May 20, 2019

SB 13-157: Continuing the “Colorado Work Share Program”

On Monday, February 4, 2013, Sen. Rollie Heath introduced SB 13-157 – Concerning the Continuation of the “Colorado Work Share Program.” This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The “Colorado Work Share Program” (program) was created by the general assembly in 2010 to allow employees whose work hours have been reduced to collect prorated unemployment benefits as long as certain requirements are met by the employer and the employee.

The bill makes changes to the program to bring it into compliance with federal law, including required features of a work share plan to make it eligible for approval by the director of the division of unemployment insurance. The bill extends the program indefinitely. The bill also allows eligible employees to participate in certain job training programs. The bill repeals a mechanism that triggers a repeal of the program.

Currently, the federal government will reimburse states for unemployment compensation benefits paid under the program. The bill clarifies that the employer’s account will only be charged for the unemployment compensation benefits if the federal money is not available. The bill also increases the cap on the number of weeks that employees may be paid benefits under the program from 18 to 26 weeks. On Feb. 27, the Business, Labor, & Technology sent the unamended bill to the Appropriations Committee for consideration of the fiscal impact.

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