Colorado Unemployment Eligibility



In order to establish unemployment eligibility in Colorado you have to:

1. Be a resident of Colorado. If you are not a resident of Colorado, but worked in Colorado at your last job, you should still have Colorado unemployment eligibility.
2. Have worked and earned income in Colorado.
3. You must not be disabled.
4. You must be able to work.
5. You must be actively looking for a new job.
6. You must have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you quit your job or were fired for 'just cause' you may not be eligible to collect unemployment in Colorado. Every case is different, so if you lost your job -- be sure to apply to unemployment in case you are indeed eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

There are special rules that apply to unemployment elibility for military personnel and union workers, so check with your mility or union representative for these rules.

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# Liela 2011-01-10 12:08
If i start a business and for the first 6 months all the funds are funneled back into it to the company tostart it up. will this disqualify me for unemployement benefits.

Can i earn anything while collecting unemployement? Exsample if I find a job with a start-up for a few hours a week which will pay only $500 per month does this disqualify me for unemployment benefits?
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# Stephanie 2011-02-03 13:54
I interviewed for a job and was hired with the understanding I would be starting college in January 2011 and would need a couple of days off during the week to attend classes. I was told this was not a problem and they would adjust my work schedule. an approved work schedule was put in place 01/01/11 and I began school 01/18/11. After 3 weeks of school I was told they were changing my schedule and I would have to decide whether I wanted my job or if I would remain in school. I told them I could not quit school and was hired knowing I would be atteding school. They then called me into a meeting to give me a written notice of 3 things they did not like about my performance on the job. I did not sign the warning. I'm going to continue to work the schedule that allows me to attend school, do I quit or let them fire me?
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# Ryan 2011-02-08 20:02
I have a quick question, I am currently employed but only get about one to two days a week because I normal get laid off, inless someone would like the day off. I'm I still able to able for unemployment in the state of Colorado.
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# Ryan 2011-02-08 20:03
I have a job but get laid off almost everyday. Once in awhile I may get a day or two a week, but it is never quarnteed. Although I am currently employeed but I do constantly get laid off. Do i still qualify for unemployment in Colorado.
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# patricia 2011-02-15 14:33
can you ever collect unemployment if you quit your job.
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# Susan Love 2012-05-09 19:24
For purposes of collecting unemployment insurance compensation, compelling reasons to leave a job may include:
• Harassment.
• Discrimination.
• Substantial reduction in hours or pay.
• Threats of termination or choice of resignation.
• Unsafe or hazardous working conditions.
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# joe 2011-06-23 10:26
i worked for a year and and a half got into a dispute over pay raise and vacation time long story short i walked off returned next day no job am i eligible for claim
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# Krys 2011-07-21 11:46
If I quit my job due to anxiety or some other mental health issue (all documented, I see a counselor once a week). Could I qualify for unemployment?
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# Susan Love 2012-05-09 19:26
Generally the disabled are not elegible for unemployment. You must be able to work. Disability sounds like the way you need to go.
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# courtney 2011-08-08 10:07
i am currently a full-time student and a full-time mother of two who barely has time to work due to travel distances for school and sitter situations for my children. i heard that you could get compensated for "leaving" your job due to certain circumstances. help!
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# Audra 2011-09-12 17:24
I am being forced to quit due to pregnancy will I be able to collect benefits?
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# Randy 2011-09-21 15:42
I am in sales in an industry that has been hit very hard by the economic climate. I am going to be let go in October and have been on several performance improvement plans, but the sales numbers are very un-realistic and the majority of the people in my position are not meeting or exceeding sales numbers. When I am let go will I be eligible for UE benefits?
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# Chris 2011-11-26 12:53
I quit my job because they ignored labor laws and health code, and I was harassed. I felt like my rights as a worker were being violated daily. Do I qualify for benefits. I am actively seeking employment.
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# Angelica v 2011-12-20 21:57
Hi my name is Angelica and I current work at Jack in the Box and I am almost 5 months pregnant but recently I was in the hospital and my bosd told me to take the day off but than 2 days later I had cought the flu from some fellow family members so I had texted my boss saying I couldnt make it to work because I had the stomach flu which was a 24 hour virus, I was able to go to the dr they just told me to stay hydrated but if anything serious go to the ER. So I retured back to work after a day and my boss refused to let me clock in or go back to work until I had a dr. note saying I had the flu but its been over a week and im still not working and I cant go to the dr and say I had the flu can you give me a note. Well my fellow co workers said my name is on the schedule but I have no hours and I cant go back until I get that note so my question is can I qualify for unemployment?
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# J 2012-01-07 15:48
i am a server and have kids and have to have a set schedule at my job (corporate). it is imperative that i have a shift on the days that i can work so i can provide for my family and pay bills. i was hired with this understanding. i have worked at my job for over 3 years. in the last couple months i have not been scheduled the necessary shifts. i have brought it to managements attention several times and they have said scheduling me is not a problem. still no shifts. i have made efforts to pick up shifts to compensate but with as many people on staff and more being hired it is difficult. i feel that i am just being ignored or retaliated against. can i file for unemployment on the grounds that they can not provide me with the shifts i need and they agreed to give me?
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# Jimmy 2012-02-16 14:42
I accepted a job in Colorado and on my fifth day of work I was subjected to violence by a subordinate with threats and throwing an object at me.
My immediate supervisor fired the person but his supervisor that was not there at the time of the incident reversed the decision. I stated that I could not work with the person because I am in fear.
The Manager told me to clock out and not come back then.

