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COVID-19 and non-payment of wages

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2020 | Firm News |

COVID-19 has had devastating effects on the United States, including a significant increase in unemployment claims in the United States.  With the Stay-At-Home Order, Governor Jared Polis has mandated non-essential businesses to temporarily close.  You may find yourself in a position where your previous employer is not paying you for your wages earned while you were employed.

Colorado employers must pay their employees for unpaid wages they earned leading up to termination.  Unpaid wages can include things like unpaid vacation, bonuses, and commission.  Even if you decided to leave your current employer, your employer must still pay you for any unpaid wages.

When your employment relationship has come to its conclusion, your employer must give you a final paycheck immediately or within six (6) hours of start of the next business day if, for some reason, the payroll office is closed.  If the payroll office is offsite, then the employer must give you your final paycheck within the next twenty-four (24) hours.  If you decided to terminate your employment, your final payment will become due and owing on the next scheduled payday.

If you have not received within the applicable deadlines, you may write a demand to your employer requesting compliance or file a civil action.  In most situations, the employer has fourteen (14) days to comply with the demand or face penalties for failure to pay wages you are entitled to.

During this stressful and uncertain time, find comfort in the knowledge that you have hired a law firm to advocate and help you with your unemployment wage-related matter.  Contact our office for assistance with these types of demand letters and litigation to ensure you get paid everything you are entitled to.


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