Colorado enacted the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA), Senate Bill 20-205, to require employers to provide employees with up to six days, or up to 48 hours, of earned paid sick leave on January 1, 2021. All employers, regardless of size, must begin providing earned paid sick leave effective January 1, 2022. Topics to be covered include:
Colorado enacts Whistleblowers and Public Health Emergencies
- Employee Eligibility
- How Employees Accrue Paid Sick Leave
- Reasons for Taking Accrued Sick Leave
- Taking Paid Sick Leave
- Carry Over of Accrued Sick Leave
- Paid Sick Leave Separation
- Paid Sick Leave and Public Health Emergencies
- Notice to Employees
- Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay (HELP) Rules Terminated
On July 11, 2020, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed legislation, House Bill 1415, prohibiting employers, and entities that annually contract with five or more independent contractors in the state, from discriminating, retaliating, or taking adverse action against any worker who:
- Raises any concern about workplace health and safety practices or public health emergency’s practices fail to meet federal, state, or local public health agency guidelines for the workplace; or
- Voluntarily wears their own personal protective equipment (PPE), such a mask, face guard or gloves, at their workplace if it provides more protection than the employer-provided PPE or is recommended by a public health agency.
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is a partner at Stinson LLP. He focuses his practice on litigation, compliance, and regulatory advice to financial institutions and other highly regulated industry clients. He also serves on Stinson's COVID-19 Task Force and has been assisting clients with contractual enforcement issues related to the pandemic.
is a partner at Stinson LLP. She focuses her practice on Environmental Health and Safety, including compliance counseling on OSHA's safe workplace standards. Currently, Brittany is serving on Stinson's COVID-19 Task Force and has been assisting employers with understanding emerging COVID-19 related guidance and merging that with long-standing OSHA requirements.
is a partner at Stinson LLP. She focuses her practice on employment law advising, compliance, and litigation. As a member of Stinson’s COVID-19 Task Force, Alisa has been helping employers manager a variety of pandemic employment issues including employee absences, return to work issues, paid and unpaid leave, and navigating new legal requirements imposed by new laws and state and local orders.