Wage Theft Transparency Gets Unanimous Consent in Senate

DENVER — Today, the Senate unanimously approved another of Senator John Cooke's (R-Greeley) bills. House Bill 17-1021 requiring transparency and reporting in cases of wage theft violations.

House Bill 17-1021 clarifies current law, establishing data on wage theft violations as public information and requiring the Division of Labor to release any findings upon request, regardless of proprietary information.

"Most Colorado businesses are doing the right thing," said Cooke. "We have a strong business community here and they know its in their best interest to build a strong team based on mutual respect. However, that makes it all the more important for us to signal to those few bad actors that their actions are not only hurting their employees but the reputation of the business community. Wage theft is a crime. Period."

HB 1021 will be heard once more in the Senate before moving to the governor's desk for consideration.

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