There is no Colorado law that requires private sector employers to provide employees with paid or unpaid sick leave, although many employers do grant it as an important employee benefit.
It is important to remember, however, that if sick leave is promised, an employer may create a legal obligation to grant it. Employers should regularly review statements made in handbooks or elsewhere to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If changes are necessary, the policy should be revised and employees notified of the changes.
Colorado regulations require that public sector employees be granted paid sick leave for health reasons, including diagnostic and preventive examinations, treatment, and recovery.
A doctor's certification may be required after three consecutive full working days of absence, or for absences of fewer days at the discretion of the employer.
Accrued sick leave may be used for the health needs of the employee's child under the age of 18 or an adult child incapable of self-care, parent, spouse, legal dependent, or person in the household for whom the employee is the primary caregiver (CO Code Reg. Tit. 4 Sec. 801 P-5-5 et seq.).