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The HR Specialist: Colorado Employment Law

A group of women are suing Tampa, Fla.-based Outback Steakhouse, claiming they were steered into “female” jobs such as hostess and cocktail waitress and away from kitchen work. Because kitchen experience is a key requirement for promotion at the company, the women say they were shut out of management positions …

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Colorado is one of 29 states that have signed memoranda of understanding with the IRS to share enforcement information on employment tax collection. The move is part of the IRS’ Questionable Employment Tax Practices (QETP) initiative …

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On Feb. 11, 2008, the U.S. Labor Department published proposed regulations interpreting the FMLA of 1993. The department also published new draft forms for use in processing FMLA leave requests. Interested parties have until April 11, 2008, to submit comments on the proposed regulations …

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Federal wage-and-hour laws require you to have a reliable system to accurately keep track of employees’ hours and pay. Casual timekeeping systems can easily trigger a back-wage lawsuit. Companies subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must keep records for both nonexempt and exempt employees …

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Fortune magazine recently published its 2008 list of “100 Best Companies to Work For,” and three Colorado employers made the list …

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Sunflower Market has agreed to pay $125,310 in back wages to workers in four states for unpaid overtime. The U.S. Labor Department also levied $10,670 in fines against the grocery chain for violations of the child labor laws …

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When things get heated in the workplace, call a timeout. You need time to investigate what’s going on, and employees may need time to cool down. Paid administrative leave is often the best way to do that. Continue to pay the employee (and provide benefits) so he won’t be able to point to the suspension as an adverse employment action …

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