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HR Update: Colorado Enacts an Emergency Rule on Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19

By March 24, 2020 No Comments

Colorado issued an emergency rule that temporarily requires employers in certain industries to provide up to four (4) days of paid sick leave to employees with flu-like symptoms who are undergoing testing for COVID-19. The rule took effect on March 11, 2020, for 30 days, or longer if the state of emergency declared by the Governor continues. The rule affects employers in the following industries:

  • Leisure and Hospitality;
  • Food Services;
  • Child Care;
  • Education, including transportation, food service, and related work at educational establishments;
  • Home health, if working with elderly, disabled, ill, or otherwise high-risk individuals;
  • Nursing homes; and
  • Community living facilities.

 The requirement is not on top of sick leave an employer already provides and does not cover wage replacement should an employee test positive and require quarantine, resulting in lost work time and wages. FAQs and resource pages for both workers and employers can be found at

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