New Recycle Bins Bring Options
Just in time to repurpose all the paper and plastics from your kick-off-to-summer BBQs and family picnics, the recycle roll-out bins at the two Lake County remote sites have received a major upgrade.
“We have just received our 2 new 30-yard roll-offs to be used for cardboard,” explained Mabel Bogeart, Lake County Public Works Administrative Assistant regarding the bins at the Community Park and southern location at the junction of Highway 24S and County Road 10. Earlier this year, Colorado Department Public Health and Environment awarded the Lake County landfill a Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) Grant.
The RREO program exists to fund projects that lead to new opportunities to divert waste from the landfill and create jobs. As funding opportunities for infrastructure development through the RREO Grant Program have grown more complex over time, the intent of this solicitation was to offer “mini-grants” through a simplified application process for small-scale projects that meet the goals of the RREO Grant Program.
Proposals were accepted from applicants for equipment, supplies, and/or information and outreach materials used to support a new or existing recycling, organics, reuse, or waste reduction programs.
In addition, local businesses are encouraged to take their recycling to the processing center at the gate to the landfill, instead of using the drop sites. The recycling center is open to the public and is free. All items must be sorted into the proper bins. Please note that all cans and the plastic item must be rinsed of any food or liquids if not they will be refused. If you have questions or suggestions, contact Lake County Landfill and Recycling at 719-486-3099 or visit their website.
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Workforce Center: New Location, New Laws
The Leadville Workforce Center is on the move, so if you’re looking for a job or looking for some summer employees, be sure to stop into their new location.
“We are in the New Discovery Building up at the CMC Campus, in room 219,” said Sue Miller, Employment Specialist/ Rural Resort Sub Area.
In other employment news, the 2019 Legislative Session brought changes for employers. The following information was provided by the Colorado Workforce Center regarding changes in Colorado Labor laws and encourages all businesses to get legal counsel about how this new legislation could impact your business.
The Strengthening Protections for Consumer Data (House Bill 18-1128)
This bill sets forth new requirements for the treatment of personally identifiable information, including email addresses with passwords, credit or debit card numbers combined with access codes or passwords, and biometric data. According to the new law, if businesses have information stored, either digitally or on paper, containing these items, or use third parties to maintain the information, then they must take steps to protect this data. The law requires organizations have a written policy about how it will protect and dispose of this information, as well as an employee training program on these procedures.
Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (Senate Bill 19-085)
The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act seeks to ensure gender pay equity by requiring employers to publicly post job openings with estimated salaries, prohibiting employers from asking about salary history and allowing an employee to sue over wage discrepancies. Sponsors compromised with business groups by not specifically not banning mediation, reducing the years of potential back pay to three from six, and delaying the law’s start date by a year to 2021.
The Timing of an Inquiry into a Job Applicant’s Criminal History (House Bill 19-1025)
According to this new law, Colorado businesses will be barred from asking about a potential employee’s criminal history on job applications, though they can run a background check and follow up later in the hiring process. The bill will become effective on or after September 1, 2019 for employers with 11 or more employees; on or after September 1, 2021 for all employers.
Local Government Minimum Wage (House Bill 1210)
This new bill allows 10 percent of local governments in Colorado to set their own minimum wage at or above the state’s wage, which increases to $12 an hour in January.
Penalties for Failure to Pay Wages (House Bill 19-1267)
This bill will make failure to pay wages a criminal theft and a felony charge if more than $2,000 is owed to a worker. House Bill 1267 was brought by labor advocates, particularly in the construction industry, who see workers lured to jobs by labor brokers, or “coyotes,” who then fail to pay them as promised. Wage theft is a key part of Colorado’s underground economy where cash flows under the table.
FAMLI Bill (Creation of a Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Senate Bill 19-188)
Although the bill was not passed in the 2019 Legislative session, the proposed legislation will enter a study phase for the next six months, including the formation of several task forces, the collection and analysis of additional data, all culminating in an independent actuarial analysis and recommendations to the committee by early January, 2020.