FAMLI Bill Shelved; Colorado to Study Better Approaches

Under mounting pressure from business groups and other interests, Democrats have decided to cease plans to pass the Family Medical Leave Insurance program (FAMLI), HB18-1001, and will instead focus on language that would assemble a task force to study the issue with an eye toward having a program in place by 2023.

The bill would have created the Family and Medical Leave Insurance program in the Department of Labor and Employment to provide partial wage-replacement benefits to eligible individuals who took leave from work to care for a new child, a family member with a serious health condition, or the employee’s own serious health condition.

Issues of solvency, concurrency with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, and a slew of amendments that promised to gut the bill in its original form led state Senators Faith Winter and Angela Williams to take a different tack with the bill.