Colorado amends its regulations regarding COVID-19
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Friday, July 24, 2020

Colorado amends its regulations regarding COVID-19

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

The State of Colorado has amended its Regulations to add provisions pertaining to COVID-19 as follows:

Reporting during a COVID-19 pandemic. Notwithstanding any other provisions of the regulations which may permit the submission of reports or other correspondence in person, by mail, or by facsimile, the director may, at his or her discretion, during a period of a COVID-19 pandemic, require an individual to provide any required reports by division-approved electronic means (Reg. 2.1.6.1).

Charging of benefits. As a direct result of an order by the governor, any benefits awarded and paid during a COVID-19 pandemic and normally charged to the employer’s account and experience rate will be charged to the fund. Benefits payable pursuant to the regulations will not be payable during any week during which the claimant has been determined to be entitled to other, similar benefits which may be made available by act of Congress or the President in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (Reg. 4.4.1).

Domestic violence during COVID-19 pandemic. During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the requirement to provide documentation of domestic violence pursuant to the law will be waived if:

(1) The division determines that the required documentation exists or could otherwise be produced; and

(2) The division further determines that the individual is unable to produce the required documentation due to circumstances directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic (Reg. 4.4.2).

Quarterly premium due dates. Quarterly payment will be considered timely if an economic crisis or declared state of emergency:

(1) Caused the employer to close or severely curtail operations the employer’s place of business and the employer notified the division within 30 days of the due date; or

(2) The employer or an immediate family member received a request from a medical professional, local health official, or the secretary of health to be isolated or quarantined as a consequence of COVID-19 and the employer notified the division within 30 days of the due date; and

(3) Quarterly payment is received within 30 days of the due date or the employer can establish good cause for submitting the payment more than 30 days late (Reg. 6.1.2).

Timely reports. Reports will be considered timely if an economic crisis or declared state of emergency:

(1) Caused the employer to close or severely curtail operations the employers place of business and the employer notified the division with 30 days of the due date: of

(2) The employer or an immediate family member received a request from a medical professional, local health official, or the secretary of health to be isolated or quarantined as a consequence of COVID-19 and the employer notified the division within 30 days of the due date; and

(3) Quarterly payment is received within 30 days of the due date or the employer can establish good cause for submitting the payment more than 300 days late (Reg. 7.2.4.2).

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