Colorado Paid Sick Leave Bill Dies, Hearing on Worker’s Compensation Surcharge Rates May 30

The paid sick leave bill (S.B. 14-196) that would have created the family and medical leave insurance (FAMLI) program for employees taking leave to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition died in the Colorado Senate Appropriations Committee last week. Bill sponsor Sen. Jessie Ulibarri (D-Commerce City) asked the Committee to kill his bill because there was not enough money in the 2014-2015 budget to pay for it. The nonpartisan Colorado Legislative Council estimated that it would cost the state $16 million to launch the program and require the state to hire 238 employees. Ulibarri plans to continue working on the bill.

On May 30, 2014, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will hold a hearing on the surcharge rates insurers must pay on all workers’ compensation premiums issued in Colorado. The Division of Workers’ Compensation proposes to increase this rate beginning July 1, 2014. The hearing will be held 9 a.m. at 633 17th Street in the second floor conference room. Interested parties can also submit comments by May 9, 2014. The notice of hearing is available here.