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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Colorado doesn't have any state specific laws on the matter, so the Federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) would apply if the employer has at least 50 employees within a 75 mile radius of your work location AND you have worked at least 1 year AND at least 1250 hours in the past year. In that situation, you would have UP TO 12 weeks unpaid protected leave, in which your employer would have to keep your position open, or a reasonable substitute if they can't. But past 12 weeks, they have no obligation to even keep you as an employee, much less keep your position open. And that's assuming that you would otherwise qualify for FMLA (at least 50 employees, at least 1 year employment, at least 1250 hours worked in the past year).
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