Expecting a refund on your 2023 employer premiums? Here’s what you need to know.

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Colorado’s new Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program covers partial pay replacement for workers who need to temporarily step away from their jobs because of certain life events.

Employers and workers alike contribute to the insurance fund, but employers were given the option to choose a private insurance carrier to provide coverage, instead of the FAMLI Division. Employers that chose an approved carrier by October 31, 2023, are entitled to get a refund of the premiums they paid the FAMLI Division earlier in 2023.

All employers that met the requirements and the deadline have heard directly from FAMLI on getting those refunds. Now it’s time for those employers who chose expedited refund processing and agreed to handle refunding the employee portion of the refunds to their current and former staff to make sure they finish the job.

If you’re an employer in this refund category, here’s what you need to know about getting refunds to your employees:

  • If you returned the Agreement to Refund 2023 FAMLI Employee Contributions to the FAMLI Division, you commit to refunding employee contributions to all individuals whether they are currently employed by your business or have moved on to other opportunities. Submitting the agreement will allow us to issue the full amount of the premiums you paid in 2023 directly to you.
  • You’ll need to refund employees who paid FAMLI premiums last year within 60 days.
  • For former employees who worked for you in 2023 (and paid FAMLI premiums) but no longer work for you, you must try to refund their FAMLI contributions as soon as practicable. If you can’t find a former employee who is due a refund, you need to make those funds available as unclaimed property through the Department of Treasury. 
  • You’ll need to send the FAMLI Division written confirmation of these employee refunds using the template we sent you.

If you have any questions about a 2023 FAMLI refund or how to get refunds to your employees, our customer care team is standing by to help weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 1-866-CO-FAMLI (1-866-263-2654).