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Colorado bill set to make wage theft a felony

April 8, 2019

According to the Colorado Fiscal Institute, more than 500,0000 workers in the state — many of them in the construction industry — lose $750 million a year because of wage theft. The institute’s analysis shows that the most common methods employers use to short employees on their pay are:

  • Nonpayment, which includes late payments and not paying employees what they’ve earned.
  • Underpayment.
  • Misclassification of employees as independent contractors in order to avoid having to pay benefits.
  • Unauthorized payroll deductions for expenses like transportation, materials and tool

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