Paid Sick Leave

Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act 

On July 14, 2020, the Colorado Healthy Families & Workplaces Act was signed into law. The law is effective beginning January 1, 2021. This new law requires all employers with 16 or more employees to provide sick leave to all employees at designated accrual rates. This does not change accrual rates for employees who were previously eligible for leave benefits. However, employees in temporary positions or other positions previously excluded from sick leave eligibility will begin to accrue leave under this state law. This new law does not affect employees currently covered under the standard sick leave policy, including university and classified staff, 12-month faculty, and 9-month faculty for whom sick leave is tracked within the department.

Student Employees

  • Each employee will earn one hour of sick leave per 30 hours worked.
  • This breaks down to approximately .034 hours per hour worked for hourly employees.
  • Hourly employees will record both hours worked and leave taken in MyLeave. Hours must be approved by the supervisor.
  • Accruals will display in the system at the conclusion of each pay period (bi-weekly or monthly).
  • Leave will be earned across all eligible positions and may be used to take leave from any eligible position.
  • Employees may not use more leave time than hours they are scheduled to work.
  • Eligible employees will be able to carry a maximum of 48 hours of sick leave from one fiscal year to the next.


Paid Sick Leave FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions
How much leave will I accrue?
How do I view my sick leave balance?
How do I record sick leave?
Does work study pay for sick leave?
What happens if I don't have enough sick leave hours to cover my absence?