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Colorado’s unemployment compensation fund, like that of many other states, provides temporary payments to employees who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. The programs draws from a public policy that assumes “unemployment is a serious menace to the health, safety, morals and welfare ” of the people of Colorado and is designed to “lighten its burden” on workers and their families.

In 2007, the state legislature changed the law to allow employees more time to appeal unemployment benefit decisions.

The Colorado Department of Labor & Employment (CDLE) administers the law through its Division of Employment and Training (www.coworkforce.com/emp/). Employees make no contributions to the unemployment compensation fund, which is financed entirely by taxes on employers.

The law is complex and in some cases holds an employer liable for unemployment insurance (UI) payments even when a former employee wasn’t fired but...(register to read more)

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