December 9, 2022

CO Paid Family Leave Program Begins January 2023

Colorado’s Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI) program is scheduled to start January 1., 2023. Employers and employees across Colorado are required to notify employees of payroll deductions by posting the Required Program Notice on or before the January 2023 deadline.

Premium deductions begin in January however, the first payment employers are required to make to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment isn’t due until April 30, 2023[i]. Employers must register on the new My FAMLI+ Employer portal before the first quarterly premium payment is due.

Employers and their employees both fund the FAMLI program, with employers paying at least 50% of the cost. Premiums are set to 0.9% of the employee’s wage, with 0.45% paid by the employer and 0.45% paid by the employee.  Premiums may be adjusted in future years but are capped by law at 1.2%. Small employers with 9 or fewer employees aren’t required to cover the employer share of premiums and are only responsible for deducting and remitting the 0.45% employee share to the FAMLI Division once a quarter.

Private employers of any size can apply to use a private insurance plan that offers the same or greater benefits and protections as the FAMLI plan, but such plans must get prior approval from the FAMLI Division.

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[i] A 30-day grace period will be offered before the first payment is considered late.