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Failure to Pay Wages is Now Criminal Theft in Colorado

Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a law that classifies an employer’s failure to pay wages as “theft,” making it a criminal offense. Under the new law, which takes effect on January 1, 2020, any employer who willfully refuses to pay wages, or intentionally and falsely denies the amount or validity of a wage claim, commits criminal theft….

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Colorado Wage Claims Limited to Two-year’s Back Pay (or up to three years for willful violations)

The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that the Colorado Wage Act’s (the “Wage Act”) two- and three-year statutes of limitations do apply to claims brought by employees to recover unpaid wages and compensation upon termination. In Hernandez v. Ray Domenico Farms, Inc., several hourly agricultural workers sued their former employer for allegedly unpaid wages going back over the entire period of their employment (which in some cases spanned more than 20 years). The Supreme Court held as follows:

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