Colorado Jumpstart was an incentive offered to Colorado unemployment recipients who returned to work between May 16 and June 26, 2021.
Colorado Jumpstart incentive payments have now been distributed to qualifying unemployment recipients and the program is now closed.
Information for Claimants
- How much is the Colorado Jumpstart return to work incentive?
Colorado unemployment claimants who return to work between May 16 and May 29, 2021 and maintain employment for at least eight weeks are eligible for an incentive payment of $1,600. Claimants who return to work between May 30 and June 26, 2021 and maintain employment for at least eight weeks are eligible for an incentive of $1,200.
- When will I receive the incentive?
Claimants will become eligible for the first half of the incentive after approximately four weeks of employment, and will become eligible for the remaining half after approximately eight weeks.
- Who is eligible to receive the incentive?
To be eligible to receive the Colorado Jumpstart return to work incentive, claimants must meet all of the following criteria:
- Must be a Colorado resident
- Must have successfully verified your identity
- Must have certified for at least one week of regular state unemployment benefits or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) during the period beginning March 28, 2021 and ending May 16, 2021 with a minimum weekly benefit amount of $25
- Must return to between May 16 and June 26, 2021. Your return to work is qualified as any gainful re-employment that is similar or equal to your employment before you filed your unemployment claim.
- Must maintain employment and not file for unemployment benefits for at least eight consecutive weeks.
Claimants receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits, as well as workshare claimants and out-of-state claimants, are not eligible to receive the Colorado Jumpstart incentive, regardless of any other qualifying criteria.
- Must be a Colorado resident
- What would disqualify me from receiving the incentive?
By opting into the Colorado Jumpstart program, you are certifying that you have returned to work and are gainfully re-employed. If you reopen your unemployment claim within eight weeks after opting into the program, you will forfeit any Colorado Jumpstart payments that you have not yet received. You cannot receive partial unemployment benefits AND a Colorado Jumpstart incentive payment
- Can I appeal a disqualification?
No. The Colorado Jumpstart program is not subject to standard eligibility rules for unemployment insurance benefits. Any decision to provide or deny payments under the program is not subject to appeal rights.
- Are Colorado Jumpstart Incentive payments taxable?
Yes, Colorado Jumpstart payments are taxable, and will be taxed at the percentage you have previously selected.
- What if I return to work part time?
If you return to work and are gainfully re-employed in a capacity that is similar or equal to your employment before you filed your unemployment claim, you may be eligible for the Colorado Jumpstart program if you meet all other eligibility requirements. In order to receive the full incentive, you must maintain gainful employment and not file for unemployment benefits for at least eight consecutive weeks. If you return to work part time but your wages are less than your weekly benefit amount, you may be able to receive partial unemployment benefits, but you will forfeit any Colorado Jumpstart incentive payments.
- Will child support be taken out of my Jumpstart payments?
No. Jumpstart incentive payments will not have any child support taken out.
Information for Employers
- What is the Colorado Jumpstart program?
Colorado Jumpstart is a return-to-work incentive program for Colorado unemployment claimants who return to work between May 16 and June 26, 2021.
- Who is paying for the incentive payments to workers?
Colorado Jumpstart is made possible through a Governor's Executive Order and is funded by the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). Since these are federal funds, there is no impact to the State’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund or employer premiums.
- How much are Colorado Jumpstart payments?
Eligible claimants who return to work between May 16 and May 29, 2021 can receive a Colorado Jumpstart incentive payment of $1,600. Eligible claimants who return to work between May 30 and June 26, 2021 can receive a Colorado Jumpstart incentive payment of $1,200. Colorado Jumpstart payments are taxable and will be taxed at the percentage a claimant has previously selected.
- When will claimants receive Colorado Jumpstart payments?
Claimants will not receive the full Jumpstart payment right away - they will become eligible for the first half of the incentive after approximately four weeks of gainful employment, and will become eligible for the remaining half after approximately eight weeks. If an employee quits and returns to unemployment within eight weeks, they will forfeit any remaining unpaid Colorado Jumpstart payments.
- How are you verifying employment?
A claimant that wants to qualify for the Jumpstart program will need to let us know in the MyUI+ “weekly benefits certification” that they have returned to work. The claimant can then opt in to the Jumpstart program, where they are required to provide details of their new employment and certify that they meet the program’s criteria.
- What if the employee quits after receiving their first or second payment? Are they eligible for UI again?
Accepting employment only to receive Jumpstart payments and then subsequently separating from that employment for no other reason than the receipt of the incentive payments is not a valid reason to be considered entitled to benefits. As this would be the most recent separation from employment, any disqualifying job separation would result in a ten-week postponement of unemployment benefits. Additionally, an individual that separates from employment strictly to receive the additional $300 per week payments is considered to have engaged in fraud and is no longer eligible for any of those additional weekly payments.
- If employees return to unemployment after the 8 week period, where do employers report this? The existing questionnaire form? Or will there be a special reporting tool?
Employers would report this via the regular job separation tools.