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Terms of Employment: Colorado

Terms of Employment requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Thomas W. Carroll, Susan W. Kline and Mary L. Will, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


  • Misclassification of independent contractors is receiving increasing attention and Colorado has its own enforcement mechanism for misclassifying workers. See The Employment Relationship.
  • Colorado is an at-will employment state. However, Colorado recognizes contract, tort and statutory exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine. See The At-Will Employment Relationship.
  • Colorado has a statute that governs covenants not to compete and some covenants not to solicit that employers must comply with in order to enforce restrictive covenants. See Restrictive Covenants in Employment.
  • Colorado courts have described factors for employers to consider when analyzing whether an employer's information is a trade secret. See Uniform Trade Secrets Act.