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Denver and its Neighbors Return to Work: Mayor Announces Expiration of Stay-at-Home Order and Ushers in Period of COVID-19 “Relief and Recovery”

At a press conference on May 5, 2020, City and County of Denver, Colorado Mayor Michael Hancock announced that Denver’s “Stay at Home” Order will expire on May 8, 2020. Shortly after, Boulder County, Jefferson County, and the Tri-County Health Department (covering Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties) announced that they, too, would be allowing their stay-at-home orders to expire on May 8, 2020.

Colorado Civil Rights Division Issues Emergency Rule and FAQs Addressing Employees Concerned about Returning to the Workplace

As the nuances of Colorado Governor Jared Polis’s “Safer at Home” Order continue to reveal themselves to Colorado employers resuming operations, one more state agency has weighed in: the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD).

Denver Joins a Growing Number of Colorado Municipalities Mandating Face Coverings While in Public

Late on Friday, May 1, 2020, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced that the City and County of Denver will join other Colorado municipalities, as well as several private retailers and transportation providers, in requiring residents to wear “face coverings” in a broad array of public settings. The order will take effect at 12:00 a.m. MST on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, and will carry a civil penalty of up to $999.00 per violation.

Colorado Issues Temporary Emergency Rule Requiring Paid Sick Leave (UPDATED)

Many Colorado employers will need to immediately provide paid sick leave to certain workers as a response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. As part of Governor Jared Polis’s March 10 State of Disaster Emergency declaration, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment was instructed to issue emergency regulations requiring paid and unpaid sick leave for certain industries. Yesterday, the agency released an emergency rule governing paid sick leave for certain industries. The rule temporarily requires employers in these industries to provide four days of paid sick leave to employees with flu-like symptoms who are being tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Colorado’s “Safer at Home” Order Permits Some Businesses to Reopen with Strict COVID-19 Suppression Measures

On April 27, 2020, Colorado began its phased relaxation of the statewide stay-at-home restrictions in place since March 25, 2020, with Governor Jared Polis’s issuance of Executive Order D 2020 044, styled the “Safer at Home” Order. Colorado has thus joined the growing number of states permitting certain employees to report to work.

Colorado Expands Coverage and Amount of Leave under Health Emergency Leave with Pay (HELP) Rules

On April 27, 2020, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment amended its Health Emergency Leave with Pay (HELP) Rules, which require certain employers to provide employees paid sick leave for a covered COVID-19 reason. The HELP Rules were originally issued on March 11, 2020, and minor amendments expanding industry coverage were subsequently issued on March 26 and April 3. The latest changes are a response to Governor Polis’s April 26 Safer at Home Executive Order, which gradually allows certain businesses to operate at greater capacity. Key portions of the April 27, 2020 amendments to the HELP Rules are highlighted below.

Colorado Enters its “Safer At Home” Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic, But Many Municipalities Remain on Lockdown

On April 27, 2020, Colorado will enter a new phase in its fight against COVID-19, when the “Stay-at-Home” Order issued by Governor Polis expires and is replaced by what the governor has labeled relaxed “Safer at Home” restrictions. While the governor has not yet issued an executive order setting forth the precise terms of these new restrictions, his administration has released piecemeal information outlining the general contours of what “safer at home” means for Colorado.

What Colorado Employers Need To Know About New Face Covering Requirement

Colorado Governor Jared Polis just issued a new executive order: “Ordering Workers in Critical Businesses and Critical Government Functions to Wear Non-Medical Face Coverings.” The order requires the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to issue an order requiring workers in Critical Business and Critical Government Functions to:

Colorado Governor Issues Statewide ‘Stay at Home’ Order

The Governor Jared Polis has issued a “stay at home” order in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and provide an opportunity for the healthcare system to prepare for the expected increase in demand.

Colorado COVID-19 HELP Rules Expand Covered Industries & Uses

By Laurie J. Rust and Sebastian Chilco on March 27, 2020 On March 26, 2020, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment amended its Health Emergency Leave with Pay (HELP) Rules that require certain employers to provide employees up to four paid sick leave days for a covered COVID-19 reason. The revised rules cover employees under a health care provider's instructions to quarantine or isolate due to a risk of having COVID-19, in addition to employees with flu-like symptoms who are being tested for COVID-19. Additionally, the revised rules apply to employees at retail establishments that sell groceries, in addition to those who work for an employer engaged in the field of leisure and hospitality, food services, child care, education at all levels (including related services, such as but not limited to cafeterias and transportation to, from, and on campuses), home health care (working with elderly, disabled, ill, or otherwise high-risk individuals), operating a nursing home, or operating a community living facility.
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