Colorado's New FAMLI Leave Law
Updated: Mar 20
From the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment:
"Voters approved Proposition 118 in November of 2020, paving the way for a state-run Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program. The FAMLI program will ensure all Colorado workers have access to paid leave in order to take care of themselves or their family during life circumstances that pull them away from their jobs — like growing their family or taking care of a loved one with a serious health condition.
Both employers and employees will contribute premiums to the program. Though employers with fewer than 10 employees aren’t responsible for sending employer premiums, they are still required to deduct and remit the employee’s share of the premiums to the FAMLI Division every quarter even if they have just one employee.
Workers in Colorado are eligible for FAMLI benefits if they earned $2,500 in the previous calendar year, regardless if that work was diced up among several employers or if they were self-employed. Workers seeking leave will be applying to the State for eligibility, not their employers, so there is no burden on a worker to go chasing down a former temporary or seasonal employer to try to prove they worked for them.
Premium payments begin in 2023, so employees may start to see a FAMLI premium deduction on their pay stubs beginning January 1, 2023. FAMLI will start providing benefits to employees beginning January 1, 2024. Most eligible employees will receive up to twelve weeks of leave. Those who experience pregnancy or childbirth complications may receive an additional four weeks."
What does this mean for parents who employ a nanny? Sound confusing? You can get the facts by reading this FAMLI blog specifically for parents and nannies, 5 Things Nannies - And Those Who Employ Them - Should Know About FAMLI.
General FAMLI Questions: CDLE_FAMLI_info@state.co.us
website: https://famli.colorado.gov/ 1-866-CO-FAMLI (1-866-263-2654) Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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