Emergency Sick Leave Requirements Adopted by Labor Department

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has passed final emergency rules on paid sick leave due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The rules follow the State of Emergency declared by Governor Polis yesterday, which included directives for CDLE to 1) engage in emergency rulemaking for temporary paid sick leave and 2) identify additional supports and wage replacement such as access to unemployment insurance.

The rules temporarily require employers in certain industries to provide up to four days of paid sick leave to employees with flu-like symptoms who are being tested for Coronavirus. This will take effect today for 30 days, or longer if the state of emergency continues.

CDLE is also reviewing options to expand eligibility for unemployment insurance and wage replacement under existing rules.

Please see the following links for the emergency sick leave rule and additional information.