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The Denver Metro Small Business Development Center is

Dream Focused, Business Minded

Health Crisis Assistance

The Colorado SBDC Network is here to help businesses who have been affected by recent disasters in Colorado including response to the current health crisis. Our consultants and partners including the SBA provide services to assist with disaster loan applications, long term planning, insurance navigation, physical and economic loss estimations, business preparedness and more.

Please note that the SBDC is not a health organization; for the latest news regarding the current health situation, please contact the resources listed on this page.

Disaster Recovery and Continuity Guide

After the natural disasters in the fall of 2013, the Colorado SBDC disaster relief team worked with federal, state and local resources to produce a comprehensive guide to assist Colorado businesses in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from natural disasters and emergencies. For an electronic copy of the guide, click the button below. To request a hard copy of this guide, please contact your local SBDC.

Health Crisis Updates

Colorado uses all available local, state, and federal resources to provide the latest support services and information sources in relation to current emergency situations. The following list is the most current list of websites that you may find helpful.

From the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

As the news spreads about Corona Virus (COVID-19), many businesses have questions about whether they can shut down sites where the infection is present or conduct a preemptive shut-down of sites where there is no infection to safeguard the health of their employees. Businesses are asking, “will their employees be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits during the temporary shutdown”?

The answer is, if an employer stops work (for whatever reason), it is considered a layoff or partial separation. Employees during the temporary shut-down may file a claim to collect unemployment insurance benefits as job attached claimants. They would still be required to meet the eligibility requirements during any weeks they claimed.

Job Attached Layoff

Job attached means that you are expected to return to your most recent employer after a separation of up to 16 weeks. If you are job attached, your work-search requirements may be waived, but you must be available to return to work during this time frame. Union attached is the same except the union must find work for you within 16 weeks.

If your work-search requirements are not waived, keep in mind, we may conduct an audit of your claim up to two years from the start of your claim and you may be asked to provide your work-search documentation at that time. If you are unable to produce your work-search documents with all requirements met, you may be denied unemployment and may have to pay back any benefits already received for those weeks.

The Work-Share Program

Thinking of laying off employees? Consider the Work-Share Program.

The Work-Share Program provides an alternative to laying off employees by allowing them to keep working, but with fewer hours. While an employee is working fewer hours, he or she may be eligible to collect part of his or her regular unemployment benefits.

Requirements and qualifications for employers:

  • You must have reduced the normal weekly work hours by at least 10 percent, but by no more than 40 percent.
  • The reduction must affect at least two out of all employees in the business, or a minimum of two employees in a certain unit.
  • You must have paid as much in premiums as we paid your former employees in unemployment insurance benefits. See the rate notice mailed in November.

Place signs up in your office that help stop the spread of germs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a number of posters you may download and print for your office. Our favorites include these two: