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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, Susan W. Kline, Tareen Zafrullah and Taylor L. Haran, 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 follow certain notice and posting requirements. See Notice and Posting Requirements.
  • Employers that elect to cover multistate employees under the unemployment compensation law of one jurisdiction must provide certain notices. See Notice and Posting Requirements.
  • Colorado offers the Work-Share Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See Work-Share Program.