By Rebecca Hudson
On March 7, democratic lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 188, which would provide partial wage replacement for Colorado workers by mandating a state family and medical leave benefit. Under the legislation, Coloradans would be able to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn, a family member with a serious health condition, or who is unable to work due to the individual’s own serious health condition or on account of being the victim of domestic violence or abuse.
Under the new law, each employee and employer in Colorado would pay one-half the cost of a premium based upon a percentage of the employee’s annual wages. The premiums would be deposited into a family and medical leave insurance fund from which leave benefits would be paid. The state would administer the program similar to unemployment insurance. The program would be mandatory for all full- and part-time workers of any size business.Read more