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Remedies At Law For Violating Colorado Youth Act

Concerning clarifying that workers' compensation is not the exclusive remedy for persons aggrieved by violations of the "Colorado Youth Employment Opportunity Act of 1971".
2023 Regular Session
Children & Domestic Matters
Labor & Employment
Bill Summary

The act amends the "Colorado Youth Employment Opportunity Act of 1971" (CYEOA) to allow aggrieved parties, including parents of children protected by the CYEOA, to pursue remedies at law and in equity for violations of the act, in addition to workers' compensation remedies, if:

  • An injury occurs to a minor during a week when the employer intentionally required the minor to work hours in violation of those allowed by the CYEOA; or
  • An injury occurs to a minor while the minor was engaging in work prohibited by the CYEOA.

The act clarifies that economic damages for claims in tort recovered by a party aggrieved by a violation of the CYEOA against the employer of a minor pursuant to the act must be reduced by the amount of compensation and benefits that the minor or the minor's dependents received for the same harm through the employer's workers' compensation insurance.

APPROVED by Governor June 7, 2023

EFFECTIVE July 1, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details