Question: Is this a qualifying separation? Does the working only 5 days pervent me from having a valid claim.

I had other employment in the base period and had filed but disqualified from pervious separation.

Question: Will this recent separation qualify me for those funds from past employers
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# rita 2012-03-24 16:05
I was doing a host home for the company i am employed by. They offerered a deal called a companion home. Fifteen day on and 15 days off and I would be a employee with benifits, and make more money. I gave up my host home to take this job, which lasted about a year, and then they decieded not to do it anymore and they options where as follows...I could become a host home again, making less money, be an employee but only allowed to make $1200.00 a month, or be self employed and still do a companion home. When I decieded to do the companion home, they put the girl I had in the host home into the companion home. I asked if I could have that girl back to do a host home again, and they said no, so I chose to be self employed in the companion home. One of the girls in the home has hostility issues, she has kept in under control until yesterday....I was kicked in the leg by her and almost punched in the face if I hadnt dodged it. I called my boss and told her I couldnt work with her anymore, as I was in fear for my safety. Her response was ok, I will find someone to fill your contract starting Monday, and I dont have anything else for you right now. Am I eligiable to collect unemployment. I became self employed in November 2011, I was employed by them up until then.
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# Jimmy 2012-03-24 20:45
I am about to transition out of the marine corps and am trying to become a full time student. Problem is ive been focusing so much on being a student that i have not found a job yet. what sort of unemployment benifits could i get
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# Kristy 2012-05-07 03:59
I began working as contract labor for a employer who had her own business set up within a business that she rented space from for retail. That was approximately 1 year ago. After 6 mo. more rental space became available within this building and I decided to start my own business in addition to doing the contract work. Last week, for no reason, the owner of the building gave me 30 days notice to vacate AND told the other employer that she was not allowed to have me work in her space either. Can I file for unemployment?
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# Corprae 2012-05-29 13:50
If you get fired for not meeting collection goals can you get unemployment?
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# Michelle22 2012-06-04 18:23
I have been employed at a company for the last 8 months. I was hired with the knowledge that I would be leaving on a certain date but was laid off before my contract ended. Do I qualify for unemployment?
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# Amelia 2012-06-14 14:11
Before I got hire for this company I talk to the manager of me needing a week off because of a family problem and needing me to travel he said that it was fine and I start working, after 3 weeks of work I left to take care of my problem, when I came back the manager that had hire me was gone and the current manager fired me his reason was that the previus manager and him had poor communication and was not aware of my previus arrangement when I explain the situation he said that he was sorry but he did not need me any more I belief that my firing me was unjustly , can I apply for unemployment after 3 weeks of work?
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# ron 2012-06-20 12:09
I was injured on the job in oct of 2011 i have been on workers comp and still am. I have not worked until just recently, the doctor said i could work at modified duty which the company found a job I could preform. It pays 8.00 hr for 8 hours a day, 3days a week my usual job pays 300.00 day. I am getting released for regular duty soon .What I was wondering is if the company decides not to bring me back at my regular job can I quit my modified job and draw unemployment since this is not the job i was hired for and doesn,t come close to my regular wages, and is not a job i would of excepted except if I didn't I would not of been elegible to continue drawing workmans comp. I know that they don't have to hold a job open for me but they have not mentioned letting me go for any reason or for cause I would like to know my options thank you
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# Tera 2012-07-23 17:35
Owned biz with partner. Partner forced husband out. Took partner to court and he was forced to pay large settlement on monthly terms. Partner breached contract and stopped paying. Non compete forced husband to not work. Non-compete now void so husband has started new biz in his know job field. Biz is slow to start providing no income to support family. Can we get any kind of Unemployment support?
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# Shawn 2012-07-29 07:51
