State labor department announces assistance during temporary shutdowns due to coronavirus

Special to The SUN
This week, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced assistance for workers and employers during temporary closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The guidance includes information for employees filing for unemployment insurance claims, as well as information on programs available for employers.
Workers who have a reduction in hours/wages may file an unemployment claim at A list of resources and FAQs on how to file is available on the CDLE’s website at by clicking on “Coronavirus Information and Resources.”
The department is also taking steps to reduce the impact of these claims on employers who have had to temporarily lay off staff due to closures or slowdowns. The CDLE encourages all employers to utilize paid leave and telework options for employees before utilizing temporary layoffs.
Employers can also consider alternatives to laying off staff through the CDLE’s Work Share Program. More information is available at or by email at
Unemployment insurance claims
If you are laid off due to business closures related to COVID-19, you can receive unemployment benefits, provided you meet all other eligibility requirements. File a claim online at Indicate you expect to return to work and are job-attached to your last employer.
The CDLE will process unemployment insurance payments to ensure payment will continue to be paid in a timely manner.
For more information, visit and click on “Coronoavirus Information and Resources.” Updates will be released as they become available.


This story was posted on March 22, 2020.