Policy & Legislative Updates for Businesses

STATE

Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay (HELP) GuidelinesTemporarily requires employers in certain industries to provide a small amount of paid sick leave to employees with flu-like symptoms who are being tested for COVID-19.
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade COVID-19 Resources: Economic-related COVID-19 announcements and public health updates are available on their website.
Coronavirus Policies and Protocols for the Colorado Restaurant Industry: Current updates regarding the status of restaurant regulations during the COVID-19 crisis.
Executive Order: Colorado Employers to Reduce In-Person Workforce by 50%This executive order was enacted to help limit the community spread of the virus. To read more about who this affects, visit this link
Instructions for Social Distancing Certification for Businesses from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, through Colorado State Emergency Operations Center: If your business is operating, you are required to comply with the social distancing requirement that all employees remain at least six feet apart at all times. Complete this certification and maintain in your business records. You may be required to produce this documentation to state or local law enforcement, public health agencies, or other government agencies with jurisdiction to demonstrate compliance.

State of Colorado Stay-At-Home Order: There have been a number of executive orders and public health orders released by the governor this month and the legal language used can be hard to understand. The State of Colorado has provided this document, written for the rest of us, about what they mean and who is affected. To review the actual order: Amended Public Health Order 20-24 Implementing Stay at Home Requirements.

FEDERAL

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and EmployersRecommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in businesses.
Employer Paid Leave Requirements and Tax Credit Provisions (as it relates to COVID-19): Summary of Employer Paid Leave Requirements and Tax Credit provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What employers need to know about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), H.R. 6201, which dedicates billions of dollars for paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, free testing, and other provisions to aid Americans affected by COVID-19.
Homeland Security Guide on Essential/Critical Infrastructure Workforce: As state and local communities consider COVID-19-related restrictions, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security) is offering this list to assist prioritizing activities related to continuity of operations and incident response, including the appropriate movement of critical infrastructure workers within and between jurisdictions.
Interpretation of the Paycheck Protection Protection Program CARES ActAn executive summary from the Adams County Office of Legislative and Government Affairs in collaboration with the Federal Lobby Team. This is their current understanding of the Paycheck Protection Program, a comprehensive part of the CARES Act. 
Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): This document provides information about the ADA and pandemic planning in the workplace.
Updated IRS Notice: Filing and Payment Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The filing deadline for tax returns has been extended from April 15 to July 15.

 

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