I currently have a really good job and have been the foreman for 5 yrs now on a large contract, I am feeling very threatened by my Company about loosing our contract now, for our contractor who hired another contractor outside ours to help do the job through several counties, I moved to the center of our work to be versatal in all directions, other crews my company has sent down over the years, had become proud owners of gaining the reputation of being to slow, which the work 50-150 miles away from me, and I have no control of, nor do I even know any of them, nor have I ever seen them, Now I was told that my crew is moving to slow, I am having to do the contractors job to just to do my job for our company to keep us moving, and there are 2 offices distance apart in different counties, that we are contracted to work for, My job is to fallow the Supervisor's instruction's here localy, and that's what I have done, now my crew is being hoarded locally through massive ground to cover here in several counties for 2 man and more than we can handle, due to the fact that our contractor has no idea of what work they really have here, I am on GPS, and do daily audit forms, and mark the maps as to where the work is, cause they dont know, when the contractor we work for is supposed to guide us through the system, I feel that my supervisor here is trying to keep us local which is good to a point, however at the other office miles away they want us over there, so I have 1 contact contract person to report to, he is not doing his job and reflecting on my crew's performace coverage, and telling his boss we are moving to slow, I have never been written up, nor in trouble for anything, I have only herd good things from our contractor that we contract for, however bad thing's recently through my boss, that we are moving to slow, now we have one of the most deadliest jobs in the world, and loose people daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly, and have to exspain to someones family "WHY THIER MOM OR DAD WILL NEVER BE HOME AGAIN", that is because people take short cuts, and a little to do with being pushed a little to far in our economy, and trying to give a bang for the buck, my concern is what to do when the contractor we are sub contract for has 2 offices and instead of putting on another full time crew "which is needed" for distant and safety reason, we are being hoarded and going back to jobs we done 2 years ago, and we are on a 3 year cycle that dont need done yet, keeping us from the other office needs miles away, due to the fact that this contractor must have a confrontation with his other district office and doesn't want him to use us to hold those counties down and our customers who pay for this 250,000.00 contract, my boss came down and seen the work we are doing and is stumped to, however claimed that the other crews work miles away, could be a reflection of mine, when I have never even met or seen them, nor have I ever made it through this 2200 sq mile system, for 2 men to cover, with 1- 2 man crew that helps us 3 months of the year, but not this time they hired another company in, I am still active for our Company, Is it that the contractor I report to is feeding his boss lies to keep us for himself, and trying to cover his tracks of not doing his job, making us look bad. this really stresses me out, I been doing this tpe of job for 19 years, and never have I come across this mess or felt this way, I have a perfect Safety record "knock on wood" I been to School with certificates to show, I am incedent free, and and we run very high documented volume, Now i feel as if I will be having to apply for unemployment soon, and I dont want to use the system for money, but I am remarried and my wife has a job here, and if they give me an offer to relocate, I will have to make a hard decission due to to the distance that would jepodize my wifes job all due to a guy not doing his job, but does hold the yearly contract that we have had since 2004,thank you for your time, I am just reaching out in the event, change comes
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# Sammy 2012-10-17 16:45
If I am currently living in a different state and am originally a resident in a different state can I file for unemployment for my resident state using my current address?
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# Tammi 2012-11-08 12:24
I am self employed ( independent contractor) not getting anywork. Am I able to get unemployment?
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# susan 2012-11-16 13:02
If I have to quit my job because my employer changed my shift to hours I can not work, from nights to days with a significant decrease in pay, would I be eligible for unemployment benefits?
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# Connie 2012-11-19 13:19
I have been at the same job now for 3 years come Feb. 2013. The current company I work for lost the contract with our client, and now we are being asked to work for a completely different company for less money, different hours, lose our vacation and lose our current positions due to seniority. Technically, our current employer is laying us off because they lost the contract and no longer have our positions for us. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?
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# Sean 2012-12-03 22:26
I just get laid off on chef position on October 23rd,2012. And, taking option to stay as part time clerk with pay cutted. I'm deciding to quit, do I still qualify for unemployment?
