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Welcome to our first issue of Open Road.  Open Road, CADA's online e-newsletter, will be sent to you every Wednesday morning at about 10 a.m. so make sure to check your inbox.  We trust you will find this service to be informative and beneficial to your dealer operations.

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As most dealers are aware, Colorado voters passed Amendment 42, the state's minimum wage initiative, in the November election. The referendum amended the Colorado Constitution to raise the minimum wage for hourly workers from $5.15 per hour to $6.85 per hour, effective January 1, 2007.  Keep in mind for future year-end planning that this figure will increase annually based on the Consumer Price Index.  

While details of how the amendment will be implemented and enforced have not been officially announced, it is expected that all key aspects of the application of the minimum wage will remain the same; it is simply the dollar minimum that will change.  Colorado Wage Order #23 has been proposed, but not formally adopted to replace current order #22.  Mountain States Employers Council (MSEC) has advised the following: 


“It is not yet time to purchase a new poster. Do not succumb to pressure sales tactics from employment poster vendors.


The Colorado Department of Labor - Division of Employment has not yet published a revised model poster to reflect the minimum wage change. The Division is waiting for a formal legislative amendment to the Colorado Minimum Wage Order #22 before that revision will be published in a model compliant poster. The Division cannot currently commit to when the minimum wage change will be reflected in the Department’s model poster. The Division has indicated that it will not pursue any penalty against employers for failing to post the new minimum wage until some time after a revised model poster is published … As an interim solution, consider affixing a label or sticker to your current state poster to identify the new minimum wage in January. Once the revised Colorado Minimum Wage Poster is published by the Division, MSEC will produce and sell revised state posters for public and private employers. The federal all-in-one poster has not been substantively revised since December 2005.”        –December 18, 2006, MSEC Email bulletin


As a reminder, as a CADA member, you are eligible for first-level human resource support from MSEC attorneys.  They have experts on state and federal minimum wage laws; if you have in-depth questions, you can contact the MSEC Employment Law Services Department directly at 303.839.5177.  CADA will continue to follow the process along with MSEC and advise you as information develops.


NOTE:  Salespeople are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as non-exempt employees who must be paid minimum wage and overtime for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek, regardless of how the employee is paid. Commissioned salespeople, as a general category of employees, are not exempt from these requirements.  However, there are a number of alternative methods for meeting the minimum wage and overtime requirements for the unique circumstances of commissioned salespeople.  MSEC has published an FYI bulletin with a detailed description of these options and methods. 


   Please CLICK HERE for this publication: MSEC - Wage and Hour: Salespersons — Pay Practices, July, 2006.


CADA to Host Pre-Legislative Session Political Caucus Events



  Monday, January 8, 2007



William D. Barrow Building (CADA and MDADA Headquarters)

290 East Speer Blvd, Denver



Luncheon, Senate Republican Caucus:        11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Reception, House Democratic Caucus:         5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

   Please CLICK HERE for more information and for our reservation form.

A number of regulatory and legal changes that affect dealers went into effect January 1, 2007.

Please CLICK HERE to obtain a memo from CADA president Tim Jackson reviewing each of these changes.

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