New Colorado Law Providing Employee Access to Personnel Files and Records

Beginning on January 1, 2017, employees in the private sector will have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of their personnel files and records.  Private employers will be required to provide access at least annually to current employees who make the request.  Former employees will also have a one-time right to inspect their personnel file after the termination of their employment.  The new law allows the employer to require that employees pay reasonable copying costs.

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Water Rights in Real Estate Contracts: What You Need to Know

The standard Colorado Real Estate Commission form “Contract to Buy and Sell Real Estate” covers water rights under Paragraph 2.7 (“Water Rights, Well Rights, Water and Sewer Taps”).  It’s important for real estate attorneys and brokers to understand what these provisions mean, and when the advice of a water attorney could be helpful (and maybe even save some time and money).

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Preparing for the New Overtime Rules

On May 18, 2016, the United States Department of Labor announced its final determination with regard to President Obama’s Directive to “update and modernize” the regulations governing the exemption of executive, administrative and professional employees from the minimum wage and overtime pay protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  Employers have been watching this rule change process carefully, as the new regulations will now require employers to track employee hours with greater accuracy and require them to be particularly careful in properly classifying individuals presently paid a salary.

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Colorado Bicycle Laws

The Bicycle Safety Act was passed in Colorado in 2009 and codified what most people consider common sense. For example:   No hitching rides on moving vehicles; Bikes are not allowed on highways; Form a single line in heavy traffic, and; Keep at least one hand on handlebars at all times. But, did you also know that cyclist are not permitted to wear headphones or earbuds while riding?

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