Unemployment Resources for Employers and Dislocated Workers

The following information comes from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) website.  

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, visit coloradooui.gov.

  • 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 coloradoui.gov.

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 coloradoui.gov.

Read FAQs (last updated March 23, 2020)

Helpful Facts About Unemployment Insurance Benefits (PDF)
Datos Utiles 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.

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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 connectingcolorado.com for more details.

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.  For more information, visit

Notice to Employers

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act)

Unemployment Insurance

Read FAQs (last updated March 16, 2020)