If your company is based in Colorado, there’s another state mandate coming your way, driven by a desire by lawmakers to provide relief to workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
While everyone agrees that sick employees should stay home, the new legislation adds to the confusing array of state and local sick-leave laws that pose significant administrative and compliance challenges. Colorado is now one of about a dozen states to require private employers to offer paid sick leave for workers. Each state law has different rules about who is covered, reasons leave can be used, the rate at which employees accrue paid leave and waiting periods before paid sick leave can be used.
In Colorado, beginning Jan. 1, employers with more than 15 workers will have to allow employees to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours they work. Workers can accrue up to 48 hours of sick leave a year.
Employers with 15 or fewer employees will have to offer the accrual starting in 2022.
The legislation behind this new requirement is called the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act. Here’s a look at some of the details:
Under the law, an employee:
Employees may use accrued paid sick leave to be absent from work for the following reasons:
Employers that already 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.
Companies with operations in other states will want to take a close look at their paid-sick-leave benefits to ensure they’re in compliance with the laws of every jurisdiction in which they operate.
Mike Burch is a Vice President and advisor in CCIG’s Employee Benefits department. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, at 720-212-2070, or connect via LinkedIn.
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