What to expect from your first FAMLI payment

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Good news! You’ve successfully submitted your paid-leave claim and have started taking time away from work in order to care for yourself or a loved one. Now you want to know what your pay replacement will look like.

Colorado’s new Family and Medical Leave Insurance Division issued its first benefit payments this week. If you selected direct deposit as your payment option, FAMLI’s payments to your banking institution should arrive in your account within 24 hours or up to 72 hours depending on your bank.

If you elected for your benefits to come on a prepaid debit card, you should have received that card in the mail soon after your FAMLI claim was approved. If you filed your claim in advance, and notified us that your leave officially began the first week of January, your card should be loaded with your first benefit payment this week. 

Here’s a breakdown of when you’ll receive those benefit payments:

  • If you opted for continuous leave, your first payment won't be issued until you have missed one full week of work. Your "payment day" depends on the day of the week you started your leave. 
    • For example: if your leave start date was Tuesday, January 2, 2024, your first full week of leave ended on Monday, January 8, 2024. Your first payment was authorized Tuesday, January 9, 2024, and will go out the following day. In this scenario, your payments will go out automatically every Wednesday for the duration of your leave.
  • If you opted for intermittent or reduced leave, you will receive a Weekly Certification Task each Sunday. If you complete that task by Sunday evening, you may see benefits appear in your account or on your debit card by the following Tuesday. Otherwise, you can expect payment about 48 hours after completing that task  (your weekly deadline to complete it is every Tuesday). 

FAMLI experts are standing by to help if you have questions about your benefit payments. Drop us a line at CDLE_FAMLI_info@state.co.us or give us a call at 1-866-CO-FAMLI any weekday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. MT and we’ll guide you through the process.