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Thank you for the information and your question. Unless you qualify for FMLA and use the job protection afforded under the Act, you have no statutory job protection in your current situation. In other words, your employer can use your absences against you in evaluations and for attendance policy purposes. Taking time off to care for your significant other is not protected under the ADA or any other law.
FMLA can be used two different ways. One is out right leave for up to 12 weeks in a 12 months period and the other is intermittent leave, which is what you would be asking for. That allows, assuming you otherwise qualify and a doctor will certify the need, for you to take time off on an intermittent basis like you are now to care for your SO. You can read more about FMLA by going to the following link: https://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/
One issue that may arise is whether or not this significant other is your "spouse" under the laws of Colorado. The Act only covers family members and spouses. I can't tell you whether or not that will be an issue, but at this point, since your employer provided you with the paperwork, you should consider pursuing approval so your job is protected.
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