This Survey May Reduce Future Restrictions in Coverage for Equal Pay Litigation for your District

The new Equal Pay Act may impact many Colorado special districts. Take this survey to find out if you are at risk and what resources are available to you.

Colorado passed a new state law in 2019 that imposes penalties and allows damages for unfair wage practices. The law affects all employers in Colorado, including special districts, and will take effect January 1, 2021. In an effort to help your district implement this new law, the CSD Pool is trying to assess what additional resources we need to employ.

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* 1. Please provide your contact information. 

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* 2. Have you reviewed the CSD Pool Article on Colorado’s Equal Pay legislation (SB19-085) available here?

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* 3. Do you understand what your district needs to do in order to comply with SB19-085, which requires every employer to implement procedures to ensure equal pay by January 1, 2021?

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* 4. By what anticipated or target date will your district implement SB19-085?

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* 5. Have you recently completed a pay audit or salary survey for the positions in your district?

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* 6. Do you regularly review, audit, and update the job descriptions for your district?

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* 7. Do you have differentials in pay for similar positions, based on experience or location of work?

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* 8. If you have pay differentials for similar positions, are the bases of differences in pay set reasonably and objectively?

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* 9. If you have pay differentials for similar positions, are your reasons clear from the job description or from other documentation?

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* 10. Do you have an Employment Manual?

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* 11. Is your Employment Manual reviewed and updated on a recurring basis?

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* 12. Do your recruitment and employment practices demonstrate, both in writing and in practice, that your district has implemented laws against discrimination?

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* 13. Do you retain records related to an employee’s wage history and job classification or description(s)?  (SB19-085 requires that employers keep these records for 2 years after an employee is separated from work.)

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* 14. For recruitment, do you solicit an applicant’s current or most recent salary? (You cannot continue to do so after 12/31/2020.)

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* 15. Do you have procedures in place to address employees’ concerns or complaints?

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* 16. Do you provide regular anti-harassment and related training to your employees?

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* 17. Do you use the Employment Manual through the Pool’s HR Helpline?

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* 18. Do you use the templates for job classifications and descriptions through HR Helpline?

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* 19. Do you contact HR Helpline employment attorneys with HR questions? (This service is offered free of charge to Pool members.) 

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* 20. Do you use the 10 hours of Pool-paid consulting through CPS HR Consulting?

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* 21. What other resources are you aware of, or would you like to request, that might help with your district’s implementation of Colorado’s Equal Pay Act?

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