Can You Provide Different Benefits to Different Employees?

By: Colin A. Walker

February 2, 2022

Can an employer provide different benefits to different employees? For example could it offer the C-Suite better health insurance benefits than the rank and file? Or, could it offer healthcare insurance to full-time employees but not part-time?  

Happy New Year: Ready or Not, Here Comes 2022!

By: Colin A. Walker

January 12, 2022

The beginning of a new year is a good time to review your employment policies and practices. Here are some to-dos that should help you stay ahead of the game in 2022.

Senate Bill SB 21-217

By: Adrian P. Castro

December 1, 2021

On March 1, 2022, Colorado Senate Bill 21-271, approved on July 6, 2021, goes into effect. While the overall goal of the bill is to reform sentencing provisions related to misdemeanors and petty offenses, it also made the violation of a number of statues potential criminal infractions.

Sixth Circuit to Preside Over Challenge to OSHA Vaccine Mandate

By: Colin A. Walker

November 18, 2021

On November 12, 2021, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, issued a stay of OSHA’s vaccine mandate pending its review of a lawsuit filed by a coalition of employers challenging the mandate. Other similar lawsuits were filed in other jurisdictions.

Court of Appeals Issues Temporary Stay of OSHA Vaccine Mandate

By: Colin A. Walker

November 9, 2021

As anticipated, the publication of the COVID vaccine Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) was greeted by a flurry of lawsuits.

Navigating A Patchwork of Employment Laws: An HR Perspective

By: Colin A. Walker

October 7, 2021

Angie Wideman-Powell, VP of People at ClearCompany, joins Colin Walker to discuss how varying employment laws across the country affect companies with operations in different states and tips for navigating these rules. 

How A Recently Overturned Colorado Supreme Court Law Affects Employers

By: Paul R. Janda

September 8, 2021

One of the interesting things about employment law is that it often intersects with other fields of law. Paul Janda, of our Litigation Department, brought to my attention a new Colorado law, which is well-known to litigators, but not so much to employment attorneys. In today’s post, Paul tells us about how this new law could affect employers. 

Dealing with A Patchwork of Employment Laws: Colorado Checklist 

By: Colin A. Walker

August 24, 2021

In the last blog post (video), John Aplin, an experienced member and chair of many boards of directors, talked about the challenges faced by national and regional employers from differing state employment laws. This is often referred to as a “patchwork” of employment laws.

Employment Law for Boards of Directors

By: Colin A. Walker

August 10, 2021

Colin Walker and John Aplin, who has served on over 40 boards, discuss how employment law intersects with boards of directors. In this conversation they cover management concerns, how to handle romantic relationships in a board setting, board liability, and when to reach out to your employment lawyer for advice. 

Terminations

By: Colin A. Walker

Colin Walker and Adam McCoy, HR Leader at Cetera Financial Group, discuss best practices for terminations. Hear what you should consider from an in-house human resources perspective as well as an employment law perspective in the video below.

Recap of Employment Law in the 2021 Colorado Legislative Session

By: Colin A. Walker

June 24, 2021

The 2021 Colorado Legislative Session was interesting and full of drama.  

HR and Employment Law Considerations for Returning to Work After COVID-19

By: Colin A. Walker

June 9, 2021

Employment lawyer Colin Walker and Corporate HR Leader, Adam McCoy, discuss HR considerations around returning to the office including hybrid work schedules, avoiding discrimination claims when determining office schedules, maintaining company culture, and when to reach out to your employment lawyer for guidance. 

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Happy New Year: Ready or Not, Here Comes 2022!

Senate Bill SB 21-217

Sixth Circuit to Preside Over Challenge to OSHA Vaccine Mandate

Court of Appeals Issues Temporary Stay of OSHA Vaccine Mandate

Navigating A Patchwork of Employment Laws: An HR Perspective

How A Recently Overturned Colorado Supreme Court Law Affects Employers

Dealing with A Patchwork of Employment Laws: Colorado Checklist 

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Recap of Employment Law in the 2021 Colorado Legislative Session

HR and Employment Law Considerations for Returning to Work After COVID-19

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Considerations for Departing Executives

Measures to Reduce Risk upon Separation

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Traps for the Unwary Executive or Founder When Offering Securities

Tax Considerations with Severance Pay: Section 409A

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Termination of the Employment Relationship

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