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COVID-19 specific resources:


We are actively sharing resources and updates for the business community here.

  • Colorado COVID-19 Business Resource Center, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)
     Connect to the latest information and business resources from Colorado’s government. OEDIT is pushing updates on the state response to business needs, and other relevant content.
  • Information and Resources For Workers and Employers, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE)
    CDLE is posting resources for both workers and employers (scroll below the "for workers" section) related to laws and regulations (including temporary regulations), layoffs, alternatives to layoffs (including workshare) and other key information that employers need to know.  
  • Colorado SBDC statewide COVID-19 resource web site, Colorado Small Business Development Center
    Colorado's SBDC is sharing resources on accessing assistance from loans/grants and information resources for businesses around the state.

FAQs

  1. The Center for Disease Control has created an interim resource website for employers and employees. It contains the current best advice from the CDC and links to guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It also contains a short list of advice for specific industries (the list is very short and incomplete as of 3/20/2020).

     

    Additionally, The City of Fort Collins Business Response website for COVID-19 links to additional resources from other reputable sources.

     

    Every day medical experts are learning more about this virus, and the advice provided by experts and reputable organizations may change. You may want to regularly check reputable sources to see if recommendations and best practices have changed and encourage your employees to do the same.

  2. The OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 report is a PDF document linked from the DOL COVID-19 Workplace Safety information page that outlines different steps employers should follow based on the exposure risk level of their specific workplace. The document links to specific Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance across detailed topics and definitions. This guidance shares a number of steps that different types of employers can take to provide a safer work environment for all of their employees.

  3. The answer to that question varies on a business to business and even an employee by employee basis.

    The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has guidance regarding partial unemployment for individuals with drastically reduced hours.

    CDLE is actively updating an Unemployment Insurance FAQ  that addresses eligibility under the rapidly changing guidelines.

    Please contact us if you have questions.  

  4. No. As of 3/23/2020 there have been no changes to tax payment deadlines and we are not anticipating changes at this time. 

    Governor Jared Polis on March 20, 2020 signed an Executive Order granting County Treasurers the authority to waive delinquent interest on first half property tax payments received after the due date of March 2.  Larimer County Treasurer Irene Josey has released guidance on how this will be implemented in Larimer County. This provides a limited and temporary waiver of interest to the property tax payments that were due March 2, 2020 and have not yet been paid. Please read the announcement for details and instructions.

    More generally: the Larimer County Treasurer's Office has posted detailed information about how to make tax payments via mail, phone, and web on their website. 

  5. As of 3/25/2020 the answer is: no, they do not need a doctor's note to return to work once they are healthy. However: employees need to be symptom free for a period of time as directed by our health authorities.  Your employee should follow the recommendations of Larimer County Health and Environment and the Colorado Department of Public Health.

    It is very important for employers to read and follow the guidance of public health authorities on this topic. The public health community does not encourage additional requirements beyond their stated recommendations that could create unnecessary strain on medical providers.

    Colorado Department of Public Health's detailed advice on this topic (listed under the "Public health and employment" heading)

    Larimer County's detailed advice on this topic (listed under the "Actively encourage sick employees to stay home" heading)

  6. On 3/25/2020 Larimer County’s Director of Public Health issued a Stay-at-Home order effective 5 PM 3/26/2020.

    The Stay-at-Home order does not apply to those going to work in an essential business or essential government function. Larimer County is not requiring documentation for individuals traveling or moving to work or essential services or activities. 

    A list of essential business industries and activities is provide on the order description page

    The full order lists the definition of Essential Businesses in Section F.

    While all businesses are required to comply with the order, there is currently (3/26/2020) no requirement for a business to certify or register as essential. However for those businesses that remain open, they should be aware that the requirements for individuals reads: “to the extent individuals use shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six-feet from any other person when they are outside their residence.” (Section 1, paragraph 1)

    We continue to encourage employers to follow the health and safety guidelines published by the Colorado Department of Public Health for maintaining a safe environment for their employees.

    Businesses who continue to have questions about how to maintain a safe and compliant workplace after reviewing available materials are encouraged to contact the Larimer County Emergency Joint Information Center at 498-5500. Businesses with questions about the Stay-at-Home order can submit those here to a central Larimer County form for routing to the appropriate authority for response

    The State also issued a similar order; however the State of Colorado's Stay at Home Order defers to local rules and localities may put more restrictive rules in place

Contact our Business Team

Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development
200 West Oak St.
Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 498-6665
businesservices@co.larimer.co.us