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Colorado offering unemployment benefits to workers affected by COVID-19 closures

Denver Post logo Denver Post 3/17/2020 Robert Garrison
a man wearing a hat: An employee enters a closed Converse shoe store Monday, March 15, in Phoenix. Nike, which owns Converse, is closing all of its stores in the U.S., along with other parts of the world, to try to curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. © Provided by Denver Post An employee enters a closed Converse shoe store Monday, March 15, in Phoenix. Nike, which owns Converse, is closing all of its stores in the U.S., along with other parts of the world, to try to curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness.

Colorado workers affected by temporary closures due to COVID-19 are eligible to receive unemployment benefits, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced Monday.

The rapid work stoppage has Colorado workers fretting about their jobs. But the state’s labor department said employees who have seen their hours reduced or have been laid off because of new restrictions placed on businesses in Colorado may file an unemployment claim at coloradoui.gov.

The state’s department of labor said Monday that so far, it has not seen a big spike in unemployment insurance claims but that it is expecting the number of people filing for it to increase in coming days and weeks.

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“Unfortunately, a lot of workers have never been in this situation. This is actually one that we’ve not seen, even the Great Recession Pose different challenges than what we are seeing now. What we’re seeing is an indefinite time period Of workforce slow down or reduction in hours, temporary closures, and so our best guidance right now is to file for unemployment,” said Cher Haavind, a spokesperson for the agency.

Read more about who qualifies on our partner site Denver7.

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