Colorado paid family and medical leave

  • The Paid Family and Medical Leave Act was passed on November 3, 2020, which makes Colorado the ninth state to offer paid family and medical leave. Key provisions include: covered employees may be entitled to 12-16 weeks of paid leave for qualifying events; to be eligible, employees must be employed at least 180 days and have earned at least $2,500 in wages during the employee’s base period as defined under the Act; and the cost of the program is shared 50/50 between employer and employee with contributions representing 0.9% of employee wages until December 31, 2024 (at this point the contribution rate will be reviewed and set by the program director).
  • Payroll deductions will begin on January 1, 2023, with the first benefits being payable on January 1, 2024.
  • Employers with less than 10 employees are exempted from employer contributions, and employers can opt-out of participation in the state plan through an approved private plan.

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