July 26, 2016
Authored by: Donald Samuels and Anthony George
The Colorado General Assembly ended the 2016 session by passing significant employment legislation. In June 2016, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law House Bill 16-1432, granting employees access to personnel files upon request, and House Bill 16-1438 expanding protections for pregnant employees. All Colorado employers should familiarize themselves with these new laws and update related policies before they take effect.
House Bill 16-1432 grants current and former employees the right to access their personnel files upon request. When the Act takes effect, likely on January 1, 2017, the provisions will be found at C.R.S. § 8-2-129.
This new law provides current and former employees access to their personnel files and allows current employees to obtain a copy of their personnel files.
Defining “Personnel Files”
The Act defines personnel files as “the personnel records of an employee, in the manner maintained by the employer and using reasonable efforts by the