Colorado Approves Paid Family, Medical Leave Measure for Ballot

Aug. 26, 2020, 4:29 PM

A proposal to establish a paid medical- and family-leave program in Colorado qualified for placement on the November general election ballot, the secretary of state said Aug. 25.

Proposed Initiative 283, Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act, was projected to have more than enough valid signatures to place the proposal on the Nov. 3 ballot, the secretary’s office said in a statement.

If approved by voters, the initiative would allow covered employees to access up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to address a personal serious health condition or that of a family member, to care for a new child, or to take leave for reasons related to a family member’s military deployment or for safe leave. An additional four weeks would be available for pregnancy or childbirth complications.

Employees may submit claims starting Jan. 1, 2024, after which benefits would be provided.

The measure requires job protection and prohibits retaliation against employees taking paid family and medical leave.

Local governments may choose not to participate in the program, and employers would be exempt from offing such leave if they already have an approved private paid family- and medical-leave program.

The program would be funded to Dec. 31, 2024, by a premium of 0.9% of employees’ wages up to a maximum amount and a premium of up to 1.2% of employee wages in subsequent years. Employers could deduct up to 50% of the premium amount from employee wages but must pay the rest of the premium. Employers with fewer with 10 employees would be exempt.

The Department of Labor and Employment would establish a division of family and medical leave insurance to administer the program.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christine Pulfrey in Washington at cpulfrey@bloombergindustry.com
To contact the editor on this story: Michael Trimarchi in Washington at mtrimarchi@bloombergindustry.com

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