November’s election has special implications for Colorado employers because a number of ballot issues involve employment law. The ballot features dueling initiatives: four measures brought by organized labor in response to three measures sponsored by business interests.
In addition, there is a civil rights measure that will impact public employment, as well as public contracting and public education.
The union-sponsored ballot initiatives could significantly increase the costs of labor in Colorado, and increase the costs associated with terminating employment.
Ballot initiative history
This year’s ballot reflects the latest chapter in a long-running, contentious saga between unions and business interests about a little-noticed aspect of Colorado.
Colorado is a modified right-to-work state, meaning unions cannot require employees to join a union as a condition of employment, unless employees have voted for suc...(register to read more)