HB 20-1415

  • Colorado House Bill
  • 2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House Jun 09, 2020
  • Passed House Jun 09, 2020
  • Passed Senate Jun 13, 2020
  • Signed by Governor Jul 11, 2020

Whistleblower Protection Public Health Emergencies

Abstract

The act prohibits a principal, which includes an employer, certain labor contractors, public employers, and entities that contract with 5 or more independent contractors, from discriminating, retaliating, or taking adverse action against any worker who: In good faith, raises any concern about workplace health and safety practices or hazards related to a public health emergency to the principal, the principal's agent, other workers, a government agency, or the public if the workplace health and safety practices fail to meet guidelines established by a federal, state, or local public health agency with jurisdiction over the workplace; Voluntarily wears at the worker's workplace the worker's own personal protective equipment, such as a mask, faceguard, or gloves, under specified circumstances; or Opposes a practice the worker reasonably believes is unlawful or makes a charge, testifies, assists, or participates in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing of alleged unlawful acts. Additionally, a principal is prohibited from requiring or attempting to require a worker to sign a contract or other agreement that limits or prevents the worker from disclosing information about workplace health and safety practices or hazards related to a public health emergency. A worker who knowingly discloses false information or discloses information with reckless disregard for the truth or falsity of the information is not protected under the act. A person may seek relief by: Filing a complaint with the division of labor standards and statistics (division) in the department of labor and employment; Bringing an action in district court, after exhausting administrative remedies; or Bringing a whistleblower action in the name of the state in district court, after exhausting administrative remedies. The division is authorized to adopt rules necessary to implement the act. $270,153 is appropriated to the department of labor and employment from the employment support fund, of which $206,193 is allocated for use by the division for enforcement of worker's rights related to a public health emergency, based on the assumption that the division will require an additional 2.5 FTE, and $63,960 is reappropriated to the department of law for legal services. (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Bill Sponsors (4)

Votes


Actions


Jul 11, 2020

Office of the Governor

Governor Signed

Jun 26, 2020

Office of the Governor

Sent to the Governor

House

Signed by the Speaker of the House

Senate

Signed by the President of the Senate

Jun 15, 2020

House

House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass

Jun 13, 2020

Senate

Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

Jun 11, 2020

Senate

Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor

Senate

Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole

  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage
Appropriations Senate Committee of the Whole

Jun 10, 2020

Senate

Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations

  • Referral-Committee
Appropriations Finance

Jun 09, 2020

Senate

Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance

  • Introduction
Finance

House

House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

Jun 08, 2020

House

House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor

House

House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage
House Committee of the Whole Appropriations

Jun 06, 2020

House

House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations

  • Referral-Committee
Appropriations Finance

Jun 04, 2020

House

Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance

  • Introduction
Finance

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Signed Act (07/11/2020) PDF
Final Act (06/26/2020) PDF
Rerevised (06/13/2020) PDF
Revised (06/11/2020) PDF
Reengrossed (06/09/2020) PDF
Engrossed (06/08/2020) PDF
Introduced (06/04/2020) PDF
PA2 (06/10/2020) PDF
PA1 (06/08/2020) PDF
Committee Amendment PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note SA1 (06/07/2020) PDF
Fiscal Note SA2 (06/11/2020) PDF
Fiscal Note FN1 (06/05/2020) PDF
Fiscal Note FN2 (06/09/2020) PDF
Fiscal Note FN3 (07/27/2020) PDF

Sources

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