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  • Writer's pictureBrian Senjem

Colorado Paid Sick Leave Law

The State of Colorado has passed The Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA)

For a summary of the Bill, click here. For the full Bill, click here. The Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA) was signed into law on July 14, 2020.  It includes the provisions outlined below.  Please note that this is only applicable to employers in Colorado. 1) COVID-19 Paid Leave  a) The Paid Leave Requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) apply to ALL private employers, regardless of size.  Small businesses CANNOT claim exemption.      b) This is effective July 15, 2020 and will last through December 31, 2020. IMPORTANT NOTES: - The FFCRA provides a refundable tax credit to employers for 100% of the paid leave wages paid to their employees - If you have employees requesting paid leave under the FFCRA, you MUST contact us for assistance with getting this set up in your payroll account 2) Permanent Paid Sick Leave      a) Effective January 1, 2021, employers with 16 or more employees MUST provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked up to a maximum of 48 hours per year.      b) Effective January 1, 2022, ALL employers - regardless of size - will be required to provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked up to a maximum of 48 hours per year.      c) This leave is applicable to absence from work for a variety of reasons and is not specific to COVID-19. IMPORTANT NOTE: - Easytrack Payroll will provide further details as we approach the effective dates and will assist employers with setting up this paid leave for their employees 3) Supplemental Public Health Emergency Leave    a) The permanent paid sick leave requirements include a provision requiring up to 80 hours of supplemental public health emergency leave that will apply during future public health emergencies declared by federal, state, or local public health agencies.

To comply with this ruling, ALL COLORADO EMPLOYERS must do the following: Post the full poster with the details of this ruling in a place where employees can see it.

- If you are enrolled in Easytrack Payroll's poster service, you will be receiving a hard copy of this poster in the mail.  If your service is on hold due to remote work, you should have received an email with a copy of this poster and instructions for sharing with your employees. 

- For those of you not enrolled in our service, you should order the full poster as soon as possible.  In the interim, a temporary copy can be downloaded via this link.

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