Colorado Sick Leave laws & HR compliance analysis

Colorado Sick Leave: What you need to know

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.
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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.).
Note: BLR® provides comprehensive employment law coverage at the federal and state levels. However, businesses may be subject to additional requirements at the local (city, county, and municipal) level.
For select cities, BLR will provide a brief overview of these requirements.
If your locality is not listed below or if you require further guidance on a law that is listed, we recommend contacting the area chamber of commerce or the appropriate local enforcement, executive, or legislative ...

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