Dear Colorado State Legislators,
When only 15% of all workers have access to paid family leave through their employer, it's a big problem for the health of our families and the health of our economy. The CO FAMLI Act (HB18-1001) would have ensured that all Colorado families could thrive in today's workplace and economy. And we were very disappointed that it didn't pass this session.
To those who voted YES on the FAMLI Act: THANK YOU! We've been watching, and we appreciate you standing up for working families in Colorado. We look forward to your continued support of the FAMLI Act in future years.
To those who voted NO on the FAMLI Act: We were incredibly disappointed to see you vote against the FAMLI Act and oppose paid leave for all Coloradans. We’re not stopping the fight for paid family and medical leave any time soon -- and we need you to get on the right side of history.
Nearly 1 in 4 mothers return to work within 10 days of giving birth and 1 in 5 retirees leave the workforce earlier than planned to care for an ill spouse or another family member. Many families end up cobbling together vacation time and sick days to cover time away from work for caregiving and then cross their fingers that nothing goes wrong.
We need a robust paid family and medical leave policy that checks ALL the boxes: It needs to be ACCESSIBLE to all workers, offer a MEANINGFUL length of leave, be AFFORDABLE for workers, employers, and the government, INCLUSIVE in defining family, and offer job PROTECTION. The Colorado FAMLI Act checks all of those boxes!
I hope you will agree that whether it’s to care for a newborn you swear already smiles, a mom who is ill, or a spouse battling cancer, being there for family is what matters. Colorado families shouldn't have to give up a paycheck to do it.
We hope to see you stand with your constituents and support the FAMLI Act next year.