Cataclysmic Changes in Business
In a year beset by cataclysmic changes in business and social life, Colorado employers faced more than just ever-changing guidance and advice on how to keep themselves and their employees safe. They also faced the near-herculean task of staying abreast of constantly changing paid sick leave rules. Many experienced truly sickening whiplash in 2020. Search homes for sale in Flying Horse Colorado Springs at http://www.rehava.com
HELP Rules Provide Anything But
2020 started with no Colorado or federal requirements to provide paid sick leave to their employees. Many Colorado employers first had to grapple with the Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay (HELP) rules, which significantly changed the landscape. HELP was effective on March 11, 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking hold. The HELP rules issued by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) first mandated that employers in discrete industries provide sick leave. Industries impacted are; leisure and hospitality, food services, child care, education, home health care, nursing homes, and community living facilities. Employers are required to provide up to four days of fully paid sick leave for employees who (1) had flu-like symptoms and (2) were being tested for the corona virus.
More Changes to the Rules
Effective March 26, 2020, the CDLE changed the rules, adding a new category of covered industry. Retail establishments selling groceries were added. The HELP guidelines were expanded to include those who (1) had flu-like symptoms and (2) were being tested for COVID-19 or were under instructions from a healthcare provider to quarantine or isolate because of a corona virus risk.
Just as Colorado employers were digesting the new (and amended) rules, the CDLE changed them further:
- Effective April 3, 2020, the agency added another expansive category of industry covered by the rules: food and beverage manufacturing
- Effective April 27, 2020, the CDLE overhauled the rules yet again, adding numerous additional categories of covered industries. Those include; retail establishments, real estate sales and leasing, office and office work, elective health services, and personal care services. This change made the rules applicable to huge swaths of Colorado employers.
At the same time, the CDLE changed both the amount of required paid sick leave and the rate at which it was paid out.
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