SB 21-087 Legislation and Rulemaking

On June 25, 2021, Senate Bill 21-087 (“SB87”), on agricultural labor rights and responsibilities, was signed into law by Governor Jared Polis. Though SB87 took effect as law immediately upon being signed, its provisions take effect with varied dates.


For the full text of the legislation, please visit the legislative page for SB 87. Download a copy of the legislation here

Hand Weeding Rule

View the final rules for hand weeding (8-CCR-1208 RULES PERTAINING TO HAND WEEDING AND HAND THINNING BY AGRICULTURAL WORKERS) on the Secretary of State's website. You can read the Summary of New Hand Weeding Requirements here

Other Agriculture Worker Regulations

In addition to the regulations regarding hand weeding and hand thinning, SB21-87 also established new regulations related to worker protection from heat, worker access to service providers, and new hourly wage and overtime requirements. These new provisions are governed by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

I. Colorado Minimum Wage  

II.  Overtime and Break (Rest and Meal Periods)

III. Key Service Providers

IV. Short Handled Hoe, Heat Stress Training, Shade, Water

V. Hand Weeding

VI. Enforcement: Scope of Coverage; Notice of Rights;  Protected Activity & Retaliation; Complaints & Remedies


    For information from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, please visit the CDLE website.