Colorado’s Parental Involvement in K-12 Education Act to Expire September 1

Signed into law on June 1, 2009, the Parental Involvement in K-12 Education Act (the Act) requires covered Colorado employers to provide full-time employees with up to six hours a month (up to 18 hours per academic year) of unpaid leave to attend certain school activities for their children. Part-time employees are entitled to a pro-rated amount of leave. Employees in executive or supervisory roles are exempted.

When the law was passed it contained a sunset provision with an expiration date of September 1, 2015, unless the Colorado legislature took action to renew it. House Bill 1221 was proposed during the 2015 legislative session to extend the law, but did not pass. Given the Colorado legislature adjourned on May 6, 2015 (and barring a special session before September), the Act will expire on September 1, 2015. Colorado employers may want to review their employee handbooks and policies to determine if there are references to the Act and remove those references when the Act expires.