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What Does The End Of The Public Health Emergency Mean For Your Business?

Jul 17, 2021


The last 16 months have brought overwhelming challenges to our small business community. I won't beat a dead horse, we've all been on the same wild ride. However, with the recent announcement from Colorado's Governor Polis effectively ending the Public Health Emergency on July 8, 2021, small businesses are ready to breathe a sigh of relief. But we aren't out of the woods quite yet.

Small businesses are still required to offer emergency paid sick leave for qualifying events 8 weeks beyond the expiration of the P.H.E. As you know (at least I hope you do) the American Rescue Plan Act extended the dollar-for-dollar tax credits for employee emergency paid leave wages through September. This also applies to leave taken to receive or recover from COVID-19 vaccinations.

 What should you do in the meantime?

  • Continue tracking employee leave and paid wages and keep your documentation and files in order in the event of an audit
  • Claim the tax credits for qualifying paid leave wages on your quarterly taxes
  • Have the damn cupcake, you've earned it 

Remember, P.H.E. leave also qualifies under the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act that requires Colorado employers to provide paid sick leave to all full-time and part-time employees.

For more details, check out our blog on that very topic:

Colorado Mandates Paid Sick Leave For All

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