Hot Sheet
A Publication of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association
October 11, 2022
The CMCA office will be closed on Friday, October 21st for walk-ins from 12-4:30 PM.
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REMINDER: New Employment Laws Begin 1/1/23 – Are You Ready?


A host of new employment laws are slated to take effect on January 1, 2023.  A quick synopsis of some of the major ones are below.  Please visit the CO Dept. of Labor website for more information at


The Colorado Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program (HB 18-1001) will officially begin 1/1/23.  FAMLI allows eligible CO employees up to 12 weeks of partial wage-replacement benefits annually to take care of their family, a designated person or themselves.  It is funded by a payroll tax on all employees and with an employer match on companies with 10 or more employees.  Funding begins in January 2023 and benefits will be paid for eligible claims starting in January 2024.


Beginning January 1, 2023, all required employers will have to submit premiums equal to 0.45% of employee’s wages to the State.  Employers are required to register with the FAMLI Division.

  • Employers with 9 or less employees are exempt from the employer’s portion
  • Employers may elect to pay the whole portion (0.9%) of the premium as a benefit to employees
  • Employers who offer their own family leave program may apply for an exemption – BUT – will still have to pay the employer portion of the tax until the state system is ready and an exemption is granted.  At that time, the employer can apply for a refund of any paid premiums


For additional information, visit the CDLE website at

Training on this and other employment law can be found on the Employers Council website at



2023 Minimum Wage Increases:

Denver: $17.29 / tipped employees $14.27

Colorado: $13.65 / tipped employees $10.63

Colorado minimum salary amount to be considered exempt $50,000


Colorado Secures Savings Program (SB 19-173) creates a defined contribution plan available to all Colorado employees.  It will begin in January 2023, with forced compliance / fines beginning January 2024.

Companies with 5 or more employees that do not offer a qualifying plan on their own and have been in business for two years or more MUST offer the program.  Visit this website for more information or access this PDF.

Trucks/Drivers Needed for Cadet Ride-a-Long Program


CMCA is once again partnering with the CSP Port of Entry to provide educational ride-a-longs for their current Cadet class. 


We need to pull together trucks/drivers for 3 dates: 10/21, 10/25 and 11/4.


The cadets will meet at CMCA, hear a brief overview of CMCA and the industry and then be partnered with a driver.  Drivers will conduct a thorough pre-trip inspection and explain the process to the Cadets first-hand.  In addition, drivers will provide an in-cab “orientation” on the safety features and technology involved.  After this, drivers will head out on the road for a few hours of driving to provide a real-time experience to the Cadets.


If your company is interested in participating, please contact Patti.  She can be reached at 303-433-3375, ext. 104 or at .

Heads Up! | It's already snowing in parts of the #Colorado mountains.


#ICYMI: All commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) driving on #I70 will be required to obey specific signage directing them into a checkpoint. If a CMV driver fails to stop, there will be troopers setup specifically to stop those failing to comply. Below are the remaining dates for the checkpoints:

October 14, 2022 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 17, 2022 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

October 26, 2022 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Penalty for CMV non-compliance with winter driving restrictions: Up to a $500 fine plus a $79 surcharge or, if you are stuck and blocking any traveled portion of the roadway the fine is $1,000 plus a $157 surcharge.

Learn more about Colorado's chain law at:

#KnowBeforeYouGo #DriveSafe #i70things #goi70

Carriers and Professional Drivers Needed to Help Move the Mission in 2022

Join the Honor Fleet Today and Haul a Load of Veterans’ Wreaths
COLUMBIA FALLS, Me., -- Oct. 5, 2022Lanes are currently open across the country to support the delivery of sponsored veterans’ wreaths to participating Wreaths Across America (WAA) locations this December! Professional drivers and carriers are needed to join the Honor Fleet and help the national nonprofit fulfill its mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, with the delivery of live, balsam veterans’ wreaths to their destination – one of more than 3,500 participating locations across the country – where volunteers will place these wreaths on the headstones of American heroes.  

To learn more about helping to move the mission and to register to participate, please visit our website

This year, WAA transportation partners will assist in delivering more than two and a half million veterans’ wreaths to be placed on graves of our fallen heroes all over the country on National Wreaths Across America Day – Saturday, December 17, 2022. Transportation partners who join us as volunteers will become a part of WAA’s Honor Fleet, get the opportunity to give back in recognition of the sacrifice our veterans make.  “With the help of our volunteer transportation partners in 2021 more than 525 truckloads of veterans’ wreaths were delivered across the country by hundreds of volunteer professional truck drivers,” said Don Queeney, WAA Director of Transportation. “We are immensely grateful for the support of our Honor Fleet carriers who are taking the opportunity to give back in recognition of the sacrifice our veterans make, and because of their support we are able to fulfill our mission.”
Last Classes Offered This Year...
Oct 13 - DOT Files and Recordkeeping (8am-Noon)
Oct 15 - Brake Certification (9am-Noon)
Nov 10 - Annual DOT Inspection Seminar (8am-Noon)
Dec 6 - Drug/Alcohol Reasonable Suspicion (1pm-4pm)
Dec 14 - Hours of Service Compliance Seminar (8am-Noon)
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