Gov. John Hickenlooper pushed for switch to biweekly lag pay without first getting approval from Colorado lawmakers
A significant shift to the payroll schedule for 27,000 state employees will no longer take place in July as expected, after the move failed to win approval from Colorado lawmakers.
The botched debut may cost the state as much as $5 million and represents yet another budget-busting delay for the implementation of a troubled $41.6 million human resources software system.
Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration decided in late 2017 to move employees on a monthly pay schedule to a biweekly “lag pay” system and began telling state employees about the transition in March – despite the fact it lacked the legal authority and encountered immediate skepticism from lawmakers about the decision.
In the final days of the 2018 legislative session, an outpouring of opposition from state employees – the vast majority of whom are currently paid monthly – prompted lawmakers to not take action.
“I think there is enough skepticism and opposition from state employees that it’s caused concern that … the executive branch hasn’t done a sufficient job in notifying or involving state employees,” said Sen. Dominick Moreno, a Commerce City Democrat and budget writer.