Information and Resources on Coronavirus

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has a variety of resources for workers and resources for employers who are impacted by the Coronavirus.

We encourage you to visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) website for the most up-to-date information and additional resources. You can also follow them on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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Resources for Workers

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Resources for Employees Whose Employers are Closed or Working Fewer Hours

If you are not working or are working fewer hours as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may file an unemployment claim.

To file a claim, go to

  • If your last name begins with the letter A - M, file a claim on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or after 12 noon on Saturday.

  • If your last name begins with the letter N - Z, file a claim on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or before 12 noon on Saturday.

  • Be sure to check out the Other tips at

If you are an independent contractor, 1099 worker, or self employed, you may not be eligible to file a claim. See the Common Unemployment Questions in the FAQs for more information.

For more information about unemployment insurance benefits, go to

Read our FAQs (last updated 03-23-20)

Helpful Facts About Unemployment Insurance Benefits (PDF)
Datos Útiles Acerca de los Beneficios de Desempleo (PDF)

Paid sick leave

Workers in certain industries are eligible for up to four days of paid sick leave when experiencing flu-like symptoms AND awaiting test results for COVID-19. The covered industries are:  leisure and hospitality; food services; child care; education, including transportation, food service, and related work at educational establishments; home health, if working with elderly, disabled, ill, or otherwise high-risk individuals and; nursing homes and community living facilities.

Read our FAQs

Wage Claims

If you did not get paid for any hours worked you can file a wage claim to recover wages.

Looking for Work

If you are looking to supplement your income, several employers are hiring, including health care, grocery stores, package delivery companies, and companies offering online products for delivery. Register at for more details.

Other resources

COVID-19 Facts for Coloradans
To read a concise and informative overview of the coronavirus, visit CDPHE’s website, which houses fact sheets in English, Spanish (español), Mandarin (普通话), and Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt).

CO HELP: COVID-19 hotline
For answers to your questions in many languages, including English, Spanish (español), Mandarin (普通话), and more, call 303-389-1687. You can also email, though the answers provided are only available in English.

Colorado COVID-19 Case Summary
For updates on how people have tested positive for coronavirus and more details related to ongoing developments, view the CDPHE’s case summary.

Guidance for school and child care closure
For current closure criteria, read the CDPHE’s fact sheet on the subject.

CDC: From the White House Coronavirus Task Force
This website contains information from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, including cases in the U.S., risk assessment, updates from the government, and more.

CDC: Coronavirus Travel Information
This website includes information on how to travel safely whether for personal or professional reasons.

John Hopkins’ Interactive Map of the Coronavirus Spread in Real Time
This map provides a clear overview of how many confirmed cases there are worldwide, where they are, how many people have died as a result of the coronavirus, and more.

Resources for Employers

Alternatives to Laying off Your Employees
The Division of Unemployment Insurance offers a Work-Share Program as an alternative to laying off your employees. Visit the website to see if your business qualifies.

Rapid Response

Employers experiencing a reduction in workforce are eligible for support services including consultation on layoff aversion strategies, onsite workshops for employees in transition, job placement assistance, and information on unemployment benefits. More info:

Notice to Employers

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act)

Unemployment Insurance

Read our FAQs (last updated 03-16-20)

Other Resources

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” to help companies respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace. The guidance was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
This guide, based on current knowledge of the coronavirus, gives employers information on how to prevent workplace exposures to the coronavirus in non-healthcare settings.

CDC: Keeping the Workplace Safe
This resource briefly summarizes what employers can do to ensure safe workplaces.

Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
This technical assistance document provides information about Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and pandemic planning in the workplace.

Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation: Information on FECA Coverage for Coronavirus Disease
This document, created for federal employees, outlines Federal Employees’ Compensation Act coverage as it relates to the novel coronavirus.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners: Coronavirus Resource Center
This page provides important information about the coronavirus for the public, the business community, and insurance professionals.

Society for Human Resource Management: Coronavirus information and FAQs
This website provides general information on the virus, as well as answers to common questions from employers. These answers are not legal advice.