The CRA is your resource for everything you need to know about running your business, and we offer a variety of ways to access the information you need. Here are some relevant and necessary legal updates to assist you in running a successful business.

Take a look at our 2018 Legislative Summary here.

Minimum Wage 

Amendment 70 is the constitutional amendment that increases Colorado’s minimum wage to $12/hour and the tipped wage to $8.98/hour by January 1, 2020.  The passage of this amendment raises Colorado’s minimum wage as follows:
Min Wage rates

After 2020, wages will increase annually according to the Boulder/Denver/Greeley CPI.  They will not decrease. 

Hear Sonia Riggs, CRA President & CEO discuss some of the issues facing restaurants around the new minimum wage.

Labor Laws

  • Do you know that as a member of CRA you get free Labor Compliance posters? Email to request these items.
    • Colorado Labor Law laminated poster
    • Federal (NLRB) Labor Law laminated poster
    • Employee hand-washing posters for bathrooms
    • Patio “no drink beyond this point” posters
    • Membership window sticker
  • New Federal Ruling on Tip Pooling. Read about the rules specific to Colorado HERE
  • Overtime Ruling - BLOCKED! Read about it HERE.
  • Reasonable Accommodation Law for Pregnant Employees, POSTING REQUIREMENTS. Read about it HERE.
  • I-9 Form - Are you using the latest update to the I-9 Form? (PS - Thanks to the efforts of the CRA, you no longer need to complete the Colorado Affirmation Form.) As of September 18, 2017, all employers must use the updated Form I-9 with the revision date 07/17/17 N. Get it HERE
  • Need some  information on Immigration Rules? Learn more HERE.

City-Specific Laws

  • New CO2 Regulations in Denver – New requirements on CO2 systems go into effect January 1st in Denver. This applies to systems with more than 100 pounds of CO2, or any system using any amount of Carbon Dioxide below grade.  Are you compliant? READ MORE 
  • Gender Neutral Bathroom Signage in Denver – Eateries and other establishments have until April 30, 2018, to change their restroom signs to remove references to gender and ensure there are locks on the exterior restroom door (again, only for single-occupant, family, and accessible restrooms – not bathrooms that contain multiple stalls). READ MORE
  • Boulder Sugary Beverage Tax - New Rules! Recently, Boulder City Council passed a new ordinance stating that it is illegal for a retailer who is passing the sugary beverage tax through to their customers to call the charge a “tax” on their receipt.  Acceptable wording includes “pass through,” “surcharge,” or other words that indicate that it is not a direct tax on the transaction. Their reasoning behind this ordinance is that the tax is not charged directly to the consumer, it was intended to be charged to the retailer. Read the full list of FAQs from the City of Boulder.

Liquor Laws

  • Top Liquor Violations - click here
  • CRA Supports LED Proposed Rule Regarding Dual Consumption - Read more about it HERE

Food Code

  • January 2019, Colorado will adopt the 2013 FDA Food Code. Read more about it - click here
  • Top 15 Most Common Health Inspection Violations - click here
  • Can I appeal my health inspection? - Visit the FAQ

ADA Lawsuits

  • So called ADA "drive-by" Lawsuits are on the rise in Colorado - Read MORE
  • See what NRA has to say about digital accessibility - Read MORE
  • Learn how to make your website ADA Compliant at A11y Project and Tota11y

Other Rules

We often receive questions from our members on topics ranging from account information to legal issues. Below is a list of topics we're asked about most often! We've organized these questions and answered them in our Help Center. To visit the Help Center, click here

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