Act: Unemployment Insurance. The standard poster is bilingual with English and Spanish. It duly notifies employees of their rights to collect unemployment insurance benefits should they become unemployed through no fault of their own.
Additionally, it provides various resources to assist with compliance of the law. It lists the revised statute (8-70-115) under which the definition of an “employee” is laid out so workers and employers can determine if a worker is properly classified as an employee or would more appropriately be termed an independent contractor. Any questions, or concerns of violations, can be reported straightway to the Unemployment Insurance Audit by calling them or visiting their website at www.colorado.gov/cdle/ui.
The poster reminds citizens to be sure to have their social security number and the name and address of their last employer available if they decide to call any of the oversight or regulatory agencies listed on the poster.