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# Taylor 2012-12-19 13:07
My wife and I both quit our jobs last May and moved out of state to assist a relative in running a new business. We found out the business could not support us as was promised before. Now wer'e back in Colorado and looking for work. are we eligible for unemployment benefits? Thanks
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# Bernadette 2012-12-20 11:53
I know of someone who just recently started receiving social security disability. Is he still eligible to file for "Emergency Unemployment?"
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# Ron 2012-12-22 09:30
I have been let go from my job but I am receiving social security am I still eligibile for unemployment?
I am looking for another job and am able to work.
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# Thomas 2013-01-11 12:37
So today is the last day of my helpdesk job because they are outsourcing our entire department to India. I'm trying to file for unemployment online through the unemployment website. Apparently you can only file a claim for the time period of 10/2011 - 9/30/2012.. I started this job in October 2012 so I guess I am sol? I've never recieved unemployment before so this is all kind of new to me. Is there anyway to receive benefits while I look for a new job? I'm having a hard time believing their system is set up that way. If you start a job after september, it looks like you are pretty much screwed. What are my options here?
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# Nancy 2013-02-04 20:14
I may have to move out of the state of Colorado for family and financialb3S reasons. Can I still draw unemployment while I'm looking for work in the new state?
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# Nancy 2013-02-08 16:42
I was diagnosed with a chronic condition listed in ADA as an invisible disability. My doctor has requested twice with my employer that they make accommodations for me to work from home since I have a compromised immunity. My employer already has many people working from home already but they are refusing to allow me to do so. My employer states that the ADA form my doctor had faxed them gave insufficient information to warrant any type of accommodations. My doctor amended the form and was very clear and specific about her request that I work from home and outside of the main office environment. My employer is still refusing to grant the request stating the doctor didn't provide any information that warranted the above request and they are also refusing to discharge me due to medical reasons. I can wear gloves and a mask only when entering and exiting the building only and I work with over 300 people. If I catch anything, if the illness doesn't kill me, complications from it might. If I quit my job, can I still draw unemployment?
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# martha 2013-02-13 17:01
I work part time in a museum setting.
My boss (who i love) has told the B of D that he hopes to find another position as he is also part time and just got his PHD.
Since this announcement, the B of D has over ridden his decisions, failed to give him a raise and in general failred t suoport him.. I am supporting him and if/when he leaves, I feel the work place environment will not be good for me. If he "fires me" as his last administrative act.. can i collect unemployment?
I am over 65 years of age have worked my whole life and never collected anything..
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# Keira 2013-02-28 13:31
I am currently on unemployment and requested my payment. I was approved for two weeks but only received one week of pay. Why?
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# Chris 2013-04-22 08:50
My boss fired me last Friday for no reason. She claimed it was for "costly mistakes" in her letter. She is wrong. I did make a mistake but owned up to it and even offered to cover it out of my pay. Apart from that, I had been a great employee. I challenged her on the ethical nature of her asking me to pay for something that was NOT my fault. she didn't like it, and fired me. Anyway I can apply for unemployment?
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# Jim 2013-08-20 20:19
I have been working for the past five years as a supervisor here in my home state of Colorado. I was just demoted which resulted in approx. a 35% pay cut. If I do not accept the demotion can I receive unemployment?

If I do accept the demotion can I receive unemployment for the 35% loss in wages and for how long? Thank you!
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# Donna-Marie 2013-09-05 07:45
I was working as a RN and resigned because we moved to Massachusetts to be closer to family. Can I collect unemployment until I find a position in the Operating Room.
Thank You
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# Mike 2013-10-09 18:50
I am an exempted full-time federal employee who is required to remain on the job on a full-time basis during the federal government shutdown, however, effective October 1st I have been placed in a no-pay status.

Am I elegible for unemployment benefits?
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