Family & Medical Leave Insurance Program (FAMLI)
In Nov. 2020, Colorado voters approved Proposition 118, creating a State-run Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2024, this new benefit will provide paid time off to Colorado workers for certain life events, such as caring for a loved one with a serious health condition or growing a family. Please see the FAMLI website for more information. In addition to the paid benefit, FAMLI will also provide job protection for eligible employees.
The Colorado Department of Labor & Employment (CDLE) is responsible for administering the FAMLI program. For more information on FAMLI, employees can find numerous resources on the CDLE website, including the FAMLI Employee Handbook.
For State Employees
The FAMLI program premium payments began on Jan. 1, 2023, and since that time, the State covered the full premium for State employees for the first half of this calendar year. With the passage of Senate Bill 23-234 on April 12, employees must now pay their share of the FAMLI premium at 0.45% as a payroll deduction beginning July 1, 2023. The full premium is 0.90% of wages, split evenly between the State and you, its employees.
What is FAMLI?
In Nov. 2020, Colorado voters approved Proposition 118 to establish a State-run Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program.
With FAMLI, all Colorado workers can access up to 12 weeks of paid leave to take care of themselves or their families during life circumstances that pull them away from work. Those experiencing pregnancy or childbirth complications will receive an additional four weeks.
Who’s eligible for FAMLI?
Employees who have earned $2,500 over the previous year (for work performed in Colorado) will be eligible to receive the paid benefit. Additionally, employees who have been employed with the State for at least 180 days before the start of their leave are eligible for job protection.
Employees can apply for up to 12 weeks of FAMLI paid leave when they, or a family member, experience a qualifying health issue starting in Jan. 2024.
Covered Circumstances Include:
- Caring for a new child, including adopted and fostered children
- Caring for yourself, if you have a serious health condition
- Caring for a family member with a serious health condition
- Making arrangements for a family member’s military deployment
- Addressing the immediate safety needs and impact of domestic violence and/or sexual assault
What does this mean for State employees?
State employees will see FAMLI deductions on their paychecks starting July 2023. Starting Jan. 2024, State employees can apply for up to 12 weeks of FAMLI paid leave when they, or a family member, experience a qualifying health issue.
The Colorado Department of Labor & Employment (CDLE) is responsible for administering the FAMLI program. For general FAMLI questions, email CDLE_FAMLI_info@state.co.us.