Dianne Criswell: Article History

November 17, 2023

New Changes to Employment Practices

In 2023, the Colorado legislature made additional changes to the preexisting programs listed in this article and created new statutory employment protections. This article overviews these policy changes in order to provide information to CSD Pool members.

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August 3, 2022

What Districts Need to Know: 1st Amendment

Special districts are political subdivisions of the state, and are subject to the prohibition on government restriction of free speech in the First Amendment.

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August 3, 2022

A Deep Dive on Governmental Immunity

What seems like a foreign concept is really part of the fabric of state and local governments, including special districts.

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March 16, 2022

Employment Practices Legislative Changes

In 2019 and 2020, members of the Colorado General Assembly, as well as statewide voters, made major policy changes in areas of employment practices and benefits which apply to special districts: the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Public Health Emergency Whistleblower law, and the Family and Medical Leave Insurance program.

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October 26, 2021

A Look at Youth Employment Laws

This article provides general information about the application of the state and federal laws that govern the employment of youth.

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August 11, 2021

A Note on Requirements for Legal Counsel

A few guidelines to help ensure attorneys acting as defense counsels are qualified.

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July 23, 2021

Social Media Risks for Special Districts

Public entities should consider the following when posting and commenting online.

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July 22, 2020

Update on HB20-1415 and SB20-205

HB20-1415 and SB20-205, introduced in the 2020 session of the Colorado General Assembly, took effect upon the Governor’s signature in the last couple of weeks. Some provisions of SB20-205 and the entirety of HB20-1415 place statutory requirements on employers (both public and private) in the context of the continuing COVID-19 public health crisis. The Colorado […]

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March 30, 2020

What Do You Need To Know About Contracts?

This article highlights liability waivers and claim release agreements to explain why putting a formal, written agreement in place may be a good practice for your district.

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