Colorado employers will quickly be required to supply employees with as much as six paid sick days per 12 months underneath the Wholesome Households and Workplaces Act (HFWA), signed into regulation by Governor Jared Polis on July 14, 2020. As a part of the HFWA, Colorado workers can even be entitled to extra paid sick depart within the occasion of a public well being emergency.
Nearly all of the HFWA will take impact and apply to companies with at the very least 16 workers starting on January 1, 2021 and might be expanded to cowl companies having fewer than 16 workers beginning on January 1, 2022. Nevertheless, part of the brand new regulation that broadens the Households First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will take impact instantly, staying in place via December 31, 2020. Particularly, the HFWA requires Colorado employers to supply two weeks of paid sick depart to workers affected by COVID-19, whatever the variety of workers they’ve. That is in distinction to the requirement underneath the FFCRA, which doesn’t apply to employers having greater than 500 workers.
Below the brand new regulation, Colorado workers will earn one hour of paid sick depart for each 30 hours labored, as much as a complete of 48 hours (or six eight-hour workdays) of paid sick depart in a 12 months. The depart can be utilized for the next functions:
The worker has a psychological or bodily sickness, damage or well being situation; must acquire a medical analysis, care or remedy of such sickness, damage or situation; or must acquire preventive medical care.
The worker must take care of a member of the family who has a psychological or bodily sickness, damage or well being situation; must acquire a medical analysis, care or remedy of such sickness, damage or situation; or must acquire preventive medical care.
The worker or member of the family has been the sufferer of home abuse, sexual assault or harassment and must be absent from work for functions associated to such crime.
A public official has ordered the closure of the college or place of care of the worker’s youngster or of the worker’s place of job as a consequence of a public well being emergency, necessitating the worker’s absence from work.
Within the occasion of a public well being emergency, workers might be entitled to extra sick depart of as much as 80 hours, primarily based on the variety of hours the worker works.
Though workers might be allowed to roll over unused paid sick time into subsequent calendar years, they won’t be permitted to make use of greater than 48 hours in a given 12 months. Employers should not required to reimburse workers for unused paid sick depart upon separation from employment, although workers could recuperate paid sick depart as a treatment for retaliatory personnel motion that prevented them from utilizing paid sick depart.
If a Colorado employer already gives sick depart that’s corresponding to that mandated by the HFWA, and if it permits workers to make use of that depart as permitted underneath the act, the employer just isn’t required to supply extra paid sick depart. Employers could present extra paid sick depart than that required by the brand new regulation.
Employers should notify their workers of their rights underneath the HFWA by offering a written discover of their rights and by displaying a poster, developed by the Colorado Division of Labor Requirements and Statistics, that particulars workers’ rights underneath the HFWA. As well as, the brand new regulation imposes documentation necessities for monitoring the accrual and use of sick time.
In enacting the HFWA, Colorado joins twelve states and the District of Columbia, which have already adopted comparable laws.
The HFWA could be learn in its entirety right here.
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