Local Governments

FAMLI affects Colorado local government employers differently than private businesses. The statute was written to give local governments options to participate. Local Governments can vote to opt out of FAMLI anytime during 2022. Local governments need to conduct their vote and notify the FAMLI Division by January 1, 2023 in order to avoid being responsible for premiums in 2023. No vote is required if the local government plans to participate in the program. All local governments must register with the Division in My FAMLI+ Employer even if they have voted to opt out. 

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FAMLI Voting Timelines graphic, explained more fully in text
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Options for Local Government Employers

Local government employers have three options when it comes to participating in FAMLI:

Local governments can:

  • Participate in FAMLI
  • Decline ALL participation
  • Decline EMPLOYER Participation
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  • This option means that the Local Government has decided to participate, no vote is required.
  • Just like private employers, local governments which choose to fully participate in FAMLI, will share responsibility for funding the program with their employees. FAMLI premiums are set to 0.9% of the employee’s wage, with 0.45% paid by the local government and 0.45% paid by the employee. Local governments may also elect to pay some or all of the employee share if they choose to offer this as an added perk for their employees.
  • In the Fall of 2022, the local government must register in the FAMLI system and create an account like any typical private sector employer. 
  • Local governments which decide to participate in FAMLI will begin deducting FAMLI premiums from its employees on January 1, 2023. Initial premium payments for Q1 of 2023 will be due on April 30, 2023, with a 30-day grace period.

 

  • The local government’s governing body must vote to decline all participation. 
  • The local government must register in the FAMLI system to notify the FAMLI Division of their vote to decline participation. 
  • Employees still have the option of self-selecting FAMLI coverage if their local government employer votes to opt out. 
  • Employees who voluntarily want to participate do not need to take any action until benefits become available in 2024 at which time they can self-elect coverage. These employees can then register in the FAMLI system like an independent contractor in order to report their wage data and pay their quarterly premiums.
  • Local government employers who vote to decline participation in the FAMLI program are not required to have an equivalent paid leave plan in place.
  • The vote to opt out of FAMLI must be revisited every eight years.

 

  • This option allows a local government agency to decline to pay the employer share of the premium, while still supporting employees who want to participate by voluntarily deducting and remitting the employee share of the premium (0.45% of wages) and corresponding wage data to the Division every quarter.
  • This allows employees to voluntarily opt into the program without having to worry about the administrative burden of remitting their own premiums and wage data every quarter.
  • The local government’s governing body must still vote to opt out of paying the employer premium and must still register and notify the Division of their decision.
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Options for Employees of Opted-Out Local Governments

Local government employees whose employers have opted out can still access FAMLI benefits! They have until 2024 to decide whether to participate on their own: no action is required to self-elect FAMLI coverage until benefits become available in 2024. Here are your options when your employer opts out:

I don’t want the FAMLI Benefit

  • As an employee you do not have to do anything if you do not want to participate in the FAMLI program.

I do want the FAMLI benefit: What do I need to do?

  • Because FAMLI benefits don’t become available until 2024, you do not need to take any action until you can self-elect coverage in 2024. At that time, you will need to register with the FAMLI Division as an employee of an opted-out Local Government Employer in order to submit your wage reports and pay your FAMLI premiums.
  • Your premiums will be 0.45% of your wages. 
  • When you self-elect FAMLI coverage, you must commit to participating in the program by filing wage data and submitting premium payments for three years. 
  • You will be eligible to file for a claim for FAMLI leave as of January 2024. More guidance on how to self-elect coverage and how to file a claim will be published here in late 2023.