The CRA's sole purpose is to protect your business and help you thrive. We seek to champion your interests in the political arena and be your guide to laws and regulations that can make running a restaurant complex. To this end, we have produced this Compliance Center and we hope it becomes as invaluable to running your restaurant as CRA.
FREE Posters & Signage
Please email FirstCall@corestaurant.org to request these items (you should have received when you joined):
- Colorado Labor Law laminated poster
- Federal (NLRB) Labor Law laminated poster
- Employee hand-washing signs
- Removal of Alcohol/Patio signs
- No Alcohol to Minors warning signs
- ATM signs prohibiting the use of EBT cards - download here.
- CRA Member window sticker
- Find other common Retail Foodservice Signs from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, click here.
Quick links, recommended policies, and compliance updates related to COVID-19.
COMPS Order #36
The final ruling on COMPS Order #36 was adopted January 22, 2020, and takes effect March 16, 2020 (except for the overtime exemption threshold, which will go into effect July 1, 2020). Find the Order here. Highlighted changes:
Effective January 1, 2020, State minimum wage is $12 per hour. This means the tipped minimum wage is $8.98 per hour. (Note: Denver minimum wage is $12.85/hour and the tipped minimum wage is $9.83/hour.)
Overtime exemption threshold
Beginning July 1, 2020, employees must be paid a salary of AT LEAST $684 per week (which equates to $35,568 annually) to be EXEMPT from overtime. This is consistent with the Federal that went into effect January 1, 2020. Importantly, tips DO NOT count toward this total -- and hourly workers are never exempt from overtime. They must also meet the duties test for exempt employees to be exempt from overtime, which is not changing. Find the duties test here, and expected exempt salary increases below.
Date Weekly Overtime-Exempt Salary
July 1, 2020 $684.00/week ($35,568 per year)
January 1, 2021 $778.85/week ($40,500 per year)
January 1, 2022 $865.38/week (45,000 per year)
January 1, 2023 $961.54/week ($50,000 per year)
January 1, 2024 $1,057.69/week ($55,000 per year)
January 1, 2025 The 2024 salary adjusted by CPI
Employees who work at least five consecutive hours are entitled to an uninterrupted and duty-free meal period of at least 30 minutes. Employees must also be given a compensated 10-minute rest period for each 4 hours of work. If an employee doesn’t get a 10-minute break, you have to pay for that extra ten minutes — and backpay can add up quickly if you fail to do so. The only exception to the rest period rule is if on a given workday, or in writing covering up to a one year period that is signed by both parties, the employee and employer agree voluntarily and without coercion to have two 5 minute breaks. Rest breaks must be long enough for an employee to use the restroom or rest in the designated break room. Make sure your employees are not only getting their rest periods, but also acknowledging that they received them by either signing a statement before getting their paycheck or otherwise confirming this electronically.Sample
timeclock waiver language: I hereby verify that my time entries for the prior week(s) have been recorded accurately, and that I have been provided all meal and rest breaks to which I am entitled in accordance with state law and company policy.Break signature page: click here.UniformsIf you require employees to wear a uniform (such as a logoed shirt), you must provide one free. This is a change from prior law, when you could take a 50 percent deposit on the uniform. This applies only to dress or equipment that an employee would not already reasonably own -- if part of your dress is something the employee would already own (e.g. black pants), then you do not need to provide it.
Colorado Labor Law Poster Changes
Recently, changes were made to the “Notice to Workers” section of the required Colorado labor law posters employers are required to have in their business. The new language is required to be posted in order for your business to be in compliance. If you received posters earlier this year, to remain compliant please click on the link below, print off the new document, and post it over the same section on your 2019 Colorado labor law poster. Get it in English, get it in Spanish.
Reminder - CRA members get FREE Labor Law posters. Order yours today. Call the CRA (303) 830-2972 or email FirstCall@corestaurant.org
The CRA provides free, limited, legal advice through our Legal Resource Center. A network of member attorneys, labor law & compliance posters, educational programs, and other resources and information to keep businesses compliant. If you do not find the answer to your question on the website, please call (303) 830-2972 or email FirstCall@corestaurant.org to request expert help.
- Current wage requirements in Colorado, click here.
- I-9 Forms and information, click here.
- SSN Verification, click here.
- Colorado Department of Labor Posting Requirements, click here.
- W-4 Form, click here.
- W-9 Form, click here.
- Colorado Youth Employment Fact Sheet, click here.
- Use of Consumer Credit Information by Employers, click here.
- Colorado General Employment Laws and Resources, click here.
- Employee Handbook Template, contact us to get more information, click here.
Other Tax Forms
- Utility Sales Tax Credit Form DR-1465, click here.
- Claim for Refund of Tax Paid to Vendors, click here.
Government Agency Quick Links
- U.S. Department of Labor, click here.
- U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Services, click here.
- Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, click here.
- Colorado Department of Labor & Employment, click here.
- Colorado Department of Revenue, Taxation Division click here.
- Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, click here.
Colorado/FDA Food Code Transition
On January 1, 2019, Colorado adopted the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's (US FDA) 2013 model Food Code and 2013 Supplement to Colorado's food industries. This means some operational changes for all retail food establishments.
Those changes include, but are not limited to:
- Certified Food Protection Managers
- Proper Date Marking of ready to eat foods that have to be maintained cold to be safe
- Procedures in place for the proper cleanup of a vomiting or diarrheal event
- Hand-washing signs at all hand-washing sinks used by employees
Get a list of the top 10 questions regarding the changes to the Colorado Food Code, click here.
- Starting a Business in Colorado, click here and click here.
- ID Checking Guide Book, click here.
- Liquor and Tobacco Enforcement, click here.
- Colorado Food Code, click here.
- Colorado Food Code Consumer Advisory, click here.
- Federal Menu-Labeling Rules, click here.
- Dept. of Revenue Tax Information, click here.
- Colo. Dept. of Labor and Employment, including Minimum Wage, Tipped Employees, click here.
- Colorado Wage Act, click here.
- Tips vs. Service Charges, click here.
- Retail Licensing Handbook, including age requirements for selling alcohol, etc., click here.
- ATM Signage prohibiting the use of EBT cards, click here.
Boulder County Disaster Guide for Retail Food Establishment, click here.
National Restaurant Association Tools
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is the largest foodservice trade association in the world (by membership) —supporting nearly 500,000 restaurant businesses. NRA staff and lobbyists represent and advocate for foodservice industry interests with state, local and national policymakers—taking on financial and regulatory obstacles before they hit members’ bottom line and providing tools and systems that help members of all sizes get significantly better operating results.
The NRA, in conjunction with state restaurant associations, strives to move our industry forward by finding answers to the tough questions, distilling complex information into practical knowledge and helping our members navigate the issues that can leave them in the weeds. If you need smart, relevant intelligence that helps our members run their businesses better, the NRA is your go-to resource.
- NRA Law Center, click here.
- State of the Industry – An annual outlook for an overview of the US restaurant industry, click here.
- Restaurant Operations Report – This report provides crucial data on the cost of sales, gross profit, direct operating expenses and other performance measures to help restaurants see how their business compares to those of a similar profile, click here.
- NRA Health Care Knowledge Center, click here.
- ACA Employer Notification Compliance Tool, click here.
- NRA Industry Research, click here.
Ask the Association
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.