What Colorado’s New Laws on Covid-related Needs and Accrued Sick Leave Means for Your Business

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By now, Covid-19 has affected just about everyone’s life in some fashion.  This blog is meant to raise awareness to employers on yet another effect that Covid-19 might have on your business and outline Colorado’s new accrued paid sick leave.

Starting January 1, 2022, Colorado strengthened its Public Health Emergency Leave Policy which allows for two weeks of paid leave for Covid-19 related needs.   The new law expanded paid leave for Covid-related needs to apply to all employees and to all businesses, no matter how big or small (unless you’re the Federal Government). Broken down, this amounts to 80 hours for a full-time employee, but are less if part-time.

What does “Covid-related needs” mean?  Covid-19 related need are not defined as only being for confirmed cases.  Covid-19 related needs include:

  • Illness with Covid-19 symptoms;
  • Quarantining or isolating due to Covid-19 exposure;
  • Covid testing;
  • Vaccination and side effects;
  • Inability to work due to health conditions that may increase susceptibility or risk of Covid-19;
  • Covid-19 related needs of family (illness, school closure, etc.)

It is important to note that if you are an employer, you cannot require documentation from your employee which shows that the leave is for Covid-19 related needs.  As an employer, you’ll have to take their word and give them the paid time off or you will be violating Colorado law.

Aside from paid sick leave for Covid-19 related needs, what’s different about this year’s accrued leave vs. last years?  Starting January 1, 2022, all employers, no matter how big or small, must provide accrued paid sick leave.  Prior to January 1,2022, this law applied only to companies with more than 15 employees.  The new accrued leave laws require that for every 30 hours an employee works, the employer must provide for one hour of paid sick leave with a maximum of 48 hours per year.  This means that if an employer has a full-time employee (40 hours per week), Colorado law requires the employer to provide 48 hours of paid sick leave.

Contact The Drake Law Firm For Additional Information

These are just a few of the considerations which you will need to think about as an employee. Although handling these considerations may feel like a hassle, the truth is that following Colorado employment law regulations is absolutely necessary. For more information, contact the Drake Law Firm today by calling 303-261-8111.


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