State Convenes First Meeting of FAMLI Task Force

For immediate release
Date: July 17, 2019
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003
Fax: (303) 318-8070
Web:  www.colorado.gov/cdle


DENVER - On Tuesday, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) convened the first meeting of the FAMLI Task Force, a 15-member commission (13 voting members and two non-voting state agency members) which is responsible for recommending a plan to implement a paid family and medical leave program for Colorado. 

The task force, created by SB19-188 - FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program (Senators Winter and Williams and Representatives Gray and Duran), is comprised of private employers, organized labor, worker advocates, labor economists and state agencies. Over the next four months, the task force will study paid family leave models, receive and review three expert reports on the administration and establishment of paid family and medical leave programs, receive and review a report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment detailing the health benefits related to paid family and medical leave, and consider proposals from third parties that may be willing to administer all or part of a paid family and medical leave program.

Starting August 15, public comments can be provided for task force consideration on the program via the form posted on the website cited below or by mail. Starting August 25, public comments can also be provided via the Colorado Register. 

The task force will make an initial recommendation on a family and medical leave program for employees in the state by November 1, 2019 which will then be analyzed by an actuary. After reviewing the actuarial analysis a final recommendation on a family and medical leave program will be delivered to the legislature no later than January 8, 2020.

The next meeting of the task force will take place on August 27, 2019. More information, including task force membership, key time deadlines, and a form for submitting comments or questions, can be found at famli.cdle.co. Additionally, because these meetings are open to the public, this website will in the future also provide a link for following task force meetings remotely.