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Coronavirus coverage: How to file for unemployment in Colorado, new way to file based on last name

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Published: Mar. 17, 2020 at 3:21 PM MDT
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The following information is from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The department sent out new information on March 23:

If you need to file an unemployment claim and your last name begins with the letter A - M,

file a claim on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or after 12 noon on Saturday.

If you need to file an unemployment claim and your last name begins with the letter N - Z,

file a claim on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or before 12 noon on Saturday.

Other tips:

-While filing the claim, click the Save & Finish Later button often, and click File a Claim to return to the last page you saved.

-File during non-peak hours (evenings after 8 p.m., late nights, early mornings). It may improve your experience.

-You must provide information about the reason you are no longer working for all employers from the last 18 months. If you have a lot of information to include, it is best if you type up this information before you start, then copy/paste at the appropriate time.

-Once finished, click Submit one time. When the claim is successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation page and number.

The following was sent out on March 17:

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced assistance for workers and employers during temporary closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance includes information for employees filing for unemployment insurance claims, as well as information on programs available for employers.

Workers who have a reduction in hours/wages may file an unemployment claim at

. A list of resources and FAQs on how to file is available on CDLE’s website at

and clicking on “Coronavirus Information and Resources.”

The Department is also taking steps to reduce the impact of these claims on employers who have had to temporarily lay off staff due to closures or slowdowns. CDLE encourages all employers to utilize paid leave and telework options for employees before utilizing temporary layoffs. Employers can also consider alternatives to laying off staff through CDLE’s Work Share Program. More information at

or by email at cdle_employer_services@state.co.us.

Unemployment insurance claims:

If you are laid off due to business closures related to COVID-19, you can receive unemployment benefits, provided you meet all other eligibility requirements. File a claim online at

. Indicate you expect to return to work and are job-attached to your last employer.

CDLE will process unemployment insurance payments to ensure payment will continue to be paid in a timely manner.

For more information, visit

and click on “Coronoavirus Information and Resources” Updates will be released as they become available.