Return to Work Guidance for Workers

The Safer at Home Executive Order D 2020 044 addresses worker rights and protections when returning to work, especially for vulnerable populations. Emergency rule adopted April 27, 2020 to ensure that workers, and particularly workers who are vulnerable Individuals, are not in danger of losing unemployment insurance eligibility for refusal to return to COVID-19-related demonstrable, unsafe working conditions.

Return to Work Guidance Fact Sheet


The Safer at Home Executive Order D 2020 044 addresses worker rights and protections when returning to work, especially for vulnerable populations.

  • What if my employer is requiring me to return to work but I don’t feel safe?

  • Where can I learn more or ask questions about paid leave, discrimination/accommodation, or workplace safety?

  • Will I lose my unemployment benefits if I don’t return to work?

For these questions about returning to work, unemployment benefit eligibility and paid sick leave Read our FAQs


Contact information and other resources:

  • For the federal paid leave rules applicable to employers with fewer than 500 employees: read this U.S. Department of Labor information page, then call 1-866-487-9243 or (720) 264-3250 with any remaining questions. 

  • For the Colorado HELP Rules applicable to employers of all size in the industries listed above: read this Colorado Department of Labor and Employment page on the Colorado HELP Rules, then call (303) 318-8441 or email cdle_labor_standards@state.co.us with any remaining questions.  

  • For information on workplace discrimination and accommodation, contact the Colorado Civil Rights Division or the local office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

  • For workplace safety issues and violations, contact the local office of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.