Colorado Issues Emergency Paid Sick Leave Policy for Some Employees
If your employer does not give you paid sick leave to get tested for the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, you may have a case for a lawsuit.
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has temporarily required some employers to provide up to four days of paid sick leave for workers who are waiting to get the results of their COVID-19 test.
If you experienced flu-like symptoms, work in one of the listed industries, and your employer refused to pay you for the time off to get appropriate COVID-19 testing, reach out for a phone consultation with one of our attorneys. Call 303-688-0944 or schedule online.
Beginning March 11, 2020, the state directs employers to provide up to four days of paid sick leave for workers in the following industries:
- child care; or
- education, including transportation, food service, and related work at education establishments; or
- food services; or
- home health, if working with elderly, disabled, ill, or otherwise high-risk individuals; or
- leisure and hospitality; or
- nursing homes and community living facilities.
The emergency policy is in effect for at least 30 days (from March 11, 2020). If the state of emergency, declared of Governor Jared Polis, is extended, the emergency sick leave rule will continue, as well, according to the state labor department.
Read the executive order issued by Gov. Polis:
Paid Sick Leave to Protect the Public
The policy is intended to help reduce the spread of the respiratory illness in high-risk populations, like the elderly and individuals with compromised immune systems.
People who do not have paid sick leave are less likely to miss work to see a healthcare provide. Why? They likely cannot afford to take the unpaid time off. Not only does this put the worker’s health in jeopardy, it puts their co-workers, customers, and patients at risk of becoming infected, as well.
Employer Refuse Paid Sick Leave? Call us.
If you are employed in an industry listed above and you were tested for COVID-19, your employer is obligated per a order of Gov. Polis to pay you for sick leave during that testing period. If your employer did not provide you with paid sick leave, reach out for a phone consultation with one of our attorneys. Call 303-688-0944 or schedule online.