Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment is offering help for workers and employers facing setbacks from closures due to COVID-19. 

Announced Monday, March 16, CDLE’s guidance includes information for those filing for unemployment insurance claims, as well as information on programs available to employers.

Workers whose hours or wages are cut back can file an unemployment claim at A list of resources and FAQs on how to file is available at — click on “Coronavirus Information and Resources.” 

CDLE is working to reduce the impact of these claims on employers forced to temporarily lay off staff due to closures or slowdowns during the pandemic.

The department encourages all employers to use paid leave and telework options for employees before using temporary layoffs. 

Employers can also consider alternatives to laying off staff through CDLE’s Work Share Program. More information is available at or by email at   

Unemployment insurance claims:

  • If you are laid off due to COVID-19-related closures, 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.
  • CDLE will process unemployment insurance payments to ensure payment will continue to be paid in a timely manner.