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Unemployment Insurance: Colorado

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Thomas W. Carroll, Susan W. Kline and Mary L. Will, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • Unemployment benefits in Colorado are governed by the Colorado Employment Security Act (CESA), which requires most employers to pay unemployment insurance premiums for employees, without regard to the number of employees employed. See Coverage.
  • The CESA contains specific provisions governing eligibility for, amount of, and disqualification from, benefits. See Eligibility; Benefits; Disqualification.
  • Employers are required to maintain certain records under the CESA. See Recordkeeping Requirements.
  • Employers must post a CESA notice to employees. See Posting Requirement.