On Thursday, May 28th the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee received legislative updates from Senator Ray Scott, Senator Don Coram, Representative Rich and Representative Soper. The committee also took action on the following bills and draft legislation:
SB20-205 Sick Leave for Employees
Rationale: This bill extends Governor Polis's executive order on paid sick leave through December 31, 2020 and creates a new sick leave mandate beginning January 1, 2021. If passed, this bill will greatly undermine an employer’s ability to create flexible leave options with their employees.
Draft Legislation “ Workers’ Compensation for COVID-19”
Rationale: As drafted, this bill shifts the legal burden of proof onto the employer for WC claims associated with COVID-19. If this bill were to become law, the employer must prove that the worker did not contract the virus at the workplace through a very high legal standard of clear & convincing evidence if they choose to dispute the claim.
Draft Legislation “PFAS Contamination Response Enterprise”
Rationale: This bill adds a $0.05 per gallon fee to jet fuel in order to stand up an enterprise fund to deal with PFA’s. The Chamber strongly believes that now is not the time to increase fees on an industry that is already in free fall.
Along with opposing this draft legislation, the Governmental Affairs Committee also moved to oppose any legislation that increases fees on any industry during this current legislative session.
Draft Legislation “COVID-19 Whistleblower Protection”
Rationale: The Chamber opposes this draft as written because it gives a disgruntled employee the unchecked power to defame an employer and their business.