Colorado Employees Entitled to Leave for Children’s Academic Activities

June 09, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

On June 1, 2009, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed the Parental Involvement in K-12 Education Act (H.B. 1057) into law. The Act takes effect on August 5, 2009, and requires employers with 50 or more employees to grant leave to employees to attend their children’s academic activities.

Under the Parental Involvement in K-12 Education Act, nonsupervisory employees are allowed up to 18 hours of unpaid leave each school year to attend their children’s educational activities. Such academic activities include parent-teacher conferences and meetings related to special education services, dropout prevention, attendance, truancy, and discipline.

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‘Just Cause’ Measure on Colorado November Ballot

August 25, 2008 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

A proposed measure that would amend the Colorado Constitution to bar employers from firing or suspending employees without just cause was certified for the November 2008 ballot by the Colorado secretary of state on August 22. The “Just Cause Initiative,” which will appear on the November ballot as Amendment 55, gathered more than 130,000 signatures to be placed on the ballot. State law required only 76,047 certified signatures to make the ballot.

If Amendment 55 passes in November, covered employers would be required to provide an employee with written documentation showing that his termination or suspension was for “just cause,” which is defined to mean specified types of employee misconduct or substandard job performance, the filing of bankruptcy by the employer, or discharge or suspension due to adverse economic circumstances affecting the employer. Companies with fewer than 20 employees, governmental entities, and nonprofit organizations with fewer than 1,000 workers would be exempt from the just-cause requirement. Employees who are subject to collective bargaining agreements that require just cause for discharge or suspension also wouldn’t be protected by the measure.

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Categories: Colorado

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