2021 Guide to Colorado's Health Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA) Leave

  • Employees can continue to use HFWA leave for qualified COVID reasons for the duration of the current Public Health Emergency and for the 4 weeks following its cancellation.
  • HFWA leave banks have been replenished for 2021, which means;
  • Employees have access to two weeks (maximum of 80 hours) of paid leave. Two weeks leave is based on the employee’s current FTE status.
  • Employees who experience side effects of the vaccine may use HFWA time. Contractors must work through their staffing agency for Healthy Families and Workplaces leave.
  • The day of leave following the employee receiving the COVID-19 vaccine only applies to Denver Health employees.
  • Employees will continue to code time as D_ILL and submit the 2021 HFWA Public Health Emergency Leave Application to LOAFMLProcess@dhha.org.
  • Leave is paid at the regular hourly pay rate.
  • Employees will now have protected Paid Time Off (PTO). under HFWA Paid Sick and Safe Time. This means employees using hours for a qualified reason cannot be subject to our disciplinary process or call-out procedures for up to 48 hours each calendar year.

Intermittent Employees

Colorado's Healthy Families and Workplaces Act

HFWA provides employees with up to two weeks of paid time off for a COVID-related reason for the duration of the current Public Health Emergency and for 4 weeks following cancellation of the order. Governor Polis declares a Public Health Emergency and determines when it can be canceled.

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