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Colorado Employers – Are You Ready for FAMLI Starting Jan. 1, 2023?

Posted by: Karen Booher on October 18th, 2022

In November 2020, Colorado voters approved Proposition 118, paving the way for a state-run Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program.

FAMLI will ensure Colorado workers have access to paid leave during certain life events. It is a social insurance program with both employers and employees contributing to the fund starting Jan. 1, 2023, that will eventually pay out benefits to eligible employees starting 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 and thus most Colorado employees will 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.

Covered Uses of FAMLI Leave:

Under FAMLI, an employee is entitled to up to 12 weeks of paid leave for qualifying reasons, plus an extra four weeks for pregnancy or childbirth-related reasons, on a 12-month period rolling backwards, beginning on the first day in which an employee begins taking FAMLI benefits.

Qualifying reasons include:

Some Highlights of FAMLI:

What is the Process for Employees to Request FAMLI Benefits:

This information is not a fully comprehensive outline of FAMLI and is only meant for general informational purposes. 


  1. https://famli.colorado.gov/
  2. FAMLI 101 Slide Deck
  3. SHRM article, “Colorado Issues Final Rules on Paid Family and Medical Leave”, by David Gartenberg and Carolyn Theis, Littler. September 9, 2022.

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