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Colorado Compliance and Regulatory Resources

One of the top struggles for business owners is Colorado is staying compliant with state business regulations. Paychex aims to simplify HR compliance by giving businesses resources to navigate the complex landscape of state compliance. Uncover the specific requirements your business may need to meet such as workplace retirement programs, tax rates and limits, and more.

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State Tax Rates and Limits

State Supplemental Withholding Rate*


2024 CO Withholding Tables

State Unemployment Taxable Wage Base Limit


State Unemployment Rate Range for Employers

0.81% to 12.34% - rates include surcharges

State Unemployment New Employer Rate

Non-Construction: 1.70%; Construction 1.73% (NAICS code 236); 6.33% (NAICS code 237), 1.73% (NAICS code 238)

State Hourly Minimum Wage

$14.42 (special rules apply; refer to state laws)

State Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees

$11.40 (special rules apply; refer to state laws)

CO wage and hour information

Pay Transparency

In effect since Jan. 1, 2021, employers within the state with at least one employee, regardless of their physical location, must comply with the Colorado pay transparency law.

  • Must disclose compensation or ranges of compensation (hourly or salary) for all positions in Colorado and those that can be performed remotely from within the state. Additional information also must be disclosed.
  • Pay ranges (either rate or range of compensation), a description of bonuses, commissions, and benefits (e.g., health care, retirement, PTO) must be included in any job postings.

There is an exception. Promotion posting requirements do not apply to employees outside Colorado nor do compensation posting requirements for jobs performed entirely outside Colorado and for postings entirely outside Colorado.

  • Records (job descriptions, wage history) must be kept for each employee for the duration of employment plus two years.

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State-Facilitated Retirement Programs

Secure Savings

Visit our retirement hub to learn more.

Workplace Safety


Colorado is a federal OSHA state jurisdiction which covers most private-sector workers within the state. State and local government workers are not covered by federal OSHA. Additional information available.

Workers' Compensation

Coverage is mandatory for employers with any employees.

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