Colorado emergency rules apply to limited number of workers
By: Julia Cardi
The federal government and Colorado are proposing widely varied approaches for helping employers and workers weather the possibility of a spike in needs for sick leave during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. Jared Polis announced emergency Department of Labor and Employment rules last Wednesday requiring paid sick leave for employees under testing for the virus. The rules require four days of leave and applies to a limited number of employment sectors: leisure and hospitality, food service, community living facilities, child care, and home health workers who give care to elderly people. According to a previous report from Colorado Public Radio, the rule applies to an estimated 15% of workers in Colorado.