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Welcome to the Division of Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Colorado 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. FAMLI will start providing benefits to employees beginning January 1, 2024. 

Both employers and employees will contribute premiums for the program. Employees may start to see a premium contribution on their pay stubs beginning January 1, 2023.

Eligible employees will receive up to twelve weeks of leave. Those who experience pregnancy or childbirth complications will receive an additional four weeks.

    Employees may use FAMLI leave to:

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    Care for a new child, including adopted and fostered children.

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    Care for themselves, if they have a serious health condition.

    Healthcare Family

    Care for a family member’s serious health condition.

    Family Military Deployment

    Make arrangements for a family member’s military deployment.

    domestic violence and/or sexual assault Icon

    Address the immediate safety needs and impact of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

    How much will I pay?

    Employers and their employees are both responsible for funding the program and may split the cost 50/50. The premiums are set to 0.9% of the employee’s wage, with .045% paid by the employer and .045% paid by the employee. Employers may also choose to pay the full amount if they would like to offer this as an added perk for their employees. Use the calculator below to estimate what your premiums may be.

    January 1, 2024

    FAMLI launches:  Colorado workers can apply for benefits as needed to care for themselves and their families

    When you need paid leave for an approved  reason, you will inform your employer and apply for benefits via the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s benefit management portal.

    January 1, 2023

    Colorado begins to build the Benefit Fund through employer and employee contributions

    Contributions may be split 50/50 between you and your employer.

    Fall 2022

    Employer Registration Begin

    Colorado employers and self-employed individuals opting into the program may begin to register with the FAMLI program through the new technology system portal. 

    Spring 2021-Fall 2022

    Colorado Department of Labor and Employment begins to implement the FAMLI program

    Key roles are hired, funding is established, a technology solution is built, community education and outreach is ongoing and training for staff begins in preparation for program launch.

    November 2020

    The FAMLI program passes at the ballot

    With 57.3% of the vote, Colorado became the first and only state to pass a Paid Family Leave Program at the ballot box.