Colorado Expands Notice Requirements Upon Termination of Employment

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Patricia Tsipras

May 31, 2022

Effective May 25, 2022, Colorado enacted Senate Bill 22-234, which expands the information that employers are required to provide to employees upon termination of their employment.

Content of the law
Pre-existing Colorado law requires employers to provide a notice to employees upon termination or separation of employment that includes the following information:

  • A statement that unemployment insurance benefits are available to unemployed workers who meet the eligibility requirements under Colorado law
  • Contact information to file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits
  • Information the worker will need to file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits
  • Contact information to inquire about the status of their claim for unemployment insurance benefits

Senate Bill 22-234 bill adds the following to the list of pre-existing requirements:

  • Employer’s name and address
  • Employee’s name and address
  • Employee’s ID number or the last four digits of the employee’s Social Security Number
  • Employee’s first and last dates worked
  • Employee’s year-to-date earnings
  • Employee’s wages for the last week worked
  • The reason the employee separated from the employer

Employer Take-Aways
Regardless of the reason for separation (i.e., whether termination of the employment relationship was voluntary or involuntary), under Colorado law, all employers must provide a notice to the employee – in electronic or hard copy format – with the information listed above.

Employers should review their protocols for employment terminations to ensure that notices given to employees reflect the new changes listed above.

 

*Special thanks to Claire Miller, our intern from the University of Notre Dame, for her contributions to this article. 

 
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