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Proposition 118:
Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program


 

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A Denver Decides Ballot Issue Forum in anticipation of the general election coming up on Tuesday, November 3rd. Proposition 118 proposes amending the Colorado statutes to create a paid family and medical leave insurance program for Colorado employees administered by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and require employers and employees in Colorado to pay a payroll premium to finance paid family and medical leave insurance benefits beginning January 1, 2023, and allow eligible employees up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave insurance benefits annually beginning January 1, 2024, and create job protections for employees who take paid family and medical leave. In this forum, Colorado State Senator Faith Winter, from the 24th Senate District speaks in favor of Proposition 118, and Lauren Grosh, President of Sky Blue Builders, speaks against the proposition.
 


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Proposition 118 (STATUTORY)

Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning the creation of a paid family and medical leave program in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, authorizing paid family and medical leave for a covered employee who has a serious health condition, is caring for a new child or for a family member with a serious health condition, or has a need for leave related to a family member's military deployment or for safe leave; establishing a maximum of 12 weeks of family and medical leave, with an additional 4 weeks for pregnancy or childbirth complications, with a cap on the weekly benefit amount; requiring job protection for and prohibiting retaliation against an employee who takes paid family and medical leave; allowing a local government to opt out of the program; permitting employees of such a local government and self-employed individuals to participate in the program; exempting employers who offer an approved private paid family and medical leave plan; to pay for the program, requiring a premium of 0.9% of each employee's wages, up to a cap, through December 31, 2024, and as set thereafter, up to 1.2% of each employee's wages, by the director of the division of family and medical leave insurance; authorizing an employer to deduct up to 50% of the premium amount from an employee's wages and requiring the employer to pay the remainder of the premium, with an exemption for employers with fewer than 10 employees; creating the division of family and medical leave insurance as an enterprise within the department of labor and employment to administer the program; and establishing an enforcement and appeals process for retaliation and denied claims?

¿Debe haber un cambio en los Estatutos Revisados de Colorado con respecto a la creación de un programa de permiso familiar y médico en Colorado, y, en relación con ello, autorizar el pago de un permiso familiar y médico para un empleado cubierto que haya tenido una afección grave de salud, esté encargado del cuidado de un recién nacido o adoptado o de un familiar con una afección grave de salud, o que tenga necesidad de permiso relacionado con el servicio militar de un familiar o de permiso de protección; establecer un máximo de 12 semanas de permiso familiar y médico, con 4 semanas adicionales por complicaciones de embarazo o de parto, con un tope en cuanto a la cantidad semanal del beneficio; requerir protección laboral y prohibir represalias contra un empleado que utilice el permiso pagado familiar y médico; permitir a un gobierno local optar por no participar en el programa; permitir a los empleados de dicho gobierno local y personas con negocio propio participar en el programa; eximir a los empleadores que ofrecen un plan aprobado privado de permiso pagado familiar y médico; para pagar el programa, requerir una prima de 0.9% del salario de cada empleado, hasta un tope, hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2024, y como se establezca en lo sucesivo, hasta 1.2% del salario de cada empleado, por parte del director de la división de seguro de permiso familiar y médico; autorizar a un empleador a deducir hasta 50% de la cantidad de la prima del salario de un empleado y requerir que el empleador pague el resto de la prima, con la exención de empleadores con menos de 10 empleados; crear la división de seguro de permiso familiar y médico como empresa dentro del departamento de trabajo y empleo para administrar el programa; y establecer un proceso para hacerlo respetar y presentar apelaciones por represalias y reclamaciones denegadas?

What Your Vote Means

A “yes” vote on Proposition 118 means the state will create an insurance program to provide paid family and medical leave benefits to eligible employees in Colorado funded by premiums paid by employers and employees.

A “no” vote on Proposition 118 means the state will not create a paid family and medical leave insurance program.