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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, Mary L. Will and Tareen Zafrullah, 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 Employer Coverage.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Employee Eligibility.
  • Under certain circumstances, workers may not qualify for unemployment benefits. See Disqualification From Benefits.
  • Employers must follow certain notice and posting requirements. See Notice and Posting Requirements.
  • Employers are required to maintain certain records under the CESA. See Recordkeeping 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.