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Bill Detail: SB20-170

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Title Update Colorado Employment Security Act
Status Governor Signed (07/14/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Labor & Employment
House Sponsors D. Jackson (D)
M. Duran (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Danielson (D)
House Committee State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee Finance
Date Introduced 02/18/2020
Description

For the purposes of establishing a worker's eligibility for benefits
under the Colorado Employment Security Act (Act), the bill relocates
the definition of immediate family and amends the definition to include:
  • A sibling of the worker who is under 18 years of age and
for whom the worker stands in loco parentis; and
  • A sibling of the worker who is incapable of self-care due to
a mental or physical disability or a long-term illness.
Under current law, a worker who separates from a job because of
domestic violence may be eligible for benefits under the Act if the worker
reasonably believes that the worker's continued employment would
jeopardize the safety of the worker or any member of the worker's
immediate family and the worker provides the division of unemployment
insurance either:
  • An active or recently issued protective order or other order
documenting the domestic violence or a police record
documenting recent domestic violence; or
  • A statement substantiating recent domestic violence from
a qualified professional from whom the worker has sought
assistance for the domestic violence, such as a counselor,
shelter worker, member of the clergy, attorney, or health
worker.
The bill eliminates the requirement that a worker provide either
form of documentation in order to establish the worker's eligibility for
benefits under the Act.
The bill substitutes the term severance allowance for
remuneration in a provision that concerns remuneration received by an
individual who has been separated from employment.

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