Individuals and Families

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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.

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Care for a family member’s serious health condition.

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Make arrangements for a family member’s military deployment.

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Address the immediate safety needs and impact of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
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Once FAMLI benefits become available to workers in January 2024, the program will ensure Colorado workers have access to paid leave when they face life circumstances that force them to choose between earning a paycheck, or taking care of themselves or their family. Eligible employees may receive up to twelve weeks of leave. Those who experience pregnancy or childbirth complications may receive an additional four weeks.

It’s important to note that FAMLI differs from the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The three main differences are:

  • FAMLI is paid leave. FMLA is unpaid, job-protected leave.
  • Employees working for a business of any size are eligible for FAMLI.
  • Self employed workers are also eligible to opt into the FAMLI program. FMLA is available to employees of covered employers only.
     
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Weekly Income Formula

During their leave, the FAMLI Division will pay employees up to 90% of their wages based on a sliding scale and proportional to Colorado's average weekly wage. As of July 2022, the State's average weekly wage is $1,350.55. Low wage earners will qualify for a higher percentage of wage replacement. Benefits are capped at $1,100 per week.

For information on what your FAMLI benefit would be, check out the Premium and Benefits Calculator.

Weekly Wage Weekly Benefit Maximum Annual Benefit Percent of Weekly Wage
$500 $450 $5,400 90%
$1,000 $768 $9,216 77%
$1,500 $1,018 $12,216 68%
$2,000 $1,100 $13,200 55%
$3,000 $1,100 $13,200 37%
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FAMLI for Self-Employed Individuals

Most Colorado workers will be eligible for FAMLI benefits, including self-employed individuals and independent contractors. Participation for self-employed workers is optional. If you do decide to opt into FAMLI as a self-employed worker, you must agree to participate by paying premiums and reporting your income for a minimum of three years in order to avoid only opting in only when the need for leave is foreseeable. There is no enrollment period for self-employed workers. You can opt in any time and apply for leave any time once benefits become available in 2024. No action is required until then.

 

Calculating Your Wages as a Self-Employed Individual

Self-employed workers will only be responsible for paying the 0.45% employee share of the premium. Self-employed workers may decide between reporting their gross income or net earnings from their self-employment in order to determine their quarterly premium payments and potential benefit payments. Self-employed individuals will be able to change between net earnings and gross income one time within a coverage period. Self-employed workers will report their earnings and pay their premiums within My FAMLI+ Employer after self electing coverage once FAMLI benefits become available in 2024. 

The FAMLI Division may require copies of tax returns, bank records, self-attestations, or any other documents deemed necessary by the Division to verify or determine the income of individuals electing coverage as a self-employed individual.