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Title Sick Leave For Employees
Status Sent to the Governor (06/29/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Labor & Employment
  • Public Health
House Sponsors K. Becker (D)
Y. Caraveo (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Bridges (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
House Committee Health and Insurance
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 05/26/2020
Description

The bill creates the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (act),
which requires employers to provide paid sick leave to employees under
various circumstances.
On and after the effective date of the act through December 31,
2020, employers are required to provide each of their employees paid sick
leave for employees to take for reasons related to the COVID-19

pandemic in the amounts and for the purposes specified in the federal
Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act in the Families First Coronavirus
Response Act.
Additionally, beginning January 1, 2021, the act requires all
employers in Colorado to provide paid sick leave to their employees,
accrued at one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to
a maximum of 48 hours.
An employee:
  • Begins accruing paid sick leave when the employee's
employment begins;
  • May use paid sick leave as it is accrued; and
  • May carry forward and use in subsequent calendar years
paid sick leave that is not used in the year in which it is
accrued.
Employees may use accrued paid sick leave to be absent from
work for the following purposes:
  • The employee has a mental or physical illness, injury, or
health condition; needs a medical diagnosis, care, or
treatment related to such illness, injury, or condition; or
needs to obtain preventive medical care;
  • The employee needs to care for a family member who has
a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition;
needs a medical diagnosis, care, or treatment related to
such illness, injury, or condition; or needs to obtain
preventive medical care;
  • The employee or family member has been the victim of
domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment and needs to
be absent from work for purposes related to such crime; or
  • A public official has ordered the closure of the school or
place of care of the employee's child or of the employee's
place of business due to a public health emergency,
necessitating the employee's absence from work.
In addition to the paid sick leave accrued by an employee, the act
requires an employer to provide its employees an additional amount of
paid sick leave during a public health emergency in an amount based on
the number of hours the employee works.
The act prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee
who uses the employee's paid sick leave or otherwise exercises the
employee's rights under the act. Employers are required to notify
employees of their rights under the act by providing employees with a
written notice of their rights and displaying a poster, developed by the
division of labor standards and statistics (division) in the department of
labor and employment, detailing employees' rights under the act.
Employers must retain records documenting, by employee, the
hours worked, paid sick leave accrued, and paid sick leave used and make
such records available to the division to monitor compliance with the act.
The director of the division will implement and enforce the act and
adopt rules necessary for such purposes. The act treats an employee's
information about the employee's or a family member's health condition
or domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment case as confidential and
prohibits an employer from disclosing such information or requiring the
employee to disclose such information as a condition of using paid sick
leave.
Employers, including public employers, that provide comparable
paid leave to their employees and allow employees to use that leave as
permitted under the act are not required to provide additional paid sick
leave to their employees.
Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement would
not be entitled to paid sick leave under the act if the collective bargaining
agreement expressly waives the requirements of the act and provides an
equivalent benefit to covered employees.

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