COVID-19 Workplace Resources

Sick Leave For Employees - SB20-205

On the effective date of the act (July 15, 2020) through December 31, 2020, all employers in the state, regardless of size, are required to provide each of their employees paid sick leave for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the amounts and for the purposes specified in the federal "Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act" in the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act".

Starting January 1, 2021, for employers with 16 or more employees, and starting January 1, 2022, for all employers, the act requires employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees, accrued at one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 48 hours per year.

Employees - Stay Home When Sick and Required Paid Sick Leave

It is critically important that employers require employees to stay home when they are sick, that employees understand paid sick leave benefits they are eligible for, and employers provide them required paid sick leave as applicable.  

Understand and provide Federal and/or State required paid sick leave benefits to your employees. 

Explanations of the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act

Eagle County webinar on the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (Starts at 44:00)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act FAQ

Pitkin County COVID Response and Recovery

This website is updated daily as guidance comes out from the State and is finalized for Pitkin County.

Travel Industry Reopening Guidelines by Industry

Skift rounded up all of the guidelines for reopening that have been created by travel industry associations worldwide. You may find them helpful to suss out what steps to take for a post-pandemic recovery.

Colorado COVID Legal Relief

A public/private partnership of the organizations listed below offering FREE legal aid to Colorado small businesses facing challenges due to COVID19. 

David Padrino, Office of the Colorado Attorney General 
Sam Walker, Office of the Colorado Attorney General 
Nikki Maloney, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Connie Talmage, Colorado Lawyers Committee 
Keith Trammell, WilmerHale
Chalyse Robinson, WilmerHale
Peter Schwartz, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
Dan Sweetser, Colorado and Denver Bar Associations
Chris Rodgers, Colorado SEO Pros  

Unemployment Insurance

Colorado’s Unemployment Insurance Division is responding to questions from both employers and workers impacted by closures as a result of the Coronavirus. Employees who see a reduction in hours or layoffs are encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits, which can provide partial wage replacement, at For additional information for employers and employees, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has information and resources on Coronavirus.

CARES Act Unemployment Benefit Applications Open April 20 for gig workers, independent contractors, self-employed

On April 20 the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) began taking unemployment benefit applications under the CARES Act, paying the additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits and launch other new points of access for unemployed workers to obtain information.
This includes gig workers, independent contractors, self-employed and those who are out of work because of a number of reasons directly related to COVID-19 including caring for a child whose school is closed or someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Self-employed and gig workers will need to provide their 2018 or 2019 tax return with their applications. This is the program referred to as the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - PUA.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Expanded unemployment benefits for those who don't qualify for state unemployment insurance and are unemployed as a result of COVID-19. Available from Feb. 2 through Dec. 26. Allows for up to 39 weeks of benefits.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
Allocates an additional $600 to recipients of traditional unemployment and PUA benefits. Applies to claims from March 29 through July 25 and is retroactive to the date of claim filing. The extra funding Is automatic. No additional application is necessary.

Learn more through the Colorado Department of Labor and Unemployment.


Pitkin County COVID-19 Public Health Orders

Review Pitkin County COVID-19 Public Health Orders to learn more about regional public health orders and to stay up-to-date on current orders.

COVID-19 & Workplace Preparedness

CDC: Coronavirus - What You Need to Know [PDF]

WHO: Getting your Workplace Ready for COVID-19 [PDF]

U.S. Chamber: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Workplace Tips for Employees [PDF]

U.S. Chamber: Coronavirus Resource Page

CDPHE: Retail Food Establishment COVID-19 Guidance

CDC: Get Your Workplace Ready for Pandemic Flu

CDC: Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist

CDC: Guidance for travelers

Pinnacol Assurance: Prevention tips to keep you and your employees safe

Maintaining Business Operations

CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Michael Best: Coronavirus Q&A for Employers

Inntopia: COVID-19 and the Economy: 7 Things to Expect for Travel Businesses

FEMA: Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operations


Webinar - Business Interruption Insurance Coverage for Coronavirus Losses 

Presented by Chris Mosley, Chair Insurance Recovery Group, Sherman & Howard. He is a Member of Sherman & Howard’s Trial Group and Chair and founder of the Firm’s Insurance Recovery Group. Mr. Mosley specializes in representing corporate policyholders in disputes against their insurers.  During his career, Mr. Mosley has helped businesses recover more than $200 million from insurance companies.  Mr. Mosley also counsels clients on a variety of commercial insurance issues, including the negotiation and development of complex insurance programs.  Mr. Mosley has been hired on multiple occasions as an expert witness.  Mr. Mosley’s expertise extends to all types of commercial insurance policies in virtually all industries.

Restaurant-specific Resources

USBG Foundation Grants

SBA Assistance for Brewers During the COVID-19 Crisis

Colorado Restaurant Association Web Site

Governor of Colorado has suspended On Site consumption for sales of ACL


Retail-specific Resources

The Aspen Chamber Resort Association, Post Independent and other partners are working on providing resources and solutions for retail businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. As such, we will be posting a page on the Post Independent website where retail businesses can sell gift cards and more. This is a free service and you do not need to be a chamber member to take advantage.

If you don’t have an e-commerce site:
1. Set-up a free account on This will allow you sell direct to the community.
2. In order to use the website listed above, you will need some sort of payment process– PayPal, Square, etc.
3. Fill out this Google form to provide the link and other information.

If you have an e-commerce site:
1. Fill out this Google form to provide the link and other information.


Creative Industries-specific Resources

Resources to support the arts during COVID-19

Colorado Creative Industries – COVID-19 CO Creatives relief fund – general operating support for organizations

National Endowment for the Arts CARES Act direct grants – Available to organizations that have received an NEA grant within the past 4 years.

SBA Loan Guide for Nonprofit Arts & Culture Organizations

SBA Loan Guide for Artists & Creative Businesses

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Guide

Americans for the Arts Survey for Individuals (artists, creative workers, educators and entrepreneurs)

Funding for Artists + Creative businesses in response to COVID-19