Unemployment - Colorado Dept of Labor
Updated: Apr 20, 2020
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IMPORTANT NOTE: The information on this page is specific to unemployment as related to COVID-19. It does not necessarily include information for traditional employees filing regular unemployment claims.
Click here for the main unemployment page from the Colorado Department of Labor.
If you have lost your job or have reduced hours or wages due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Click here for more information and to file a claim.
As of April 20th, the Colorado Department of Labor will begin including the additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits for those who are eligible for this benefit under the CARES Act. Note that as of right now, this additional $600 will be paid to you each week you receive unemployment for up to 4 months or until 7/31/2020, whichever comes first.
Worker Unemployment FAQs can be viewed here.
Tips from the Department of Labor:
- If possible, use a personal computer (PC) and Google Chrome as the browser. Using smartphones or tablets may cause difficulties in filing.
- If you receive errors, clear your browser history and cache
- While filing a claim, click the Save & Finish Later button often. If you exit, click File a Claim to return to the last page you saved.
- File during non-peak hours (evenings after 8 p.m., late nights, early mornings).
NOTE THAT THE SYSTEM IS DOWN FOR MAINTENANCE BETWEEN 6 and 8 P.M. NIGHTLY.
- You must provide information about the reason you are no longer working for all employers from the last 18 months. If you have a lot of information to include, it is best if you type up this information before you start, then copy/paste at the appropriate time.
- Once finished, click Submit one time. When the claim is successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation page and number
To estimate the amount of benefits you will receive (not including the additional $600 per week), go here.
If you will have employees filing unemployment claims, the general web page regarding responding to job separations can be found here.
To expedite the process so that employees can begin receiving benefits as quickly as possible, we recommend registering for online access here.
If you are only reducing hours, you may be eligible for the Work-Share program. Information on this program can be found here.
Employer Unemployment FAQs can be viewed here.
* PER THE FAQs – If you pay premiums based on your employee wages and the reason the employee filed the claim is the result of the COVID-19 pandemic, benefits will not be charged to your account.