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A paid family and medical leave program will ensure that as we rebuild Colorado’s economy, it will be ready to keep Colorado’s people, communities, and workplaces healthy and safe. 


Colorado voters overwhelmingly support paid family and medical leave. Currently, 2.6 million Coloradans would benefit from the program.

Nothing is more important than family. At some point, nearly everyone will need to take time to care for themselves, a new child, or a seriously ill family member. 

Coloradans should not have to choose between paying their bills and taking care of their seriously ill family members or having a baby. 

Eight states, including Oregon, Washington, and Connecticut, have passed similar paid family and medical leave programs. These programs have had lower than expected costs, increased employee retention and have boosted morale. 

Initiative #118
  • Up to 12 weeks of leave (additional 4 weeks for qualifying pregnancy or childbirth complications)
  • Small businesses with fewer than 10 employees are exempt from paying employer premium
  • Employers and employees split 50/50 a contribution of .9% of employee wage (.45% each). Employers can choose to pay up to 100%
  • State and local governments are included, local governments including school districts can choose to opt-out
  • Workers are eligible for leave after earning $2,500 in wages (same as unemployment insurance). Worker’s jobs are protected after 180 days of employment
  • Private plans are allowed if they meet minimum requirements
  • Premiums begin in January 2023
  • Low-income workers (who make up to 50% of the state average weekly) receive 90% of their pay during time off. The maximum weekly benefit begins at $1,100, then adjusts to 90% of state average weekly wage.