In Colorado, temporary worker right-to-know legislation that was introduced shortly before the Covid-19 outbreak died when it failed to advance out of the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week.
The bill, SB 20-192, required staffing firms to provide temporary employees with written information concerning the terms and conditions of their employment before the end of the first pay period. The legislation also required each staffing firm to annually register and pay a fee to the state’s Division of Labor Standards and Statistics, which would have maintained a list of the registration status of each staffing firm on its website. Staffing clients that use staffing firms would have been required to verify the staffing agency’s registration and would have faced fines for working with an unregistered firm.
ASA and its lobbyists, Hicks & Associates, opposed the bill because it would have imposed onerous administrative burdens on staffing firms. The legislature was forced into recess by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the bill subsequently died when the legislature determined that SB 20-192 was not a priority. However, the legislation may be reintroduced once the 2021 legislative session commences in January, at which time ASA will re-engage in advocacy efforts.