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Colorado Issues Final Rules on Paid Family and Medical Leave

September 9, 2022


Colorado’s rulemaking process regarding its new paid family and medical leave insurance program (FAMLI) continues.

On Aug. 26, the state published final regulations, which provide the most concrete guidance to date regarding the benefits to which employees will be entitled under the FAMLI program as of Jan. 1, 2024.

Under the FAMLI statute, all workers are entitled to FAMLI benefits once they have earned $2,500 in Colorado at any point over the preceding year. This $2,500 threshold can be met from any combination of employers. Functionally, most Colorado employees will thus be eligible for FAMLI benefits on or soon after day one of their employment, unlike the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides that employees are not eligible for FMLA benefits until they have been employed for at least 12 months.

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