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Payroll Colorado, Unique Aspects of Colorado Payroll Law and Practice
The Colorado State Agency that oversees the collection and reporting of State income taxes deducted from payroll checks is:
This information must be reported within 20 days of the hiring or rehiring or first payroll after hire.
The information can be sent as a W4 or equivalent by mail, fax or electronically.
There is no penalty for a late report in Colorado.
The Colorado new hire reporting agency can be reached at 303-297-2849 or on the web at www.newhire.state.co.us/ .
Colorado does not allow compulsory direct deposit
Colorado requires the following information on an employee's pay stub:
Colorado requires that employees be paid monthly or every 30 days which ever is longer.
In Colorado requires that employees be paid no more than 10 days after the end of the pay period.
Colorado payroll law requires that involuntarily terminated employees must be paid their final pay immediately or within 6 hours of the payroll department becoming operational; next day if payroll is offsite. (By mail upon request) Voluntarily terminated employees must be paid their final pay by the next regular payday.
Deceased employee's wages must be paid to the surviving spouse or next legal heir; personal representative if already appointed. After an affidavit showing claimant's relationship to the deceased is presented.
Escheat laws in Colorado require that unclaimed wages be paid over to the state after one year.
The employer is further required in Colorado to keep a record of the wages abandoned and turned over to the state for a period of five years.
Colorado law concerning tip credits against State minimum wage allows a maximum credit of .02 per hour.
In Colorado the payroll laws covering mandatory rest or meal breaks are a 30-minute meal break after five hours and 10 minutes of rest after four hours.
Colorado law concerning record retention of wage and hour records requires a minimum of two years retention.
The Colorado agency charged with enforcing Child Support Orders and laws is:
Division of Child Support Enforcement
1575 Sherman St., 2nd Fl.
Denver, CO 80203-1714
Colorado has the following provisions for child support deductions:
Please note that this article is not updated for changes that can and will happen from time to time.
About the Author: Charles J. Read, CPA has been in the payroll, accounting and tax business for 30 years,