Return to Work Guidance for Workers

Safer at Home Order

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that many workers, especially those whose work can’t be done remotely, have questions about returning to work. 

On April 27, 2020, CDLE adopted an emergency rule to ensure that workers, particularly those workers who are vulnerable individuals, are not in danger of losing unemployment insurance eligibility for a refusal to return to demonstrably unsafe working conditions related to COVID-19.

The Safer at Home Executive Order D 2020 044 addresses worker rights and protections when returning to work, especially for vulnerable populations.

  • What if my employer is requiring me to return to work but I don’t feel safe?
  • Where can I learn more or ask questions about paid leave, discrimination/accommodation, or workplace safety?
  • Will I lose my unemployment benefits if I don’t return to work?

For these questions about returning to work, unemployment benefit eligibility and paid sick leave Read Our FAQs

Contact Information and Other Resources


For the federal paid leave rules applicable to employers with fewer than 500 employees:

  • Read this U.S. Department of Labor information page.
  • Then call 1-866-487-9243 or (720) 264-3250 with any remaining questions.

For the Colorado HELP Rules applicable to employers of all size in the industries listed above:

For information on workplace discrimination and accommodation, contact the Colorado Civil Rights Division or the local office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

For workplace safety issues and violations, contact the local office of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.