Brooke Colaizzi Quoted on Paid Sick Leave Bill for Coronavirus-Related Absences

DENVER, Colo. (July 29, 2020) — Law Week Colorado quoted Brooke Colaizzi in an article titled “Paid Sick Leave Bill Signed Into Law.” The article, published on July 27, discusses the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA) signed by Governor Jared Polis on June 14, requiring Colorado employers to provide annual paid sick leave and paid leave for coronavirus-related absences. Effective immediately, HFWA’s coronavirus-specific provisions require employers to provide paid sick leave through the end of 2020.

Colaizzi notes that employers will evaluate their policies to determine if they want to proceed with a general PTO policy or carve out a sick leave program to meet the requirement. Additionally, the HWFA’s carry over provision, requiring up to 48 hours of unused sick leave to be carried over but also allows employers to cap usage at 48 hours per year, has caused confusion with employers. “The question that I’ve gotten is: Why are we carrying it over? If the employer can cap it, why are we not just requiring 48 hours a year, period?” Colaizzi states the importance of employers understanding that carry over and cap work together and that they are allowed to limit use to 48 hours annually.

The full article was published in the July 27, 2020, edition. (Subscription required)