The Colorado Senate approved a bill increasing penalties for employers that fail to pay wages due their workers.

The Senate gave final approval 33-2 to the bill (H.B. 1267) April 24 and sent it to Gov. Jared Polis (D), who’s expected to sign it. The measure would define failure to pay workers the pay they’re due as a theft, and when the wages owed are greater than $2,000, a felony.

Employers could be found liable under the bill...