Denver Auditor Timothy O'Brien

Denver Auditor Timothy O'Brien

On Feb. 27, the Denver auditor’s office will hold an information session at the Central Library about the city's new minimum wage regulations.

“Understanding minimum wage laws shouldn’t feel like work. We’re here to help the people of Denver understand what they should be paid and to help employers understand what they need to do to stay in compliance,” the office said in its announcement.

On Feb. 20, the auditor convened an information session in Spanish at the Consulate of Mexico in Glendale. Thursday's session will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The Denver city council established a new hourly minimum wage of $12.85 beginning on Jan. 1 for workers who do not receive tips. There is a separate minimum-wage requirement and a prevailing wage requirement for contractors on city-funded projects. The auditor’s office has organized enforcement of all wage laws under its “Denver Labor” initiative.

The office tracks whether people who did work on city-funded projects are owed back pay, and maintains a database on its website. The auditor has also debuted an online complaint form for alleged minimum wage violations. The auditor has the authority to impose $50 fines per employee per day for employers’ wage violations, and must impose fines of at least $1,000 per day for subsequent violations.

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